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Chicago, IL

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Job Description

Department2010011 BSD - Center for Research Informatics

About the UnitSince 2011, the Center for Research Informatics (CRI) has advanced the forefront of biomedical and biological sciences at the University of Chicago and beyond. Our 35+ member staff has expertise in clinical data analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, software engineering, and genomic analysis. Recent projects have included designing predictive models of adverse clinical events, developing a clinical trials management software system, and creating custom genomics pipelines. Our team built and now manages one of the largest research-based clinical data warehouses in the country, along with an infrastructure environment that supports high performance computing, compliant storage, and virtualization. In addition to working on world-class research at UChicago, we collaborate on major multi-institutional projects that are changing the face of healthcare and data science. Our work also extends into the private sector, where we support both mature and start-up firms with expert consulting on clinical and genomic data analysis.

Job Information

Job Summary:

We are looking for a talented and motivated front-end web developer to take a lead role in constructing a Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. The PCDC is transforming research in childhood oncology by creating a single platform of harmonized clinical data that will serve as a global resource for medical investigators. At present the disease areas include neuroblastoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and leukemia. CRI will continue expanding into other areas over the next several years. The PCDC Front-end Developer will be responsible for creating the application user interface to achieve an accessible and intuitive experience for cancer researchers across the globe.


* Elucidate and integrate interface and design requirements from multiple stakeholders
* Develop rapid UI/UX prototypes and present to stakeholders for feedback

* Develop modular, responsive, and performant UI/UX components with an emphasis on generality and re-usability of components across multiple projects

* Implement interfaces that allow users the ability to explore and navigate complex multi-faceted data sets

* Work collaboratively with back-end developers in building out the pediatric cancer data commons

* Build and/or maintain deep knowledge of biomedical research data


* Excellent analytical skills
* Desire to work in a university research/biomedical environment
* Open source enthusiast and passionate about learning new technologies
* Ability to effectively assess and prioritize work

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


* Bachelor's degree required.


* Minimum of 3 years development experience with both front-end and server-side web development.
* Background in writing interactive user interfaces with a particular focus on data intensive applications
* Primary UI Developer Skills:
* Web-based technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, JQuery
* JavaScript Frameworks: Angular, React, NodeJS
* CSS frameworks / preprocessors: Bootstrap, Material, SASS, LESS
* CI/CD tools: Jenkins
* Authn / Authz: OAuth2, JWT, SAML2
* Data: JSON, XML
* Other: cross-browser compatibility, visualization with D3 or a corollary
* Familiarity working with version control systems (e.g. SVN, Git) in a collaborative team environment, creating pull requests and performing code reviews.
* Strong knowledge of relational data and ability to write queries as necessary.
* Working knowledge of software design patterns, experience writing automated tests.
* Exposure to Docker, AWS or other cloud or container-based application deployment
* Exposure to a variety of front-end JavaScript libraries and frameworks like Angular and React.
* Experience writing clean, well-structured code.
* Experience working in a collaborative agile environment preferred

Required Documents:

* Resume
* Cover Letter strongly preferred
* Reference Contact List preferred

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit EligibilityYes

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay RangeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours40


Job is Exempt?Yes

Drug Test Required?No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?No

Health Screen Required?No

Posting Date2019-04-29-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-10-29-07:00

Posting Statement:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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