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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 257755-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Application and Web Development

Job Summary:

The Attie Laboratory within the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time position for a Bioinformatics Software Engineer.

Our laboratory performs large-scale genetic screens in mice to understand the relationship between genetic diversity and metabolic disease risk. We have a tight-knit team of career technicians and a Senior Scientist to lead this effort, which involves thousands of mice and hundreds of thousands of physiological and molecular measurements. Compiling the "big data" that derives from these studies, and integration with many orthogonal data repositories (e.g., human genetic studies) requires a high-level bioinformatics skills.

In addition to our ongoing mouse genetic studies, we are embarking on an ambitious project to revitalize the discovery potential of tens of thousands of high-quality transcriptomic, proteomic, and other data sets housed within the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), as well as unpublished data sets from our collaborators. The typical research experimentalist is not well versed in the bioinformatic skills necessary to identify, curate and analyze individual data sets from these repositories. We aim to construct a user-friendly web interface that will render thousands of these high-volume data sets, resulting in a sophisticated search engine and hypothesis generating tool for a typical research experimentalist.

The successful candidate will work closely with our team and that of our collaborator (Avi Ma'ayan, Mt Sinai School of Medicine) to compile, curate, and construct integrated data platforms for both the ongoing genetic studies, as well as the project to revitalize the potential of GEO data sets.

In addition to the participation in the Data Hub project, the person will assist all lab members in data management, analysis, and graphical output. This will involve mastering basic statistics (correlation analysis, ANOVA, ANCOVA, principal components), implementation of R-code for genetic quantitativetrait locus mapping, and gene expression analysis with RNA-seq. This may involve additional training with consultants or some formal courses.

Responsibilities: Designs, develops, tests, debugs, and troubleshoots software and applications to support information technology business operations.
  • 20% Reviews application design specifications, codes new applications, and makes enhancements to existing applications
  • 20% Tests and debugs programs, and prepares systems test data
  • 5% Prepares program documentation and training requirements
  • 20% Develops or modifies technical specifications for moderately-complex projects using disciplined software development practices
  • 20% Maintains and troubleshoots applications, systems, or websites
  • 15% Implements data structure and systems performance strategies
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree
M.S. or Ph.D.


Strong communication skills (verbal and written) are required. The successful candidate will be interacting with groups across the world that have produced high-quality, high-volume datasets that we will be integrating into our Data Hub.

Candidates are required to have programming skills in several platforms (Python, JavaScript, R, C/C++) and experience developing web-based applications (React, NodeJS, RShiny, Flask).

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)
The starting salary for the position is $58,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 257755. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.
To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and provide three professional references.


Stefanie Lannoye
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Software Engineer/Developer II(IT003)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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