Security Engineer in Bioinformatics / Data Discovery / Infectious Diseases

Scripps Research
Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
United States CA La Jolla


We’re hiring exciting new positions at Scripps Research to discover, share, and analyze biomedical data within a new data ecosystem for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Our group builds tools to improve how biologists discover and explore data. For instance, we recently developed 8, a tool to access and explore up-to-date information on some of the most critical data on the COVID-19 pandemic, including cases, research, and SARS-CoV-2 variants such as Delta. Our Variant reports allow researchers and the public to track the emergence and proliferation of Variants of Concern to gain insights into disease mechanisms, risk factors, epidemiology, and the effectiveness of diagnoses, treatments and vaccines. We also build infrastructure to integrate and access open data, including our BioThings SDK 2 project to create biomedical APIs. We’re looking to hire a security engineer who ensures that all our tools are secure & efficient.

Based in La Jolla, California, and *remote employment in the U.S. will be considered*

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Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience. A degree in a biological or chemical science may be accepted if accompanied with programming education, training, and/or experience
Minimum of eight years’ experience in software application development and research programming. Lab/bench work experience may be accepted in conjunction with development/programming experience, as determined by the individual lab.
An advanced degree in a field directly related to the science developed/performed may be accepted in lieu of some experience (e.g. Master’s degree in lieu of 2 years’ experience or Ph.D. in lieu of 3 years’ experience), depending upon the individual lab.
Expertise in designing systems that ensure the safety of information at the FISMA Moderate Compliance level.
Expertise in production-level software development in Python
Experience working in a multi-developer environment
A cover letter describing how your background aligns with your understanding of our needs.

*Preferred Skillset*
Prior expertise with one or more of the following is preferred:
JavaScript, Vue.js, AngularJS, React
Python/Tornado / Django
Linux server (Ubuntu Server) administration
Amazon Web Services setup and automated deployment
Docker/Docker-compose, and automated CI/CD workflow setup
Git / GitHub
Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) data and data schemas
Working as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team
Biomedical research and methodology, especially allergy and infectious diseases

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Apply on the Scripps Research Careers site:


Laura Hughes