Syapse: Javascript Expert / Bio-semantic Data Interface Pioneer

Posted by | October 21, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Palo Alto, CA


Syapse is a Palo Alto, CA based startup that will change the way biotech and pharma companies interact with their research data and results.  We have a small, experienced engineering team, and it is time to hire a few more.
We are looking for an expert javascript developer to help design and implement our suite of thick client web applications. You will be a resourceful, ambitious developer, motivated to stay on the cutting edge of the evolving client-side application domain. You should have a strong interest in expanding the limits of browser functionality through new technologies such as HTML5 and Web Storage, and a similar interest in advancing the architecture of thick client code through lightweight MVC design or similar architecture. You should be as jazzed as we are to bring these capabilities to bear on the scientific (biology) domain, with challenges ranging from visualization of semantic and scientific data to organization of research workflow. 
Key Responsibilities
  • Participate in developing our rich client layer, taking on foundation code, application components, UI widgets and other functionality as required.
  • Join us in evolving the architecture of our client application, to deliver advanced, responsive functionality in a clean, extensible design.
  • Help us choose and adopt appropriate and efficient testing frameworks for the client code.
  • Be an expert on new and evolving client-side technologies, their application to our functionality or architecture goals, and the practical implications of their use in a cross-browser environment.
  • Participate in the conceptual, layout, and UX design of the user interface.
  • Minimum of two years experience developing thick javascript-based web clients (or significant experience elsewhere in the stack and a passion for moving to the browser).
  • Fluent in Javascript, HTML, and CSS. Strong interest in the evolving field of browser-side application implementation is a must.
  • Experience with javascript DOM and widget libraries required; jQuery and jQuery-UI preferred.
  • Familiarity with modern thick-client architecture (e.g. lightweight MVC) required; experience with backbone.js preferred.
  • Knowledge of evolving browser technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and Web Storage required; knowledge or strong interest in cross-browser implementation details will be necessary.
  • Knowledge of (or interest in) javascript client testing frameworks and interest in finding efficient, maintainable solutions to this problem.
  • Ability to work independently, collaborate closely, and bring other engineers up to speed on your work rapidly and thoroughly.

To apply: Email resume to Melinda:

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