Research Informatics - Java Programmer

ActivX Biosciences, Inc. (ActivX) is hiring a Java Programmer to join its Research Informatics team. This role will drive the design, implementation, and maintenance of software to support scientific workflows. The primary focus of this role will be on high performance server-side, thick-client applications, and data analysis components.

Located in the Torrey Pines Science Park area on the beautiful Torrey Pines mesa in La Jolla, research at ActivX is focused on drug discovery in the therapeutic areas of viral infection and metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Our proprietary KiNativ™ technology, used extensively internally, is provided on a fee-for-service basis to most other major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The technology allows identification and development of highly selective drugs, significantly lowering development risks.

ActivX offers competitive wages and generous benefits above industry averages. These include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees with spousal and/or family benefits options also available. In addition, ActivX provides paid time off, a 401k plan with company matching contributions, and the potential for an annual bonus based on individual and company performance. The workplace culture at ActivX is inclusive and diverse, and employees are recognized as the driving force behind the company's success.

The Research Informatics group is looking for a smart, self-motivated, and driven individual, who will work with team members to provide robust, scalable software solutions to the research and technology enterprise. Our team is passionate about full-stack work with Java 8, Apache Torque, Turbine, and Velocity, as well as JavaScript, HTML5. We develop high performance data analysis software in Apache Spark and thick-client applications in JavaFX. Across the company, our cross-disciplinary teams work in a highly collegial environment where individuals take on responsibilities rather than waiting for them to be assigned.

The successful candidate for this position will directly interface with scientists to document, design, develop, and test java applications in support of the KiNativ™ technology and drug discovery efforts at ActivX.

Additional responsibilities of the position include:

  • Contribute to the ongoing design and development of software technologies, algorithms, and databases for proteomics and drug discovery data analysis and storage.
  • Ensure usability and maintainability across all projects by observing team-specified software development standards.
  • Create requirements documentation and implementation documentation from initial problem descriptions and user requirements through completion.
  • Assess and make recommendations regarding algorithms, methodologies, third-party APIs, and processes relevant to ActivX’s research informatics projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or MS in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, or related field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in JVM languages (e.g. Java, Groovy, or Scala).
  • Expertise in object-oriented programming concepts and software development principles.
  • Experience in test-driven development.
  • Familiarity with git, JIRA, and IDEs like Eclipse or IntelliJ.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with proteomics or mass spectroscopy data analysis.
  • Familiarity with scripting languages like Perl or Python.
  • Proficiency in working with LINUX operating systems.
  • Experience in relational database design and MySQL as well as familiarity with Oracle RDBMS.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript, HTML5, C/C++ as well as other scripting or object-oriented programming languages.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.


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