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Full Stack Developer, Community Health Sciences

Job ID: 31841
Location: Foothills Campus
Updated May 14, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Full Stack Developer. This ixed Term Recurring Part-time position is for approximately 4 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

SeroTracker is a data-driven public health platform that has mapped the true extent of the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020, and is now expanding to research other pathogens. We aggregate data from serosurveys, which are studies that estimate the prevalence of antibodies against a virus. By analyzing these data, SeroTracker works to understand the full extent of infectious disease rates, identify which groups have been disproportionately affected, and evaluate how well vaccination programs are working. SeroTracker is housed at the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Calgary, and key funders/collaborators include Canadas COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) via the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This is a recurring part time position with variable hours.  Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.

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

  • Contribute to the development of the dashboard frontend and backend tailored to meet the technical needs of the research team, including working with databases for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens as new dashboard features are continuously rolled out. This includes regular weekly team meetings

  • Drive user-centered product development by working with the product designers to conduct user interviews and develop new dashboard features and tools to maximize value for Serotrackers users

  • Write code as an individual contributor for SeroTrackers backend and frontend platforms and manage the dashboard deployment infrastructure

  • Support the technical needs of SeroTrackers researchers by developing in-house tools to automate parts of the serosurveillance data extraction workflow and enable easy access to clean, structured data in our database

  • Drive SeroTrackers vision and long-term strategy by working closely with the SeroTracker leadership team and our partners at the CITF to roll out new projects in tandem with the dashboard 

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's-level degree in software engineering, computer science, or similar, completed or in progress
  • At least 1 year of industry experience as a full-stack web developer, either through full-time or internships
  • Experience developing backend services, ETL pipelines, and web applications, and working with database systems. In particular, we use the following stack: JavaScript (React), Python (Flask), PostgreSQL, AWS, Tableau, Airtable
  • In-depth working knowledge of and experience with React and Flask, either in an industry context (full-time, part-time and internship roles) or through personal projects and contributions to open source software
  • Good understanding of CI/CD pipelines, hosting and DevOps related tasks
  • Exceptional communication, stakeholder management, writing, and coordination skills
  • Experience with health or pandemic-related projects is an asset, but not required
  • Knowledge of theory and practical application of technical procedures
  • Provide semi-skilled to skilled technical procedures to support the research project
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills

Application Deadline:  May 28, 2024

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.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 1.

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