Software Developer

Pennsylvania, United States
14 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

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.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Brain Behavior Lab (BBL) at Penn Medicine and the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine are seeking a full-time research-oriented software developer to join their team. The Penn Computerized Neurocognitive Battery (CNB) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment (CAPA) are computerized batteries of tests and scales that measure multiple domains of neurocognition and clinical symptomatology. These batteries facilitate cutting edge research in cognitive and affective neuroscience, including use in the Army, Marines, NASA, large-scale genetic studies, and many others across the globe, including Antarctica.
The software developer will work with our scientific team to create the next generation of adaptive assessments ( S/he will contribute to the design, development, maintenance and enhancements of effective web applications supporting a variety of research projects using specified networks, operating systems, hardware platforms and development environments. This includes applications supporting large scale assessment projects, data analysis, data reporting, as well as documenting and communicating solutions and results. S/he will assist in the preparation of technical documentation for these applications, systems or computing environments, and will also contribute to planning documents and status reports for immediate management. We provide a challenging and dynamic environment for our programmers where we encourage participation in training seminars and other self-development activities that help maintain continuing awareness of relevant emerging technologies for possible application in research environments.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years or more of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Position Requirements and Preferences:

  • Bachelors in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • 4+ years professional experience with front end development with JavaScript or TypeScript, CSS/Sass, HTML5, and responsive web design. Candidates for this position must have proven experience in providing technology solutions that are developed and deployed in a working environment.
  • 2+ years professional experience building web applications with an understanding of APIs, data serialization and JSON/XML.
  • Working knowledge of databases and SQL programming.


  • Experience with front-end frameworks like React or Angular.
  • Working knowledge of Perl or another scripting language.
  • Basic understanding of Git or another version control system.
  • Experience with Flash.
  • Familiarity with psychometrics (e.g. Item Response Theory).

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.