Front End Web Developer

Center for Research Informatics - University of Chicago - Chicago, IL


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.
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.

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.

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