The JBrowse project is recruiting a new lead developer. If you are excited by the maturation of bioinformatics into a web-based, broad-utility discipline, this is the job for you. Since 2007 JBrowse has been bringing a modern dynamic HTML aesthetic to the “traditional” genome browser, being the first mainstream web-based genome browser with live panning, zooming, interactive track rearrangement and dynamic filtering of track lists. Since 2010, JBrowse has been the platform for Web Apollo, the first web-based tool for truly collaborative genome annotation, offering live visual feedback on gene model edits from non-local collaborators. In a sense, the JBrowse project represents both the “Google Maps” and the “Google Docs” of the genome browser space.
We have more exciting offshoots planned, from synthetic biology design aids to genome-based social networking tools. These will demand the visualization of more bioinformatic data types (e.g. gene ontology annotations, phylogenetic trees, sequence alignments, synteny relationships, gene pathways and networks) and integration of associated computational analysis tools. The job requirements go far beyond that of a “maintenance programmer” position, demanding a high level of knowledge of bioinformatics practise, involvement in all aspects of the software life cycle (initial R&D, prototyping, test development, devops deployment, maintenance) as well as clear and effective communication with users and stakeholders.
Your desk will be in the Holmes Lab on the UC Berkeley campus, co-located with the Web Apollo team in Stanley Hall, right at the nexus of genome engineering and applied bioinformatics in the SF Bay Area. This project has a high-visibility, high-impact position at the leading edge of web-based bioinformatics tool development. Previous incumbents of this position have “graduated” to high-responsibility equity-holding positions at key companies in the emerging computational genomics market, such as Foundation Medicine (cancer therapeutics) and Counsyl (prenatal genetic counseling).
Apply at jobs.berkeley.edu, job id# 18514.
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