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Front End Dev for Funded DNA Analysis Start Up
Spiral Genetics Seattle, WA
javascript html css django


Job Description
Spiral Genetics is a funded Seattle-based start up that makes high performance bioinformatics software. We specialize in large-scale DNA data analysis for medical, pharmaceutical and
agricultural research.

Tech + Science = Awesome
As a company, we value technological and scientific excellence. We are constantly pushing the envelope to enable new advances in DNA research. We have built a disruptive platform that
allows researchers to analyze DNA data 40 times faster than anyone else in the world. (For all of the nerdy science types out there that we know and love, we can analyze a whole human
genome at 40x coverage from raw reads to variants in 3 hours.) Our next big release will allow researchers to detect genetic variations that are undetectable with current algorithms.

Impact Matters
As you can tell, we love tech. We also love impact. We don’t build technology just for the sake of technology. We build technology to change the world. Researchers use our software for a
wide variety of applications. From children’s cancer diagnosis to crop fungal resistance to biofuel development.

Yeah, we have a lot of variants
We have put together an incredibly diverse team with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. It really is everything and the kitchen sink. Crypto, psychology, deep sea fishing, teaching dyslexic kids, Japanese tea ceremony, molecular biology, biking, mountain climbing, dragon boating, ultrasound image processing, photography and [your new weird interest here]. A typical lunch includes discussions of plate tectonics, the Panama Channel, bit coin mining, traffic patterns in Vietnam, what is actually in a lava lamp and quinoa breakfast recipes. (This
actually happened today, I’m not making this up.)

About you
We are looking for someone who shares our values and wants to actively contribute to our vibrant culture. If you thrive in a start up environment, care deeply about technological and scientific excellence, and want to be part of a company that is transforming genetic research, send us your resume!

Skills & Requirements
We are looking for a talented front-end developer fluent in Javascript, HTML, CSS, and Ajax.
Familiarity with Django, python and couchdb is a major plus.
Proficiency in C++ and Java are extra cake points. (The cake is not a lie over here.)
This position is full time.
Compensation will be a combination of salary and equity, dependent on experience.

Required:
-Javascript
-HTML/CSS
-Experience with Ajax website development
-Experience with Django
-Management or team lead experience
-Ability to play nicely with graphic designers (because yes, pixel perfect implementation matters to them)

Nice to have:
-Python, especially python web frameworks and/or couchdb
-Familiarity with UI design (i.e. basic design skill)

Bonus:
-C++ / Java
Local candidates or those willing to relocate to Seattle only please!

About Spiral Genetics
Spiral Genetics is a startup focused on helping biologists solve difficult computational problems by leveraging distributed and cloud computing. Our offices are located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Although we work hard and solve difficult problems, we have a relaxed and collegial atmosphere and even a (mostly ill-fated) pub quiz team.

Joel Test score: 12 out of 12
The Joel Test is a twelve-question measure of the quality of a software team.
• Do you use source control?
• Can you make a build in one step?
• Do you make daily builds?
• Do you have a bug database?
• Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
• Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
• Do you have a spec?
• Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
• Do you use the best tools money can buy?
• Do you have testers?
• Do new candidates write code during their interview?
• Do you do hallway usability testing?

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