Data Scientist/Application Developer Senior

Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 08, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 08, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Data Scientist/Application Developer Sr.

Job Profile Title

Application Developer Senior

Job Description Summary

We are looking for a Data Scientist to join a large team working on highly visible web resources for infectious disease datasets (, microbiome experiments (, and Clinical/Epidemiological studies ( This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The Data Scientist will focus on the development of data visualization and/or data analysis applications for For candidates with stronger data visualization interests and skills, the goal of this position will be to construct tools that empower users to quickly interrogate microbial community datasets (from 16S marker gene and shotgun metagenomic studies) using interactive javascript-based graphics. For candidates with a stronger background and interest in statistics, the goal would be to develop analytical tools that allow users to leverage the scale and longitudinal aspect of data on The position will also contribute to (and benefit from) broader dataviz and analytics efforts that are ongoing across these web resources. The position will embed in a team of >30 biologists, bioinformaticians and software developers that work to translate requirements generated by clinical and scientific user communities into effective data representations and interfaces, enabling powerful data-mining capabilities. Successful applicants could come from a variety of backgrounds, including programming, statistics or biology. Participation in the preparation of scientific papers and technical documentation and attendance at scientific meetings is encouraged but not required. The successful hire would be based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


  • Develop and deploy Javascript-based visualization (or statistical analysis) tools for interrogating microbiome/metagenome data sets.
  • Develop user interface ‘workspace’ features that facilitate user-directed exploration or statistical analysis of complex datasets.
  • Develop strategies for visualizing emerging datatypes in microbiome research, such as metatranscriptomics, metabolomics, and microbial strain-level details.
  • Address website and data bugs in a timely manner.
  • Additional duties, as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, biology or related field and 3-5 yrs of relevant work experience required. Experience in data science, data visualization application development, or building web-based tools for statistical analysis is required. Experience in bioinformatics or microbial genomics is a strong plus. Experience with and working knowledge of JavaScipt, UNIX, Perl, R, SQL and relational databases and XML are all required. An active interest in web programming is desirable and experience a plus

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.