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Job Req ID:  73920

DevOps Engineer

The Department of Biology is seeking a DevOps Engineer  (Software Engineer) who will be responsible for the creation, implementation, maintenance, performance, production support and documentation of various departmental and enterprise-wide application systems. This includes but is not limited to the installation, modification, and testing of new and/or upgraded applications (packages or home grown), operating systems, file structures, hardware, communication devices, and productivity tools.


The DevOps Engineer applies analysis techniques and procedures to gather and then translate business requirements into functional/technical specifications and designs. Using functional specifications and designs, produces all or part of the deliverables. Maintains databases and application system code. 


General summary/purpose: The Schatz Lab in the Biology at Johns Hopkins University is looking for ambitious individuals to fill multiple engineer positions. Come and participate in developing one of the most popular, open source data analysis platforms for genomics. We are a friendly, ambitious research group at Johns Hopkins University working on some of the most popular software in genomics, including Galaxy (galaxyproject.org) and AnVIL (anvilproject.org). These software platforms help thousands of researchers each year solve their data analysis needs. In this position, you will work with cloud technologies, big data, and modern software packages to craft beautiful solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in data analysis. We are currently working on specific topics such as near-data computing, enabling use of GPUs, meta-scheduling across federated resources, uniform authentication, and testing automation. In this position, you will work in a smaller team on one or two of these topics to deliver highly usable services to domain researchers.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Research, design, and implement open source software for analyzing genomic data. Prior familiarity with types of data and tools in genomics is helpful but not required. 
  • Focus on the user experience by producing well-written, polished, and documented code
  • Be a problem solver
  • Work within a team to deploy, support, and maintain developed software
  • Come up with creative ideas for projects and work through them with your teammates
  • Keep learning and advancing your skills by reviewing and digging into code
  • Be a part of a team that’s as excited about your growth and happiness as much as you are about theirs. Be a part of the community.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science or a related field
  • Knowledge of Python, GitHub, SQL database, CI tools, cloud technologies
  • Great communication skills and interest in working with other teammates 
  • Familiarity with the basics of genomics, such as concepts, data types, tools is preferred

Preferred qualifications: Experience with development of software for scientific research desirable. Previous experience working with Galaxy and/or tools for analysis of genomic data a significant plus.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: However, regardless of area of expertise we seek talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. Galaxy was developed in an academic research environment, and members of the Galaxy team work closely with experimentalists on projects at the leading edge of data intensive biological research.


All work performed in the lab is open source and we are committed to the openness of scientific enterprise. Galaxy is written in Python and Javascript with vue.js while the support infrastructure relies on Ansible and, increasingly, containers. We are looking to expand the capacity of the current application and provider better integration with other similar


Classified Title: Software Engineer
Working Title: DevOps Engineer 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: $69,830 - $95,960 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Homewood 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Biology 

Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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