Washington University of St. Louis Radiology in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Radiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Under the supervision of the director of computation and analysis, you will execute and monitor large-scale data processing workflows. You will be responsible for tracking down processing failures, correcting flaws in the workflows, optimizing individual workflow components, and improving quality control and quality assurance processes. Working closely with our imaging engineers, you will ensure that the processing output matches the scientists’ expected results. All processing will be done on a high performance supercomputer.


  1. Manage technical relationships with both external and internal stakeholders in support of high performance data processing across multiple projects.
  2. Execute and monitor data processing routines.
  3. Collaborate on scalability issues involving access to massive amounts of data and information and back-end services.
  4. Automate processes to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
  5. Review, revise, and optimize computing scripts.
  6. Manage and maintain code repositories.
  7. Provide support to scientific stakeholders and technical partners.

Required Qualifications

A degree or certification from a technical school or college in computer programming plus 2 years of relevant programming experience required; additional relevant programming experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for required education.

Preferred Qualifications

PRINCIPAL COMPETENCIES (others may apply):

  • Familiarity in Linux/Unix environments.
  • Familiarity in one or more scripting languages used in Linux (Python, Bash, Perl, etc.).
  • Hands on experience with automation of operational tasks.
  • Java experience strongly preferred. C#, Python or Groovy would also be helpful.
  • Strong user support ethic and the ability to deliver the highest, most consistent level of service to our colleagues and users.
  • A solid foundation in computer science, with strong competencies in operations support, data structures, automation, algorithms, software design.
  • Be able to drive a project from a simple idea to the finished project.
  • Will to focus on details and build the best processing operations infrastructure.


  • Hands on experience with XHTML, JavaScript, CSS, SQL and XML-related technologies, Velocity Macro, web services, XSD and Apache Tomcat.
  • Usage of remote data handling, REST, asynchronous programming.
  • Usage of Continuous Integration/Deployment (Jenkins).
  • Usage of high-performance computing tools and job scheduling systems: Open Grid Engine, Portable Batch System (PBS), Torque-Moab.
  • Usage of DevOps tools: Puppet, Scalr, Vagrant, Container services such as Docker, Docker Swarm.
  • Usage of JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Github.
  • Participation in hackathons, code reviews, building scalable operations processes & applications.
  • Usage of brain imaging and neuroimaging software (i.e. - FreeSurfer, FSL).

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $54,288 - $70,553 annually.

Department Summary

The Neuroinformatics Research Group (NRG) (http://nrg.wustl.edu) is a multi-disciplinary science and engineering lab in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine. The lab’s mission is to develop technologies to better understand the human brain and diseases that affect it. Our primary focus is on neuroimaging methods, including MRI and PET, that yield insights into the living brain. We support thousands of users around the world who are developing novel solutions to complex brain disorders.

We work in small, nimble teams as critical technical partners to the scientists we serve. We are currently seeking an extraordinary individual to join our team team that supports the Human Connectome Project (HCP) (http://humanconnectome.org/), a $140M research program funded by the National Institutes of Health to discover how the human brain is organized and how it develops, ages, and changes in healthy individuals and those with mental health disorders. Our job is to create the world’s most advanced computing and informatics capabilities to power the HCP.

We are currently seeking a capable entry-level individual to provide operational support of the HCP’s high performance computing and data processing platform. Assuming you are that individual, your coding abilities, communication skills, desire to tackle complex problems, attention to detail, and passion for scale & automation, will all be leveraged to solve the computing and data management challenges presented by the unprecented scale of brain imaging data collected by the HCP.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Med School HR website (medschoolhr.wustl.edu)

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Business and Technology Applications Technician II (Software Engineer) - Radiology - 37049

Job ID: 37049

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular