• Software Engineer, Knowledge Systems Group

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/26/2019 1:03 PM)
    Job ID
    IT/Health IT/Informatics
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    The Knowledge Systems Group (KSG) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks a Software Engineer to help build open-source software to enable precision cancer medicine. The Software Engineer is an exceptional candidate who, in addition to software experience has an interest in applying their skills to tackling problems in human health. We operate at the crossroads of cancer genomics, software, and medicine. Our platforms are focused on mining of cancer genomic data sets, matching patients to clinical trials, and building cloud-based infrastructure for sharing of genomics and immunologic data.



    • Design and develop software, databases and interfaces for running NGS pipelines on cloud-based infrastructure
    • Design and develop software, databases and interfaces for supporting data sharing workflows on a cloud-based infrastructure.
    • Help maintain and migrate current data sharing and NGS pipeline solutions to the new cloud-based version of the software. This will involve coordination and team work with other teams that develop and maintain downstream systems.
    • Orchestrate and deploy cloud-based services via modern devops frameworks.
    • Adhere to the best practices of automated testing at all steps. Help with codereviews.
    • Build and maintain cloud based data processing workflows, incorporating open source tools for scheduling, monitoring and resource management.


    • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field.
    • 2+ years of software development experience, preferably in Python.
    • Experience developing web-services.
    • Working knowledge of relational and non-relational databases.
    • Strong interest in contributing to biological research with clinical applications.
    • Experience with containerization of software (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
    • Experience in modern software development technologies, including distributed versioning systems, continuous integration, and Agile programming practices.

    The candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills, outstanding personal initiative and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Ability to meet deadlines and efficiently multitask is a must.



    Cloud computing experience, e.g. Amazon, Google Compute, or Digital Ocean. Any cloud devop framework experience, such as Kubernetes. Significant experience in systems integration. Experience with pipeline development and automation.



    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.




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