Biomedical Software Development


Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding ,Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit


Job Title: Undergraduate Research Position – Spatial Software Development

Location: Dries Lab, Boston University

The Dries Lab at Boston University is seeking a highly motivated and skilled undergraduate student to join our team as a research assistant. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and improvement of our spatial software tool, Giotto, which is used for the analysis and visualization of spatial transcriptomics data. See for more information.

– Collaborate with the research team to develop and improve the Giotto software package using R and other programming languages as required
– Apply object-oriented programming and big data concepts to optimize and enhance the functionality of Giotto
– Implement new features, fix bugs, and perform software testing to ensure quality and reliability
– Assist with the integration of SQL databases and other data storage solutions to improve the efficiency of data management and retrieval
– Collaborate on the creation of documentation, tutorials, and user guides for Giotto
– Attend lab meetings and contribute to discussions on the development and application of Giotto

– Current undergraduate student at Boston University, preferably pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or a related field
– Demonstrated expertise in R package development and object-oriented programming
– Familiarity with big data concepts and technologies
– Experience working with SQL databases and other data storage solutions is a plus
– Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team

This position will require 5-10 hours per week, and will continue through the academic year. Direct mentorship by a lab member is plausible. Contact Ruben Dries at with any questions or your cover letter and resume/CV to apply. Please submit your application materials as a single PDF file with the subject line “Undergraduate Research Position – Spatial Software Development.”

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We look forward to reviewing your application and potentially welcoming you to the Dries Lab team!

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