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The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer - Front End.
Aquarium (aquarium.bio) is an open-source whole-lab automation system built to support a cloud biology lab that performs workflows with human technicians. Aquarium enables researchers to work remotely as they design and launch experimental plans built from a menu of modular protocols. Using the software, plans are executed by the lab in a semi-automated fashion: user requests are scheduled by a lab manager, who assigns each task to a lab technician who performs all aspects of the work guided by a protocol that executes in Aquarium. As a result, technicians with a base level of training are able to execute complex protocols with remarkable reproducibility, traceability, and data integrity. Building upon this platform, and related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have funding to adapt Aquarium to deal with resiliency in diagnostic testing and research.
We are searching for a software engineer who will help us rebuild the Aquarium user interface using modern web frameworks (React/Redux) on top of the Ruby on Rails backend. This engineer will work within the Aquarium software team to improve and extend Aquarium to support research resilience.
•Designs, writes and tests Aquarium software improvements and new features to support research continuity and resilience. •Selects tasks based on project plan and priorities; works without supervision once tasks are determined; reports progress per team standards; and gets help from Project Lead for complex or unanticipated issues. •Uses software development knowledge to contribute to decisions on team methodology, software design, project prioritization and project planning. •Contributes to other development and support activities when needed: develop or modify deployment configurations, create software releases, and communicate and consult with user community. •Designs, writes and tests Aquarium software improvements and new features to support distributed work in scientific research •Participates in meetings and activities with core team and collaborators
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Informatics (Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement) •Minimum three years of work experience in software development and engineering
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Development of large React/Redux project using Typescript. •Experience working on legacy software. •Experience on small teams. •Agile software development experience. •Experience building scientific workflow or automation software. •Background or interest in laboratory science, workflow management or automation. •Experience with software development tools such as npm/yarn, eslint, prettier, VS Code, Docker, and •Kubernetes.
WORKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS •Travel is expected. Minimum is one week every three months
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