Website Duke University

    Work Arrangement
    Requisition Number: 197089
    Regular or Temporary: Regular
    Location: Durham, NC, US, 27710
    Personnel Area: MEDICAL CENTER
    Date: Jun 7, 2022

    This Position is fully Grant Funded

    School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

    Occupational Summary

    Provide bioinformatic and software support including applications development and implementation in the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics for a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) project. Work includes engaging with teams of researchers and scientists from various disciplines with a focus on genomics and combinatorial gene regulation. The position will be particularly involved in defining and developing the Center’s data portal, supporting the development of web-based data exploration tools for the genomics community to interact with and benefit from the discoveries done by the Center. The applicant will work with genomics researchers, clinicians, and other scientists in the Center.

    Work Performed

    • Design, develop and deploy the front- and back-end of Duke CEGS portal with a focus on responsive visualizations. Work together with scientists and bioinformaticians to ensure that data resources created by the Center are correctly and efficiently made available and visualized in the website which includes contributing to the design, development, implementation, and testing of biocomputing tools. (70%)
    • Obtain, transform and harmonize genomic datasets for their integration into the database, from public repositories and locally accessible sources. Systematically check for data inconsistencies and work with experimentalists to resolve them.  (20%)
    • Perform other tasks and special projects as assigned. (10%)

    Work Expectations

    • Develop efficient, reliable, robust, user-friendly, and well-documented software for public use on timelines defined by project leadership.
    • Create and maintain public resources for software in GitHub and GitLab with automated tests and continuous integration.
    • Support web development efforts for the team.
    • Focus on user interface and visualizations. Translate bioinformatics to end user of CEGS portal.
    • Consult with project directors, on an on-going basis, to develop long-range strategic alternatives.
    • Initiate collaborations with other bioinformaticians or software developers as needed to support integration of existing systems where appropriate.

    The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

    Required Qualifications at this Level


    Work requires a B.S. in Bioinformatics or the Biological Sciences with demonstrable computational skills; or a B.S. in Computer Science with a strong interest in Biology/Genomics.

    Required Skills and Experience

    • Front-end programming languages (HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript) and back-end programming languages (Ruby, Python, or PHP)
    • Ability to develop solutions independently while also collaborating with a team

    Preferred Skills and Experience

    • Experience with relational databases
    • Data visualization creation
    • Experience with GitHub or GitLab, continuous integration, and good software testing practices
    • Familiarity with the Django web framework

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

    Nearest Major Market: Durham
    Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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