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UCLA Health Systems

DevOps Engineer



Full Time

On Site


Los Angeles, California, United States


The newly formed Cancer Data
Sciences group at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Jonsson
Cancer Center is seeking a Programmer/Analyst with extensive research and
development experience. The successful candidate will be working with a diverse
team of Data Scientists, developing new quantitative strategies to improve our
understanding and ability to treat cancer. Programmer/Analysts in our team are
passionate about applying their knowledge of software development and design to
improve scientific research. They develop scalable and distributed software
solutions that maximize utilization of both local high-performance computer
infrastructure and a growing set of cloud-based assets. Our datasets comprise
several petabytes, and are growing rapidly, creating fascinating problems in
storage, access, parallelization, distributability, optimization,
containerization and core algorithm design. This requires a strong background
in computer science, providing a platform for technical leadership, but linked
to strong personal communication and leadership skills, to help ensure insights
are broadly adopted. The successful candidate will be helping us perform
research that will transform the lives of cancer patients.

Your responsibilities will be
wide-ranging, and include an emphasis on using design, analysis and programming
skills to create systems that improve code quality and boost productivity of
the entire team. You will help drive professional level design and development
practices throughout the entire team, and serve as a local point of expertise
for workflow optimization and containerization. You will typically have one or
two major and several minor projects at any point in time, making appropriate
prioritization, time management and reporting across these. We are in a rapid
growth phase, and the successful candidate will be involved in hiring,
recruiting, onboarding and mentoring junior data scientists and software
engineers. You will have experience in either data-intensive research and
software engineering, or in a large-scale professional software engineering

  • Extensive applied software-engineering experience (5 years minimum, 10 years preferred)
  • Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science (highly desired)
  • Detailed working knowledge of C++, Perl or Python programming/scripting design
  • Working knowledge of software development tools and CASE tools
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Experience with the full software development process including gathering requirements, turning them into a design, implementing the design, and validating the implementation against the original requirements.
  • Knowledge of LINUX/Unix operating system, and source-code versioning systems
  • Strong computer science knowledge, including software design patterns
  • Knowledge of SQL and data modeling
  • Working knowledge of containerization (e.g. Docker, Singularity)
  • Experience developing R-based code
  • Experience with machine-learning, bioinformatics and cancer or molecular biology
  • Knowledge of relational database software (e.g. Oracle, Postgres)
  • Familiarity with distributed programming
  • Understanding of core LAN networking protocols including ethernet, IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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