University of Pennsylvania SENIOR JAVA DEVELOPER in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-28657


School Name School of Arts and Sciences

Org Biology

Posted to the Web 04/25/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade D

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule tbd

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

University Overview

The 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 Penn’s 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.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


We are looking for a Senior Java Developer to join the UI / Infrastructure team of six Java and JavaScript developers at EuPathDB, an established academic project of 30+ developers and biologists. EuPathDB specializes in high visibility web sites that integrate diverse large-scale biological datasets relevant to global infectious disease (see, e.g., and Senior Java Developer will collaboratively design and implement major Java back-end components for globally important scientific websites. Co-design and evolve a large-scale, high performance query engine, data mining, and data transformation infrastructure. Work in a RESTful service-oriented architecture, and optionally on a ReactJS/Flux front-end. Develop data analyses and visualizations. Create quality code, modular designs and clean APIs, using external frameworks as needed. Actively share design ideas on a daily basis with a team of committed, talented developers. Bring an interest in exploring new technologies. Optionally, work with biologists to help translate complex scientific use cases into effective tools and interfaces. Combine the advantages of an academic environment with the rigor of developing a production system. Work in an intellectually challenging yet relaxed environment. Enjoy flexible work hours and excellent vacation, tuition, health and retirement benefits. Work on a resource that makes a difference in the health of millions of people. The EuPathDB project, including this open position, is funded by multiple renewable contracts. EuPathDB has had continuous, and expanding, funding for 15 years, and expects the trend to continue. Position is contingent on continued funding.


Required: – BA/BS or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology or related field – 3+ years relevant programming experience – In-depth knowledge of Java – Proven record implementing significant bodies of software – Experience in software design, using best practices and concepts in computer science – Strong interpersonal skills, enabling effective communication with a collaborative teamPreferred: – 5+ years relevant programming experience (or 3+ with Masters degree) – Experience with REST/JAX-RS, including designing REST APIs – Interest in functional programming patterns, including using Java 8+ features – Interest in advanced Javascript, React/Flux (client-side applications) – Comfort in a Linux environment – Interest and/or experience in bioinformatics and genomics is a plus

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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.

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