Software Engineer

Published date Posted on Indeed on Nov 15, 2022 (14 d ago)

ABOUT US: Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments work hand-in-hand with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr to merge foundational studies in biology, chemistry and computer science with translational science to produce pioneering drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Together, we cultivate new scientific leaders and expand the frontiers of knowledge to deliver medical breakthroughs to better human health around the globe. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.

POSITION TITLE: * Research Programmer II (Software Engineer)*

POSITION SUMMERY: The hiring laboratory is involved in numerous projects to build software infrastructure and tools for bioinformatics, genetics, and genomics research. We have a particular emphasis on building large scale data integration infrastructure and on community platforms that enable collaboration and crowdsourcing. Representative projects include, the BioThings SDK for building APIs (, and The broader research team includes a mix of software engineers and scientists; of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff; and of geographically and demographically diverse individuals. We actively cultivate an inclusive work environment.

This position can focus on any aspect of software engineering, including developing front-end interfaces to discover and analyze data, backend systems to efficiently access biomedical data, and/or DevOps to deploy and maintain software infrastructure.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience. A degree in a biological or chemical science may be accepted if accompanied with programming education, training, and/or experience.
  • Minimum of two years experience in software application development and research programming.
  • Experience with software development in Python or JavaScript.
  • A demonstrated ability to apply the fundamentals of software application development.
  • Experience with version control, including git and github.

Please include code samples and/or a link to a public code repository with examples of your work.

Prior experience with the one or more of the following is preferred:

  • Familiarity with biomedical research and methodology, especially genetics and genomics.
  • Experience developing scalable system architectures that adhere to good software engineering principles
  • Ability to tackle large, open-ended research questions independently and as part of a team
  • Bioinformatics or computational biology experience
  • Experience working within a diverse, interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience building or consuming web service Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for data integration.
  • Experience contributing to open source software projects.

In addition, for applicants focusing on front-end development:

  • JavaScript frameworks (React, Vue.js, Angular, or similar), HTML5, CSS3, SASS/SCSS/LESS, TypeScript
  • Developing tools to share, visualize, and analyze biomedical data
  • Data visualization principles and methodology, and a portfolio of projects applying these principles to create
  • Web-based static and interactive visualizations using libraries like D3.js or Vega
  • User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design
  • Cloud-based deployment

For applicants focusing on backend development or DevOps roles:

  • Elasticsearch
  • MongoDB
  • Postgres
  • Nginx
  • Linux server (Ubuntu Server) administration
  • Amazon Web Services setup and management
  • Automated deployment
  • Docker/Docker-compose, and automated CI/CD workflow setup
  • Ansible

LOCATION: La Jolla, California or Remote Employment within the United States. In rare circumstances, candidates outside the United States will be considered.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position works in an office environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

COMPENSATION: $53,082-79,786 per year.

EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 update:
The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $53,082.00 - $79,786.00 per year

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