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Software Engineer: Distributed Computing and Systems Programming

Classified Title: Software Engineer 
Working Title: Software Engineer: Distributed Computing and Systems Programming ​​​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001352-Biology 
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences

The Taylor Lab in the Biology department at Johns Hopkins University is looking for self-driven individuals to fill multiple software development positions. The work will revolve around the Galaxy application (, which is a software framework that (a) enables researchers to store, analyze, visualize and share genomic data and (b) provides genomic tool developers with the ability to deploy their tools within a complete analysis framework. Galaxy is an extremely popular data analysis platform with thousands of worldwide researchers using it on a daily basis.

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 tools.


  • Bachelor's degree. Five years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • Experience with container technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes, Helm)
  • Strong understanding of Python and web development principles, including REST API design
  • Background with cloud computing technologies, GCE, AWS, Azure, OpenStack
  • Experience with automation and configuration management, preferably using Ansible
  • Understanding of authentication and authorization technologies, such as OIDC
  • Familiarity with distributed file systems, ideally in the context of containers

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Design and build cloud infrastructure necessary to allow Galaxy to handle an order of magnitude more users and jobs
  • Automate most aspects of Galaxy deployment for high-availability and self-healing (K8S & Helm)
  • Decompose Galaxy into service-based architecture to facilitate more federated approach to resource harnessing
  • Integrate external authentication and authorization services and solutions

More than anything, we seek self-motivated individuals that are willing to learn and join our team. Galaxy is developed in an academic research environment with collaborators spread all over the world. 

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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