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Senior Database Developer, Clinical Research Unit, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 14449

Updated: December 15, 2017

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Senior Database Developer. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension. 

The University of Calgary, Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine provides research and analytical data support services to researchers within the Faculty and their collaborators. The primary purpose of this position is to part of a team responsible for building and maintain software applications and IT infrastructure to support clinical research undertakings operated out of the Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine.

This position will report to the Manager, Software Development of the Clinical Research Unit.

There will be peak periods during the year that are stressful due to overlapping deadlines and shifting priorities.  

 

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Responsible for determining the appropriate architecture, and other technical solutions, and make relevant recommendations to clients
  • Communicate to the Manager, Software Development, with efficiency and accuracy any progress and/or delays
  • Engage in outside-the-box thinking to provide high value-of-service to clients
  • Alert Leadership to emerging technologies or applications and the opportunities to integrate them into operations and activities
  • Responsible for working closely with Project Managers and other members CRU Team to both develop detailed specification documents with clear project deliverables and timelines, and to ensure timely completion of deliverables that will be used by the Project Manager of Client Services to develop the client agreement
  • Produce project estimates during the client intake process, including expertise required, total number of people required, total number of development hours required, etc
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures that all project staff are kept informed of activities and progress of work
  • Responsible for initial development as well as life cycle management of web based research data collection and workflow support applications
  • Responsible for systems integration requirements to support diverse research data activities, including but not limited to the development of systems to support clinical data, imaging data, omics data and other emerging sources of research information
  • Responsible to ensure appropriate version management and release schedules for ongoing application development
  • Conduct user acceptance testing to ensure the program can be used easily, quickly and accurately
  • Updating, repairing, modifying and developing existing software and CRU custom applications
  • Planning and managing the development, delivery and maintenance of software, processes and strategies
  • Work with the Director of Research and Academics to develop and implement new initiatives, processes and /or procedures

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Degree in Health sciences or Human services an asset
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with agile development and management of Software Development Teams
  • Experience collecting and analyzing business and agile metrics to track and manage team performance
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in web and desktop application development
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in database development
  • Minimum 4 years of experience leading software development team in a high performing environment
  • Provide regular coaching and guidance to all team members pertaining to work expectations, accountability, and deliverables
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make solid recommendations
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Strong skills in data management using a combination of SQL and a common scripting language like Python
  • Proficiency in using database software for research data management, MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite, Oracle or comparable platform required
  • Demonstrable experience developing python based web applications using Django or Flask Frameworks
  • Experience deploying to NGINX, Apache 2 hosting environments
  • Experience with the GIT and Git Flow Version Control Paradigms
  • Experience with Docker, AWS and/or OpenStack/OpenShift an asset
  • Experience with clinical research data platforms a benefit (REDCap, iDataFax, OpenClinica)
  • Proficiency in Linux operating system administration
  • A self-starter with superior technical and organizational skills with a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

Application Deadline:  December 14, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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