Java Software Engineer
LabKey Software - San Diego, CA

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Java Software Engineer

LabKey Software is hiring exceptional people who will help scientists attack some of the most challenging problems in the world. Our team partners directly with leading biomedical researchers working to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases (HIV, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, asthma, allergies, and others); we learn their research and develop solutions to their data management and analytical challenges. We release everything we develop as open-source software, accelerating research in labs and networks throughout the world. We are serious about developing high quality software, delivering innovative solutions, and contributing to the research community, but we're just as committed to maintaining a collaborative and flexible work environment where everyone has fun while solving hard problems.

LabKey Software is headquartered in Seattle, WA and is establishing a new development office in San Diego.

Learn more about our company at or visit our open-source community for more details on our software at

Key Responsibilities

As a Java Software Engineer, you will work with our team and customers to understand requirements, design solutions, and ensure a high quality product at all points during the development process. Our ideal candidate will have significant experience in building web applications at the user interface, internal API, and client API levels, and be comfortable working with other team members to improve our development process.

  • Work efficiently at all levels within a large code base
  • Translate client requests into general-purpose software solutions
  • Communicate clearly and consistently with clients on an ongoing basis
  • Learn the science necessary to understand client data, methods, and work flows
  • Interest in building and growing a great software development team in San Diego


In addition to a strong track record of working hard, taking ownership and learning new technologies quickly, you should have:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, bioinformatics, or equivalent
  • Three years (or more) professional software development experience
  • Strong object-oriented design and coding ability
  • Understanding of modern software development principles
  • Extensive experience with Java-based server technologies (Java, Spring, Tomcat) and relational databases
  • Familiarity with web front-end technologies (JSP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery, ExtJS)
  • Experience solving bioinformatics problems (preferred)
  • Authorization to work in the US - we are unable to sponsor work visas
  • Availability to work in San Diego - we are unable to offer relocation compensation


We offer a truly flexible work schedule. You are paid for every hour you work, no matter where or when that happens. You choose your own vacation and holiday schedule. We actually have fun at work with Whiskey Thursdays, release parties, and more. Other benefits include medical, vision, life and LTD insurance, FSA, 401(k), bonus plan, and paid sick time.

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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