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At the Client Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), NIBR Informatics (NX) serves the global NIBR research community to provide the best of breed, bleeding edge informatics platforms, as well as in-depth data analysis services. The members of this group have a chance to participate in the groundbreaking medical research activities to re-define the grammar for medicine in the post-genome era. NIBR Informatics is looking for a degree-educated Principal Analyst, Scientific Information Systems with an understanding of biology, research data, and lab workflows, as well as excellent experience in software engineering and informatics, to join a multi-disciplinary Discovery Biology Informatics Group. Work location will be in Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate will work closely with scientists and talented software engineers to re-define the NIBR-wide informatics systems to meet the challenge arising from cutting-edge research. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated team player with a strong understanding of biology, ideally basic understanding of immunology, as well as data management and analysis needs associated with exploratory research. This person should have proven record of building effective tools for scientists in a research environment and be capable of scientifically leading a technical team to deliver solutions to support NIBR biology research.
Major Accountabilities / Key Performance Indicators
Gather user requirements and perform needs assessments to guide development and selection of software systems.
Support scientific research with software systems that capture experimental design, enable data analysis and interpretation.
Design and/or supervise development and testing of software systems to meet or exceed project objectives.
Lead, mentor, and inspire a high-performing team of developers by establishing high technical standards and demonstrating, by way of example, technical excellence in all stages of software development.
Use software version control system, automated build tools, ticket tracking software, architecture documentation, and release engineering processes.
Develop and optimize techniques and methods to improve software development processes including test driven development, agile methodology, and pair programming.
Work closely with cross-functional groups (engineers and researchers, management, business analysts), in a highly matrixed organization to build constructive and effective relationships throughout the whole organization.
Contribute code to larger projects, or implement small individual solutions using scripting languages
At least 2-4 years of experience in the design and implementation of software systems. Documented software development skills and experience with software technical documentation are desired. Ideal candidates will possess the following:
A PhD or Master's degree in biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics or other science discipline and/or computer science
Strong analytical skills and the ability to focus on many tasks at once
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to express computer-related information in layman terms
Strong knowledge of software design and implementation including for complex workflows and datasets
Strong ability to take initiative and wide latitude for independent judgment
Strong ability to handle multiple assignments at one time while working independently and effectively under deadlines
Demonstrate respect and dignity in decisions, communications, and actions
Professional communication and interaction with all levels of the organization.
The following qualifications would be a plus:
Formal experience as a business analyst
Experience with international, multi-site software development projects
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