Axle Informatics

  • Sr. Systems Architect

    Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
    Posted Date 11 months ago(10/15/2018 12:47 PM)
    # of Openings
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    Senior Systems Architect

    Axle Informatics is a bioinformatics and information technology company that offers innovative computer services, informatics, and enterprise solutions to research centers and healthcare organizations around the globe. With experts in software engineering, bioinformatics and program management, we focus on developing and applying technology tools and techniques to empower decision-making and accelerate the discovery in translational research. We work with some of the top research organizations and facilities in the country including multiple institutes at the National Institutes of health (NIH).




    Job Description

    We are looking for Senior Systems Architect to support our work at NIH. The position will be based in Bethesda/Rockville, MD. We are looking for a skilled and motivated architect with expertise in open source, distributed systems, automated cloud storage, data engineering functions using variety of persistent, streaming and analytical data sources. The successful applicant will be involved with developing automated solutions, data ingestion, developing and maintaining  pipelines, and solutions to store, process and secure large (TBs-PBs) collections of information. The applicant must have experience working with structured and unstructured data types acquired in collaboration with scientists, biologists, and/or clinicians across the NIH, as well as third-party commercial and open database sources with relevant biological, genomic, or proteomic data.


    • Produce system designs, reference architectures, logical and physical architectural diagrams using modelling tools and documentation.
    • Leads the technical planning, system design, technology evaluation, toolchain selection, research and development, develop prototypes, and coding of a solution for projects
    • Lead and perform assessment and migration of infrastructure resources from on-premise to cloud environments and utilize toolchain, scripts, automation for each stage in the infrastructure deployment
    • Work closely with client counterparts, systems analysts and program management staff to capture and understand business problems, systems requirements and/or visions to translate to technology decisions and system design activities
    • Develop, document and advocate coding standards, design principles, integration designs, deployment models and operational excellence in support of large and complex distributed scientific systems
    • Guide and manage the development and systems engineers on the best practices, implementing system design principles, and best practices
    • Estimate the level of work of development/implementation tasks within a project; identify and alleviate technical challenges, technical debts and enforce standards to improve quality and technical competency
    • Anticipate and monitor and perform activities to minimize or eliminate performance, capacity, scaling of distributed solutions and/or applications
    • Perform coding activities, fix defects, code reviews, monitor build and release pipelines to ensure development activities are progressing as desired
    • Stay abreast of system issue log, bugs or customer complaints to ensure there is plan of action for continuous improvements in the future roadmap (or product backlog)
    • Stay abreast with emerging technologies in your areas but not limited to cloud computing & deployment, site reliability engineering, network design/architecture, infrastructure automation, security best practices, data engineering etc.



    • 10+ experience working with data in research, scientific or academic sectors is desired OR strong background in a research, academic or scientific setting
    • Must have experience in open source development of cloud storage, data engineering (ingress/egress, modelling, ETL, data warehouse) and processing big data characteristics including, structured and unstructured, high volume, streaming, SQL/NoSQL data
    • 6+ experience with high proficiency working in Unix environments and/or RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu
    • 2+ years professional experience with cloud-based providers (Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Microsoft Azure) developing distributed computation and/or storage/processing systems
    • 2+ experience design, development/configuration of cloud-based storage solutions, networking, and performing data management functions for scientific research data and/or files.
    • 1+ experience either developing or supporting analytical solutions such as R, SAS, Python or similar toolset in the scientific research environment
    • 6+ years of programming experience in at least one of the following technologies node.js, python, Java or similar open source language
    • 2+ years’ experience with database design and maintenance (MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Apache Arrow/Apache Parquet)
    • Proficiency with developing and integrating cloud services such as serverless functions (Lambda), event driven frameworks, message queues and topics, REST API, virtual machines, docker containers, Kubernetes, virtual networks, log analysis solutions (Splunk, EFK or similar), caching, PaaS, SaaS solutions
    • Experience in data engineering technology stack or platforms including but not limited to Apache Spark, Kafka, Hadoop, Distributed Computing or similar big data applications/platforms is desired but not mandatory
    • Familiarity of devops tool set such as Terraform, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, GitHub, SVN, Jenkins or similar is preferred
    • Familiarity of either one of the following scripting languages python, bash and/or perl is preferred.
    • Professional certifications are desired but optional


    The diversity of Axle’s employees is a tremendous asset. We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not tolerate any illegal discrimination or harassment based on age, race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, status with respect to public assistance, and other characteristics protected under state, federal, or local law and to deter those who aid, abet, or induce discrimination or coerce others to discriminate. 



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