Data Scientist/Application Developer Sr.

University of Pennsylvania

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University OverviewThe University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penns distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.Posted Job TitleData Scientist/Application Developer Sr.Job Profile TitleApplication Developer SeniorJob Description SummaryWe are looking for a Data Scientist to join a large team working on highly visible web resources for infectious disease datasets (, microbiome experiments (, and Clinical/Epidemiological studies ( This position is contingent upon funding.Job DescriptionThe Data Scientist will focus on the development of data visualization and/or data analysis applications for For candidates with stronger data visualization interests and skills, the goal of this position will be to construct tools that empower users to quickly interrogate microbial community datasets (from 16S marker gene and shotgun metagenomic studies) using interactive javascript-based graphics. For candidates with a stronger background and interest in statistics, the goal would be to develop analytical tools that allow users to leverage the scale and longitudinal aspect of data on The position will also contribute to (and benefit from) broader dataviz and analytics efforts that are ongoing across these web resources. The position will embed in a team of >30 biologists, bioinformaticians and software developers that work to translate requirements generated by clinical and scientific user communities into effective data representations and interfaces, enabling powerful data-mining capabilities. Successful applicants could come from a variety of backgrounds, including programming, statistics or biology. Participation in the preparation of scientific papers and technical documentation and attendance at scientific meetings is encouraged but not required. The successful hire would be based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.Duties:+ Develop and deploy Javascript-based visualization (or statistical analysis) tools for interrogating microbiome/metagenome data sets.+ Develop user interface workspace features that facilitate user-directed exploration or statistical analysis of complex datasets.+ Develop strategies for visualizing emerging datatypes in microbiome research, such as metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and microbial strain-level details.+ Address website and data bugs in a timely manner.+ Additional duties, as assigned.QualificationsBachelors degree in computer science, data science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, biology or related field and 3-5 yrs of relevant work experience required. Experience in data science, data visualization application development, or building web-based tools for statistical analysis is required. Experience in bioinformatics or microbial genomics is a strong plus. Experience with and working knowledge of JavaScipt, UNIX, Perl, R, SQL and relational databases and XML are all required. An active interest in web programming is desirable and experience a plusWorking ConditionsOffice, library, computer roomPhysical EffortTypically sitting at a desk or tableJob Location – City, StatePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / SchoolSchool of Veterinary MedicinePay Range$59,703.00 – $168,837.00Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.The University of Pennsylvania’s special character is reflected in the diversity of the Penn community. We seek talented faculty and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action, Penn’s robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the University’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and public service. The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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