1+ months

Software App Developer, COVID-19 Contact Tracing (Temporary)

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

Software App Developer, COVID-19 Contact Tracing (Temporary)

Req #: 180241
Department: Genome Sciences - Brotman Baty Institute
Appointing Department Web Address: https://brotmanbaty.org/
Job Location: Health Sciences Center
Job Location Detail: Seattle Campus 
Posting Date: 06/30/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

Genome Sciences has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Software App Developer at the Brotman-Baty Institute (BBI) to work on an open-source research platform enabling contact tracing support.

The Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine (BBI) is a recently launched, joint venture of the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Childrens Hospital, made possible by a $50 million gift from the Brotman and Baty Families. The Brotman Baty Institute offers a dynamic work environment with cutting-edge science and computational resources.

Position Complexities:
The project, named CommonCircle, is a collaboration of groups at BBI, the University of Washington Computer Science Department and volunteers. CommonCircle is a pair of companion apps that seek to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the community, specifically by helping people learn if they may have been exposed, connecting them to the appropriate public health guidance, and by enabling more efficient contact tracing.  CommonCircle reduces the burden on public health systems by offering people who have been positively diagnosed and their potential exposures, a safe, private, and fast way to communicate this information to the people who need I t public health authorities and their contact tracing teams. The two apps are separated by necessity in order to ensure that re-identification if individuals and their health status is not possible through combining Bluetooth proximity exposure notification data with the data critical to public health contact tracing and case investigation: the locations, recalled contacts and events, and symptom history of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The primary task of this new position will be to lead front end development and back end server development of the CommonCircle apps and successfully integrate user feedback and stakeholder needs. Design and implement software for release that is robust, usable, and scalable. Evaluate and select appropriate technologies to support requirements at all levels, including but not limited to user interfaces and server backends.

Front-end mobile development (40%)

Develop smartphone apps for both iOS and Android (or a single cross-platform app) that can be used by either:
o Trained individuals (e.g., graduate student) for one-off data collection efforts
o Untrained individuals (e.g., general public) participating in studies with 20-50 subjects at a time

Front-end web development (20%)

Develop web portals for visualizing users data and possibly sending messages or other information back to users

Back-end server development (30%)

Develop a server that receives users data and runs algorithms to produce a result that is returned back to them
Integrate incoming study app data into existing portals such as an electronic health record system

Other duties (10%)

Participate in weekly research team meetings
Document code and system organization
Maintain and update code once it is released to study populations

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in computer science, engineering or other equivalent field with applied programing.
         At least three years of related work experience
         Ability to develop a basic smartphone app (i.e., beyond Hello World) for both iOS and Android devices
         Demonstrated ability to release quality products on schedule
         Must have excellent communication and documentation skills
         Must be highly organized and show a high level of attention to detail.
         Must show demonstrated ability to function independently while exercising skill and informed professional judgment
         Ability to multitask and work with multiple teams simultaneously
         Must show demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.
         Proficiency with the following programming languages / development tools:
           o    App development skills: either iOS and Android or React Native
           o    Cloud-based server experience: AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or
                another comparable platform

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

         Prior work experience in an institution of higher education
         Experience with developing HIPAA-compliant systems (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
         Effectively complete timeline-driven projects and deadlines, flexibility in schedule and additional hours beyond standard office hours may be required.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

TThe University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2020-07-02 Expires: 2020-09-03

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