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Quality Assurance and Release Engineer

Information Management (622) | San Diego, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Dart NeuroScience LLC (DNS) is a privately held company with offices in San Diego, CA. 

DNS is a company discovering new technologies and developing new therapies to help maintain cognitive vitality throughout life. DNS's mission is to become the leading specialized pharmaceutical company for memory disorders by focusing on the discovery and development of innovative drugs with new mechanisms of action. These discoveries are firmly based in a careful examination of the genes involved in the reorganization of synaptic connections in the brain, a cellular/molecular process which underlies both implicit (motor skills) and explicit (facts and events) forms of memory.

Our unique company culture engages employees by promoting thought-provoking investigation and targeted research opportunities. Our collegial environment also recognizes the value of stimulating cross-functional communication and collaboration as catalysts in generating the creative spark that inspires novel approaches and produces ground-breaking results. We want to attract, retain, and reward the top talent in our field. If you are looking for a productive, meaningful career path in the area of neuroscience, we would like to hear from you!


DNS’s Scientific Computing department has broad responsibility for (i) development of novel bioinformatics tools to facilitate gene discovery, (ii) development of novel software methods to facilitate drug discovery, (iii) computational chemistry project support for structure-based drug design, combinatorial chemistry, and statistical modeling, (iv) integration of information systems and automation and (v) general IT infrastructure to support scientific research and company administration.

The Scientific Computing department at DNS is looking for an experienced Software Quality Assurance and Release Management engineer. DNS licenses software from third-party vendors, but also designs and develops custom software internally. DNS is looking for a person to develop processes and manage all aspects of deployment and testing of both internally developed and third-party software, as well as updates to infrastructure such as Windows, Linux, and Oracle databases.

Third-party software includes

  • Agilent Electronic Lab Notebook and Electronic Content Management
  • Tibco Spotfire
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • ChemAxon JChem Oracle cartridge and Instant JChem development environment
  • KNIME Analytics Platform
  • OpenEye VIDA and FastROCS

Recent and current internal software projects include

  • Capture and report laboratory data
  • Manage the request process for protein production and compound ordering
  • Process transactional assay data into data marts
  • Develop Excel and Spotfire plug-ins
  • Create a computational services infrastructure

Internal software development is based on a service-oriented architecture implemented as REST services deployed in a Tomcat container by a Jenkins build server. The services provide access to corporate data in Oracle databases, and to background computational processing on grid systems. GUI interfaces to the services are developed in JavaScript using Backbone and Node.js libraries. We also write .NET plug-ins that allow Spotfire and Excel to interface with services, and extend the capabilities of third-party software using their published APIs.

The ideal candidate will have experience building and deploying software on Windows and Linux servers, using Oracle databases. Specific experience with the application software and internal development environment used at DNS is a plus. Experience with scientific data is a plus. You will research and recommend software frameworks for testing services and GUIs. You will help developers create unit tests, integration tests, and regression tests for custom software. You will implement processes by which automated regression tests are run periodically against production systems, as well as before and after software updates to verify nothing has broken. You will manage the deployment process for both internally developed and third-party software, and coordinate the efforts of IT, developers, vendors, and information management staff, to minimize the impact on end-user scientists.

Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma.  Applicable software certifications a plus.  Minimum 5 years industry experience required.


DNS offers competitive salaries and a great benefits package including incentive bonuses, healthcare, vision, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending and a 401(k) retirement savings plan. 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with a brief summary of research experience and accomplishments, research interests and goals and list of publications using our online application.

PDF files are strongly encouraged. 

For more information please visit our web site at