CNB Senior Software Engineer at University of Pennsylvania

Posted in Other 12 days ago.

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

CNB Senior Software Engineer

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title

CNB Senior Software Engineer

Job Profile Title

Application Architect

Job Description Summary

CNB Senior Software Engineer

As part of the Department of Psychiatry, the Brain Behavior Lab (BBL) and the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) are devoted to the study of brain and behavior using innovative neuroimaging research techniques and the application of bioinformatics resources. LiBI brings together researchers in medicine, psychiatry, engineering, computer science, physics and biostatistics to understand brain structure and function, based on functional and structural neuroimaging data. The Penn Computerized Neurocognitive Battery (CNB) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment (CAPA) are computerized batteries of tests and scales that measure multiple domains of neurocognition and clinical symptomatology that are used by BBL and LiBI researchers and collaborators around the world. The Senior Software Engineer will work closely with the scientific and informatics teams to drive innovation and integrate new methodologies into our current and future CNB and CAPA projects.

Job Description

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

CNB Senior Software Engineer

Software Engineers build the software applications and systems that help collect quality data securely and efficiently. Software Engineers work closely with our scientific and informatics team to develop large databases of cognitive assessment data and demographic data. CNB applications developed by our software engineers enable researchers across the world easily collect cognitive data in different languages remotely or in-house for participants or all groups and ages.

The software engineer will work with our scientific team to create the next generation of adaptive assessments ( She/he will also be responsible for proposing a roadmap for overall application development and architecture while also leading execution. In addition, the software engineer will also support the CNB team in moving out of Flash through the end of calendar year 2020 and will transition to more current additional database-related development or application development in 2020-2021 depending on project needs and priorities.

The ideal candidate for the Software Engineer position has a bachelor's or Master s degree in a computer science or related discipline, demonstrates strong software development fundamentals, and is capable of working with a range of technologies. Technical experience relevant to the role includes full stack web development, backend databases and distributed computing. A knowledge of or desire to learn cutting-edge technologies and an interest in neuroscience research is valued.


  • Development, testing and maintenance of adaptive CNB application

  • Architect, implement, and monitor full web technology stack, including data stores, middleware data models, APIs, and front end applications

  • Develops and manage tooling and frameworks involved in the development and optimization of web applications.

  • Contribute to the definition of the future state of the system architecture

  • Assists in writing documentation and procedures for installation and maintenance of software

  • Lead and mentor junior developers and research associates in software development work, including conducting design and code reviews

  • Build and maintain systems for collaborative development, version control, testing, and deployment

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree preferred, preferably Computer Science or related field and 3-5 years of experience minimum holding the title of software engineer/developer or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Extensive demonstrated hands on experience using Java or JavaScript and experience designing, developing, and maintaining complex applications and database experience (SQL Server and/or Oracle) - including (but not limited to) component-based frameworks such as Angular and React

  • Must be capable of working with a range of technologies, including Python (Perl or R or MATLAB), Java, C#. On balance, very strong software development fundamentals is more important than current language skills.

  • Basic understanding of Git or some version control system

  • Flash experience is a plus

  • Ability to write clear, maintainable code

  • Outstanding problem solving and analytical skills in addition to communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Enthusiasm for leading and being part of a team

  • Must be eager to learn new technologies and explore the best way to solve challenging technical problems.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Position contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaApplication Architect

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$74,476.00 - $162,146.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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