Senior Software Engineer - Institute for Informatics

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Medical Lake, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Scheduled Hours

Position Summary
This position provides technical and analytical work to develop, design, and/or support applications for research and clinical functions of scientists and clinicians. Employees participate in the design and development of informatics solutions using software engineering expertise to include maintenance, modification, or novel implementation of complex inter-related applications/solutions. Solutions link technical knowledge with research and/or clinical solutions and involve participating in design and development, and implementation of simple single systems or interfaces that inter-connect enterprise applications. Duties include participating in designs, developing code based on the architecture and technical design finalized and approved by more senior technical staff, creating and performing unit tests, mentoring junior software engineers and other technical staff and students, and playing a more active role in test case planning for components and functions developed by the employee. Employee should be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

Job Description

Job Description

  • Applies advanced knowledge of software engineering principles (e.g., object-oriented programing and n-tiered application design) and core concepts (e.g., data structures, algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems and databases) to develop and write original software to meet research-based needs.
  • Utilizes experience of scientific and mathematical concepts in the design of single software applications or interfaces.
  • Applies scientific and mathematical concepts to ensure sound implementation of software based on design and architecture approved by more senior technical personnel.
  • Applies core computer science concepts in the development, testing and documentation of software units.
  • Implements client and web-based applications using enterprise scale languages such as C, C++, C#, .NET and Java.
  • Determines when to employ other programming languages (e.g., PHP, Python and Perl) as required to implement application components or interfaces.
  • Identification of and comprehension of new technologies to develop prototypes or working code in existing applications using such novel technologies.
  • Mentors junior software engineers and other technical staff and students in computer science-related tasks.
  • Participates as a member of the technical team in the review of new features of an existing application or of requirements and use cases of a novel application or interface.
  • Participates as a member of the testing team to plan test cases within components developed by the employee and review test cases proposed by more junior technical staff.
  • May lead code reviews of more junior technical staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and/or five to seven years of experience.
  • Experience in the field of Bioinformatics is a plus.
  • Planning and Organization: Possesses expertise in industry best practices as well as change management planning; manages day-to-day work of other technicians and/or analysts.
  • Project Management: Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects on all levels.
  • Technical Knowledge: Demonstrated ability to interact and serve as a technical lead to others; possesses advanced technical knowledge of applications systems analysis and programming; ability to problem solve complex technical issues for architectural design for stable technologies.
  • Technical Solution Development: Ability to research and implement new technologies in specialty or related area; knowledge of computer equipment capacity and limitations in order to devise or modify procedures to solve complex problems; knowledge of system development and/or maintenance technologies needed to support and maintain the infrastructure on which assigned applications reside.
  • Technical Support: Ability to serve as a key resource in solving problems of high complexity to other analyst, technicians and project managers; ability to recommend solutions to technical problems.
  • Consultancy Skills: Ability to consult and collaborate with others on issues and requests that require implementation or creation of a custom solution.
  • Knowledge of varied hardware and software equipment.
  • Previous programming experience.
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated organizational ability.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a closely related field and five years of progressive experience as a Software Engineer, Programmer Analyst, or related position to include five years of experience performing gap analysis, proof of concept for software products, preparing test plans, performing data modeling, performing data migration, and writing PERL, Java, PHP and shell scripts.


Salary Range
$70,300.00 - $120,000.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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