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Software Developer at RCSB PDB

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Recruitment/Posting Title Software Developer at RCSB PDB
Department Proteomics
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

RCSB Protein Data Bank is seeking a highly motivated software developer with experience in database administration and domain experience in computer science or relevant certification. This position will involve collaboration with wwPDB scientists and software developers in a collaborative team environment. The candidate should be comfortable working in a dynamic environment, and able to demonstrate an ability to think creatively, generate new ideas, and implement solutions. The candidate should be interested in structural biological data and enjoy engaging with other programmers and scientists in a collaborative team environment.

Position Status Full Time
Posting Number 23FA0893
Posting Open Date 09/01/2023
Posting Close Date  



Minimum Education and Experience

● Bachelor or higher degree in Computer Science or relevant certification

● DB administration skills in MySQL, MongoDB, and MariaDB

● Knowledge of data backup, recovery, security, and integrity

● Experience with software development in Python programming and shell scripting

● Experience with creating and updating DB schemas with complex relationships

● Experience with DB data manipulations (loading, performance measurement, backup)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Additional skills are a plus:

● Experience working with large and complex scientific datasets and data models

● Experience working with a DBMS in both on-cloud and on-premise environments

● Experience in C++ programming

● Problem solving skills and ability to think algorithmically
● Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

Equipment Utilized


Physical Demands and Work Environment

Onsite in academic and collaborative working environment



  • Perform weekly update processes for updating PDB archives
  • Monitor update performance and implement changes for improvements
  • Extend and maintain data exchange with wwPDB partners
  • Improve and maintain weekly update related software/scripts
  • Extend and maintain new content types in the PDB archives
  • Build and support database systems of high availability and quality
  • Design new relational database schema, integrate complex bioinformatics data, and improve existing schemas through normalization
  • Improve existing backup processes for both relational and non-relational DBMS
  • Provide users with data in appropriate formats and in a timely manner for data analysis and statistical reports
  • Indexing and query performance tuning
  • Monitor database performance, implement changes, apply new patches and update versions when required
  • Use high-speed transaction recovery techniques for database backups

RCSB PDB is located at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey and provides a friendly and collaborative working environment with excellent professional development opportunities. At Rutgers, this academic position offers New Jersey state benefits. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. 

For more details about state and university benefits,see our employee benefits page.


The work at RCSB PDB ( focuses on data processing, validation, integration, and transformation, and the presentation and visualization of data using complex interactive graphical user interfaces. An important aspect is to provide users with high quality data and the ability to download, search, and explore the PDB data archive. Solutions are implemented using a wide range of components developed and maintained in-house, in addition to third-party tools, libraries, frameworks and technologies.

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Posting Details


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should provide a cover letter relating their research and career interests to this position, a full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Start date flexible. 

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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Busch (RU-New Brunswick)
City Piscataway
State NJ
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Pre-employment Screenings


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.


Immunization Requirements


Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of Professional References (contact Info)

Optional Documents

  1. Other Documents (4)
  2. Resume/CV