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Positions: Scientific Software Developer (UCSD) | Postdoctoral Researcher (UCSD) | Scientific Web Application Developer (Rutgers)

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine
Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine (Rutgers)

Scientific Software Developer (UCSD)

The RCSB PDB is seeking a Scientific Software Developer with skills as a seasoned, experienced bioinformatics programming professional and a broad understanding of computational algorithms.

The incumbent will develop, implement, and maintain complex scientific and web-based software systems for the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB; at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

The Scientific Software Developer will work closely and collaboratively with other software developers and scientists at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the RCSB PDB partner sites to expand's functionality and reliability as a premier biological data and information resource. S/he will develop new scalable algorithms for the mining and analysis of the rapidly growing PDB archive using leading edge Big Data technologies, design and implement user interfaces for the query, analysis, reporting, and visualization of 3D structural information and associated annotations, as well as integrate external database resources with RCSB PDB to provide a structural view of biology. The incumbent will help lead the design of databases and data warehouses to store and aid in the query of data and be actively involved in the software development process, maintenance and system standards for analysis algorithms, tools, and infrastructure.

Additionally, the incumbent will serve as an expert on relevant scientific and technical aspects of the various web, web services, and database components of the RCSB PDB. S/he will stay abreast of the latest development in structural and computational biology and new technologies, apply advanced bioinformatics concepts to design, develop, modify, debug, and evaluate highly complex software programs and web tools, and translate scientific problems into scalable and maintainable software solutions that meet end-user needs. The incumbent will also further science through Scientific Publications, written in collaboration with our team.

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RCSB PDB is a friendly and collaborative working environment with excellent professional development opportunities. UC is committed to providing competitive compensation and benefits for all UC employees.

Postdoctoral Researcher (UCSD)

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the multidisciplinary team of the RCSB Protein Data Bank at UC San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

The successful applicant will work on research projects that drive next generation search tools at Dealing with redundancy within the Protein Data Bank (PDB) is an important challenge in face of the ~10% year-on-year growth in structural data stored in the PDB. Tackling the redundancy problem requires understanding of similarities and differences among macromolecules at many different levels. She/he will be expected to contribute to this project by devising new and improved algorithms for protein family classification at levels such as biological assemblies. The ultimate aim of this project is to improve the findability of data in the PDB by building the next generation search engine for structural molecular biology.

Note, this position is reviewed annually on the basis of performance and can be renewed.


Qualifications: Ph.D. in one of the following research areas

  • Computer Science with a focus on Bioinformatics
  • Structural Bioinformatics, or related field with a focus on software development
  • Structural Biology with a focus on software development


  • Demonstrated proficiency in a high-level programming language, such as Java, Python, C++, and experience with state of the art software engineering tools.
  • Strong skills in problem solving and algorithm design are required.
  • A background in NoSQL database technologies would be beneficial.
  • Experience in development of modern web applications, user interface design, or scientific visualization would also be a plus.
  • We expect candidates to have shown high productivity demonstrated by publications and contributions to open source software projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

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Scientific Web Application Developer (Rutgers)

Research Associate


We are looking for a highly motivated, full-stack developer with a minimum of five years experience using modern database and web technologies. The candidate should enjoy engaging with other developers and scientists in a collaborative team environment.

The work at RCSB PDB focuses on data analysis and transformation, and the presentation and visualization of data using complex interactive graphical user interfaces. An important aspect is to provide users with the ability to search and explore the PDB data archive. Solutions are implemented using a wide range of components developed and maintained in-house, in addition to third-party tools, libraries, frameworks and technologies. The candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-changing environment, and able to demonstrate an ability to think creatively, generate new ideas, and implement solutions. The candidate should also show an eagerness and willingness to learn new skills and technologies.


The candidate should have experience working with several of the following technologies, languages, and frameworks, or have experience with comparable or related technologies: Document databases (MongoDB), search and data analysis tools (ElasticSearch, GraphQL), Java, Python, Javascript, JSON, React, Node.js, HTML, Git, shell scripting, use of modern IDEs.

Scientific background in any of the following areas would be considered a major plus: Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genomics.

Experience working with large and complex scientific datasets would also be considered a plus.

While a scientific background is not an absolute requirement for the position, the candidate should indicate an interest in engaging with scientists and scientific content, and in working in an academic/research environment.

Job Description

Responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Design, development and deployment of modern web and data applications.
  • Analysis, refactoring and adaptation of legacy code to conform to new architecture designs.
  • Development of complex interactive graphical user interfaces.
  • Debugging, testing, troubleshooting.


  • PhD or Masters degree in Computer Science, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, or a related discipline, or a comparable combination of education and experience developing modern scientific Web applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

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RCSB PDB is a friendly and collaborative working environment with excellent professional development opportunities. At Rutgers, this academic position offers New Jersey state benefits and a faculty-level salary.


RCSB PDB is a world-renowned, scientific organization focused on serving technical, educational and other programmatic needs of scientific and research communities worldwide. serves millions of users in academia and industry. The RCSB PDB development team, located at UCSD/SDSC and Rutgers, creates leading edge web technologies targeted for scientific and educational audiences.


As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC supports hundreds of multidisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of domains, from earth sciences and biology to astrophysics, bioinformatics, and health IT. SDSC launched Comet, a petascale supercomputer that joins the Center’s data-intensive Gordon cluster. SDSC is a partner in XSEDE (eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world.

About Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

RCSB PDB is located at the Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine at Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 70,000 students and 23,400 full- and part-time faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.