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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Company
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
82704
AJE Ref #
576076046
Location
Berkeley, CA
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Bachelors Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science, or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an immediate opportunity for a Senior Front End Developer to join the Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) team.

Designed to meet the key challenges of systems biology (predicting and ultimately designing biological function), KBase integrates numerous biological datasets and analysis tools into a unified, extensible system that allows researchers to collaboratively generate and test hypotheses about biological functions. The projects long-term goal is to help researchers to understand how plants and microbes interact with and affect each other and environmental processes and how these interactions could be harnessed for sustainable bioenergy and environmental solutions.

You should have specialized knowledge in the design and implementation of web-based user interfaces for data analysis platforms and will work with the rest of the KBase team on designing and building all user-facing aspects of the main KBase system.

Specific Responsibilities:

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Lead the design and implementation of the KBase user-facing platform, including specifications for optimal user experience. This platform is comprised of:

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the KBase Narrative Interface (based on the Jupyter Notebook),
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the KBase data interfaces (for sharing, displaying and accessing biological data),
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the KBase apps (UI elements that wrap complex bioinformatics workflows),
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the KBase user and social tools (for individuals to access their data and narratives and to share their work with others in the system).

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Define standards and lead process of collecting user-based usability data from a variety of testing processes, both from team members and community KBase users.
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Develop and maintains documentation describing the design of the KBase UI/UX model. These must cover the overall architecture as well as usage information for those developing or integrating tools into KBase.
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Regularly take initiative to transfer technical and functional knowledge to teammates, colleagues, and users of the KBase platform.
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Be on the forefront of understanding useful data engineering tools and best practices.
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Write tested, maintainable code to support all of the above.
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Fulfill other assignments and projects as directed by the KBase management.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:

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Assist production lead and Project Management team in allocating development team resources as needed to meet project deliverables.
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Interface with Executive Committee and PI team during scheduled conference calls.
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Interface with the projects external Technical Advisory Committee, take their input and recommendations into consideration and ensure implementation of those agreed upon with project leadership.
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Attend key meetings with DOE officials and visit other project sites (ANL, ORNL, BNL) at least once a year to interface directly with other project teams.

Required Qualifications:

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Bachelors Degree in computer science, computational biology, or equivalent experience and 8 years experience in designing and developing web front-ends using such technologies as: Javascript, .Net, JSP/JSF, AJAX, REST, CSS, HTML.
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Proven track record of designing high-quality UI/UX systems focused on complex data interaction, analysis and collaboration. Advanced experience with modern JavaScript frameworks (e.g., Angular, Ember, React, etc.)
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Demonstrated ability to test and debug code in the development and browser environments.
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Demonstrated experience to write high-performance, readable/reusable code for UI components which work across multiple browsers.
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Excellent analytical skills with demonstrated ability for improving the product, user experience, code quality.
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Proven track record of developing software in large, collaborative teams following modern best practices.
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Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, facilitation, and leadership skills.
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Demonstrated ability to work effectively with highly distributed, interdisciplinary teams.
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Practical experience with agile software development practices.
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Excellent coordination and project management skills to handle complex projects.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

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Prior experience with SQL and NoSQL databases
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Experience working with scientific datasets and developing data visualization tools.
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Experience with UI testing and user-centered design.
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Familiarity with biology and bioinformatics systems.
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Experience using the Jupyter Notebook platform and/or developing for it (e.g. building notebook extensions or custom visualizations).
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Experience deploying production systems in a cloud environment, with the ability to respond elastically to highly dynamic usage patterns.
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Knowledge of open source software development practices and community standards.
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Experience leading, managing and mentoring technical teams.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes:

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This is a 1-year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career.
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Salary is commensurate with experience.
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This position requires completion of a background check.
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Work will be primarily performed at: Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.