CNB Software Developer

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

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.

Job Description Summary

The Application Developer C delivers solutions for business needs. This includes designing, coding, simulation, testing, implementation and maintenance of application software and associated middleware; interfaces and databases in highly complex solutions. May work with vendor delivered software. Will interact directly with functional clients and vendors. He/she ensures adherence to technical, quality assurance, data integrity and security standards. May plan, organize and manage projects and associated schedules and budgets. May  also supervise other IT staff.

Job Description

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. Position contingent on continued grant funding. 


A Bachelor’s Degree and 2 to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Position 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).

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $138,391.00

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.

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