WEB COMPUTING SPECIALIST – University of Washington – Seattle, WA

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s 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.

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington is a nationally ranked education and research program. Located on the main Seattle campus of the University of Washington, UW Electrical Engineering currently supports greater than 750 undergraduate and graduate students and over 50 active research faculty. EE’s annual expenditures reach approximately $19 million and its external funding is close to $25 million. The Department has several key areas of research: communications/networking, electromagnetics/remote sensing, big data, integrated systems/circuits/VLSI, nanotech and photonics, power and energy, speech/image/video processing and systems/controls and robotics. Supporting over 470 undergraduate, 300 graduate and 100 professional students in their educational efforts, the Department has proven to be a leader in both education and research areas, as well as effectively leveraging intellectual and entrepreneurial engagement at all stages of research.

UW EE has an outstanding opportunity for a Web Computing Specialist .

The UW BIOFAB (http://uwbiofab.org) is a semi-automated, human in the loop, molecular biology lab in the cloud service. The BIOFAB is controlled by the Aquarium software (http://klavinslab.org/aquarium.html), which was designed in-house to control every aspect of the lab. The BIOFAB allows users to design experimental workflows, which technicians execute. Users can attach upstream design tools and send data to downstream analysis software. The key innovation in our approach is our use of people to perform many of the steps in the workflows, making the system flexible and reconfigurable. The Aquarium software compiles experimental workflows into very specific steps presented at touch screen monitors throughout the lab, instructing technicians to retrieve samples, perform various operations on them, and place them in instruments to produce data, and so on.

Presently, the BIOFAB system includes an extensive workflow language, a backchaining workflow generator, an API for 3rd party upstream design algorithms, and an API for downstream data access. We currently run hundreds of experiments a week for about ten research labs at UW, the Hutch, and Caltech as well as several industry partners in Seattle and the Bay Area.

This position will work with molecular biologists to develop precise, executable workflows for protocols ranging from next generation sequencing to protein X-Ray crystallography. The workflows will be encoded in the Aquarium Workflow language, a DSL written in Ruby. In addition, the person in this role may be involved with development of the Aquarium front end, embedded systems programming, and systems administration depending on the candidate.

The person in this role will work with a highly interdisciplinary team of about 20 engineers, biologists, and lab technicians who are building the world’s first modular, cloud-based, programmable laboratory.

Key Job Duties:

  • Work in a small team of programmers using an agile development framework.
  • Work closely with customers to identify bugs and feature requests.
  • Develop new back end and front-end features for the Aquarium software suite.
  • Refactor and improve existing software.
  • Document new and existing code in writing and using reasonable multimedia options.
  • Provide weekly written and verbal progress reports in group meetings.
  • Provide monthly reports for funding agencies.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or higher.
  • At least 3 years of related work experience including experience in at least two of the following languages: Ruby, Python, Javascript, or MySQL.
  • Has used version control software such as git.
  • Demonstrably works well in a team.
  • Is willing to learn new skills.


  • Has deployed applications via Amazon Web Services.
  • Has built full stack, web based applications.
  • Has experience working in an Agile development system.


    Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check

    Application Process:

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

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or [email protected] .

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