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Contract Software Engineer

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Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to understand the biology of aging and devise interventions that enable longer and healthier lives. Executing this mission will require an unprecedented level of interdisciplinary effort and a long-term focus for which funding is already in place.

We are looking for a part-time software engineer (contractor) who is passionate about creating and maintaining web applications for sharing, searching, browsing and visualizing biological data. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and building a public website for an ongoing project. The primary goal of the website is to provide the scientific community with access to a large genomic dataset through intuitive searching, browsing and visualization tools. To achieve this goal, the developer will work in close collaboration with the project leader, a data curator and several data analysts.


     3+ years of experience with Python, Django and SQL databases

     3+ years of experience with interactive data visualizations for the web, including libraries such as Plotly, D3.js or others

     1+ years of experience with Google Cloud platforms (App Engine, SQL, Storage)

     Fluency with software best practices (e.g., unit tests, self-documenting code), distributed version control (e.g., git) and issue tracking

     Good understanding of biology, especially functional genomics

     Ability to communicate, take feedback and iterate

     Demonstrated ability to create high-quality product within budget and timelines

Nice to have:

     Experience with biological databases (e.g., SGD, BioGRID, Gene Ontology), data cross-referencing and integration

Other details:

     Hourly rates commensurate with experience

     Flexible schedule with a minimum of 10 hours/week

     Estimated work volume: 320 hours, with possibility of extension

     Remote work welcome

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