Open Position

Backend Engineer


The CCDL's backend engineer writes code to develop Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL) services and interfaces that meet the needs of researchers studying childhood cancer. These developments will serve a community of dedicated scientists and clinicians, including those who receive grants from ALSF. This team member will be expected to improve and expand the backend services of the CCDL. The backend engineer will need to be able to select the most appropriate approach for the challenge at hand: some CCDL software will be primarily user facing, while other software will perform computationally intensive processing of large collections of data.

The CCDL position will provide the backend engineer with the opportunity to design, implement, and deploy data-processing systems as well as systems that enable the user-guided analysis and interpretation of large-scale datasets. This member of the team will need an understanding of how to efficiently break down problems into solvable pieces and deliver quality software solutions. Working in the CCDL also provides a unique opportunity to interact with the childhood cancer research community and its supporters at ALSF.


  • Collaborate with team members to understand issues and determine solutions.

  • Develop and deploy software solutions for diverse problems to compute infrastructure.

  • Write clean, maintainable source code.

  • Participate in code review to maintain and raise code quality.


  • Expertise in Python.

  • BS in computer science, software engineering, information systems, or equivalent work experience.

  • Experience designing data-intensive computing solutions is a plus.

Applications that include either a portfolio with work samples or demonstrable contributions to open source projects are preferred.


This full-time opportunity offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a CV/resume with cover letter describing your interest and why you would be the right fit for this position to