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Job Req ID:  62660

PMAP Backend Software Engineer – Data

IT@JH Technology Innovation Center is seeking a PMAP Backend 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 Engineer will apply analysis techniques and procedures to gather and then translate business requirements into functional/technical specifications and designs, use functional specifications and designs, produces all or part of the deliverables and maintain databases and application system code.  



PMAP Backend Software Engineer – Data – Precision Medicine Initiative 


About the team 

The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) is uniquely positioned within Johns Hopkins to help design, build, and deploy novel enterprise, departmental, and clinical applications that strive to improve workflow, outcomes, and patient care. Our applications focus on turning data and algorithms into useful visualization tools, improving workflows such as research, patient hand-off, rounding, and cross-team collaboration, and helping patients with medication adherence, data gathering, and overall clinical education. Our team frequently works with data from multiple sources including our Enterprise EMR (Epic), researcher curated data, and other systems. The applications we design, build, and support are critical to our healthcare operations and require high-availability, 24/7 monitoring, and on-call support.


inHealth is a strategic initiative to advance precision medicine at Johns Hopkins. By leveraging skills from the disciplines of medicine, engineering, nursing, and public health, our team is developing patient-level insights that will improve health care. As our insights into human health deepen, so too do our opportunities to apply our knowledge beyond our own patient population, through the development of products and services that will transform health care delivery. Learn more here: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/inhealth/


Our development languages include:

Our development platforms include:

Our database technologies include:

Our DevOps and CI/CD stack includes:

  • Java
  • Spring Boot
  • AngularJS
  • Bootstrap
  • Node.js
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • On-premise Windows & Linux
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • MongoDB
  • OpenTSDB
  • PostgreSQL


  • Azure DevOps
  • Atlassian Tools
  • JFrog Artifactory


PMAP Backend Software Engineer Requirements 

  • Familiarity with database systems (relational and NoSQL)
  • Experience using data ingestion, ETL/ELT, and data lake technologies such as Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 (ADLS), Azure Databricks, Delta Lake, Azure Event Hubs
  • Experience using data engineering tools and languages such as Apache Spark, Python, Java, and Scala
  • Familiarity with cross-platform development tools and techniques
  • Experience supporting a variety of multi-person projects simultaneously
    • Comfortable switching gears depending on business requirements
  • Expertise with production use of 3-4 development languages and/or frameworks
  • Experience taking ownership of 2-3 established applications and/or systems
  • Experience developing RESTful APIs and developing distributed software systems for 2-3 applications
  • One or more technical degrees from an accredited university
  • Bonus: Experience setting up development operations (DevOps) for new and existing projects and/or familiarity with Git, CI/CD tooling (e.g. Azure DevOps, Atlassian Bamboo), build tools (e.g. Maven, Gradle, npm), and associated process automation
  • Bonus: Engineering experience in healthcare IT
  • Bonus: Familiarity with the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and/or FHIR


General summary/purpose 

This position will be responsible for providing all aspects of backend data engineering support for various aspects of the Precision Medicine Analytics Platform (PMAP).


Specific duties & responsibilities 

The PMAP Discovery Platform allows researchers to make discoveries from a unified data lake, and focuses on tools for researchers. The PMAP Delivery Platform is comprised of clinical applications that leverage PMAP aggregated data and Discovery output, and focuses on tools for clinicians, other care providers, and patients.


As a Backend Software Engineer, the position will be expected to participate in a wide array of data and backend software engineering activities, and participate in geographically disparate and cross-disciplinary teams, tasked to plan and deliver new capabilities during each Program Increment. The Backend Software Engineer should expect to develop and enhance data flows and post-processing machinery, and to implement curation processes to transform data through the ingestion pipeline using a number of tools and technologies including but not limited to Azure Data Factory, Azure Databricks, Azure Event Hubs, Apache Spark, Delta Lake, Java, python, and SQL. The position will work closely the Director of Product Development, the PMAP Core Team, and other PMAP and TIC Leadership to identify and prioritize deliverables based on clinical and research needs.


Current and upcoming initiatives include but are not limited to backend data and ingestion support for the following:

  • Continuing to build and support the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) pipeline for NLP notes
  • Ingesting and providing query support for remote monitoring and waveform data via PhysioCloud and the Sickbay Platform
  • Ingestion of genomic data into cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics


General Job Information for the Technology Innovation Center 


  • Thrive in an interdisciplinary team-based environment
  • Are comfortable with ambiguity, and are also willing to take task-based direction on projects
  • Are not intimidated by working directly with world-class clinicians to design and develop software applications
  • Have some background knowledge rooted in the healthcare industry, and are relentlessly curious to know more
  • Would like to know your work is improving patients’ lives and making health systems function better, and you’d like to see this in action
  • Are comfortable with feedback, and enjoy completing multiple iterations of your work before it becomes an enterprise-ready product
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously, and enjoy a collaborative environment with lots of whiteboards and Post-It notes



  • We’re a team of designers, developers, project managers, and business leaders
  • We’re passionate about creatively tackling challenges facing patients, providers, and administrators through software development
  • The software we design and develop facilitates communications, monitoring, analysis, and/or education for clinicians and patients
  • We develop software that ranges from integrated clinical decision-support tools to mobile, remote patient monitoring apps that bridge patients and providers
  • We prioritize work on software applications that have the greatest potential to positively impact patient care within The Johns Hopkins Health System
  • We aim to create and deliver products (through licensing, start-ups, and sales) that are beneficial to other healthcare institutions
  • We aim to disrupt while improving upon the status-quo of healthcare


  • Lead by Serving: be accessible, attentive, and accommodating to the team and our customers
  • Challenge what’s Usual: take initiative, be relentless, and stay curious
  • Take a Team-Based Approach: stay passionate about learning technology from each other and co-innovate



  • Partner with a clinical champion to identify and study the primary audiences
  • Analyze existing clinical workflows of those audiences and ensure the application integrates with daily tasks of primary users
  • Work with Product Development Leads, Designers, and Software Developers to lead stakeholders in design sessions for feature prioritization and feedback
  • Deliver a minimum viable product that allows users to test with clinical teams at Johns Hopkins
  • Support and maintain the application, while also helping the clinical champion in maximizing the application’s positive impact
  • Work with the team to design and execute additional phases of work as needed


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's Degree (or foreign equivalent) in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Electronic Engineering, or a related field. Additional experience may be substituted for education.
  • Five years of related work experience  with computer systems and applications. Additional education may substitute for experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in the assigned application as well as the platform on which it runs.


Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Must possess all requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities as posted in the supplemental section.
  • Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  • Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
  • Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
  • Possesses sound documentation skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Classified Title: Software Engineer
Working Title: PMAP Backend Software Engineer - Data
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: $69,140 - $95,005/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​IT@JH Technology Innovation Center 

Personnel area: University Administration


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


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