Application Programmer

Pennsylvania, United States
20 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 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

Job Description

The TURBO (Transforming and Unifying Research with Biomedical Ontologies) group seeks a software developer/engineer to join our team of ontologists and programmers to help create a novel suite of graph database applications.  Ontologies and graph databases are part of an exciting new movement in information technology that elevates data to the level of knowledge.  The technologies in this space are just beginning to gather steam.  As a result, there is significant opportunity to make an impact in what will likely become a popular field in informatics.  The base server side technology for ontologies and graph databases is Java, so we will likely write tool sets and applications in Java and JVM languages like Groovy and Scala. Automated testing will be a key component of all code produced by TURBO.  We are developing tools that will assist ontologists in transforming discrete data to ontologized forms with assured correctness (see  We are working with the Penn Health system to provide graph-based tools for searching clinical data by researchers in efficient and adaptive ways.  We work on open-source projects  ( to provide innovative tools for the biomedical research community.

This position offers the opportunity to interact with leading medical investigators, ontology experts, and skilled programmers in a university and health system setting.  TURBO programmers are encouraged to take advantage of the University tuition reimbursement program and pursue an advanced degree while contributing to an active and evolving area of technology.

Position is contingent upon funding.


Bachelor's degree in computer information science, software engineering, or a related field of study required and a minimum of 1 to 3 years of software development experience preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The combination of education and experience should provide a strong foundation in application design and development.  A strong interest in working with data is required, with a preference for candidates who have experience working with data.  The successful candidate will have the ability to work well as part of a small highly motivated team, have a curious mind eager to explore new areas of technology and informatics, and have the engineering discipline to deliver high quality application code.

*** REQUIRED*** Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying. 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

$42,953.00 - $113,435.00

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.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs