Berkeley Lab's Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division has an opening for a Front End Developer. As part of the KBase implementation team, the front end developer will help design, implement, test, and evaluate user-facing features of KBase. The developer will with the user engagement teams in building and testing interfaces with various user groups to enhance usability and functionality.
Front End Developer (Level 1) Specific Responsibilities:
Under general direction, work with the product and implementation teams to design and code the KBase user-facing platform, including specifications for optimal user experience. This platform is comprised of:
o the KBase Narrative Interface (based on the Jupyter Notebook),
o the KBase data interfaces (for sharing, displaying and accessing biological data),
o the KBase apps (UI elements that wrap complex bioinformatics workflows),
o the KBase user and social tools (for individuals to access their data and narratives and to share their work with others in the system).
Assist in defining standards and process for collecting user-based usability data from a variety of testing processes, both from team members and community KBase users.
Develop and maintains documentation describing the design of the KBase UI/UX model. These must cover the overall architecture as well as usage information for those developing or integrating tools into KBase.
Regularly take initiative to transfer technical and functional knowledge to teammates, colleagues, and users of the KBase platform.
Be on the forefront of understanding useful data engineering tools and best practices.
Write tested, maintainable code to support all of the above.
In addition to the above, Front End Developer (Level 2) Specific Responsibilities:
Work under minimal direction:
○ Usability studies, A/B testing, applying user centered design principles to current and future KBase user interfaces.
○ Implement large user interface projects for the KBase Narrative and Dashboards
Rapidly generate front end prototypes and mockups.
Define and help to promote user interface standards across KBase user interfaces.
Work with other developers on extending/modifying backend in Python and other backend languages that support front end interfaces.
Develop/extend KBase testing practices to support integration testing of KBase front ends, as well verifying support for multiple browser platforms and versions.
Additional Responsibilities as needed for the Front End Developer (Level 1 & 2):
Fulfill other assignments and projects as directed by the KBase management.
Front End Developer (Level 1) Required Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to test and debug code in the development and browser environments.
Demonstrated experience to write high-performance, readable/reusable code for UI components which work across multiple browsers.
Excellent analytical skills with demonstrated ability for improving the product, user experience, code quality.
Proven track record of developing software in large, collaborative teams following modern best practices.
Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, facilitation, and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with highly distributed, interdisciplinary teams.
Practical experience with agile software development practices.
Excellent coordination and project management skills to handle complex projects.
In addition to the above, Front End Developer (Level 2) Required Qualifications:
Five years work experience in addition to Bachelor's degree in a related field or 3 years of experience in addition to a Master's degree, or overall equivalent work experience.Ability to independently solve front end design issues: seeking out stakeholders to resolve questions about requirements, ability to prototype and present alternative options for review and approval, ability to rapidly learn and deploy new technologies as appropriate for complex, changing requirements
○ Experience in formal user centered design: ability to plan and execute user testing and similar usability oriented tasks.
○ Demonstrated proficiency with large scale, complex front end projects using either single page application frameworks, or a large collection of JS front end libraries.
Demonstrated experience in evaluating different design alternatives and through interaction with peers and stakeholders, arriving at a well reasoned and appropriate decision.
Additional Desired Qualifications for the Front End Developer (Level 1 & 2):
Prior experience with SQL and NoSQL databases.
Experience working with scientific datasets and developing data visualization tools.
Experience with UI testing and user-centered design.
Familiarity with biology and bioinformatics systems.
Experience using the Jupyter Notebook platform and/or developing for it (e.g. building notebook extensions or custom visualizations).
Experience deploying production systems in a cloud environment, with the ability to respond elastically to highly dynamic usage patterns.
Knowledge of open source software development practices and community standards.
Experience leading, managing and mentoring technical teams.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 31, 2018.
This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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