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UT Health Scientific Software Programmer and Developer II in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Scientific Software Programmer and Developer II

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Information Technology

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 210000ZH

Position Summary:

The Texas Institute for Restorative Neurotechnologies at UTHealth is looking for a software programmer to assist in the development of a clinical decision support software that performs neuroimaging and intracranial EEG data analysis to assist neurosurgeons as they complete pre-surgical evaluations of human patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. You must have programming expertise and experience with knowledge of operations systems, software testing, validation and verification. You should be well versed in programming languages, including C/C++, UNIX, and shell scripting (e.g. csh/tcsh/bash). Prior experience in GUI design and development is also preferred. Ideally candidates will have experience with software development in compliance with federal regulatory guidelines (i.e. development of software in/as medical devices for FDA approval). You will be joining a small team consisting of a research physician, a program manager, and an analyst who does coding. This role will need to navigate and manage the software testing process for this program.

This is a full time role that is classified as exempt. It is eligible for all UTHealth benefits including healthcare coverage and participation in a pension plan run by the State of Texas. It will provide a unique opportunity to work in academic start-up environment in the development of comprehensive epilepsy surgical software. Your office will be in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in our Jesse Jones Library building.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Develop software to assist neurosurgeons in the visualization, planning and placement of depth electrodes, as well as post-implantation analysis of intracranial EEG (icEEG) data. Maintains, revises, and updates current application code or configuration including troubleshooting, fixing bugs, and improving functionality.

  2. Anatomical imaging processing of MRI and CT studies performed in patients with invasive electrodes (e.g. 3D anatomical surface reconstructions with concurrent electrode visualization).

  3. Interviews clients/users for problem definition and analyzes user needs; applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis develops and implements a complex application according to design specifications and departmental standards; establishes test plans and data; validates and verifies functions in applications; and prepares necessary forms and documentation for implementation. Codes and move into active use, software projects (clinical or research).

  4. Writes and maintains technical documentation for application requirements, coding standards, and operational procedures, and provides software training for users.

  5. Adheres to generally accepted industry/regulatory agency standards, policies and procedures for system development.

  6. Other duties as assigned.


Programming expertise and experience with knowledge of operations systems, software testing, validation and verification. Programming expertise and experience in programming languages, including C/C++, UNIX, and shell scripting (e.g. csh/tcsh/bash). Prior experience in GUI design and development. Additional programming language experience that are beneficial, but not necessary include MATLAB and Python. Specialized previous experience in image processing DICOM conversion and FreeSurfer tools is also desirable. Must be self-motivated, resourceful and able to multi-task, and prioritize. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with teamwork approach.

Professional competency in mathematical modeling and statistical computing required.

Minimum Education:

Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Neuroscience, Computational Mathematics, Mechanical, Electrical or Biomedical Engineering.

Minimum Experience:

Three years of relevant research experience in appropriate scientific area.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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