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The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa is seeking a Java Application Developer.  The person in this position is responsible for the development and support of Java based applications that support the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL)’s Newborn Screening Program.  Responsibilities include development of n-Tier Java Applications, working with staff in the SHL’s Newborn Screening program to gather requirements, and supporting program workflows.

This position will work closely with technical and functional partners to determine requirements and create comprehensive solutions using modern technologies.  The individual in this position will be expected to enhance and support systems including the SHL’s Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) OpenELIS.

This position will work alongside department senior technical staff to design, develop, implement, and support these solutions.  This position is responsible for mission-critical enterprise applications and sensitive data, so attention to detail and quality are critical.

Work Location: Ankeny, Iowa

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the Unit
The State Hygienic Laboratory’s main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's Research Park campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.


Education or Equivalency Required

A Bachelor's degree in a STEM or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience (typically 3-5 years') developing large applications with some technical direction.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with:
    • J2EE/Jakarta EE applications.
    • JDBC.
    • Java based frameworks, protocols, and tools.
  • Software development best practices such as source code control, issue tracking, prototyping, testing, automated build and deployment, etc.
  • Relational database experience, including SQL.
  • Excellent communication and customer relations skills.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking, technical problem solving, and analyzing system specifications.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience using Java J2EE/Jakarta EE Application Servers.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with AJAX or GWT.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with modern Java frameworks.
  • Experience in a hospital or clinical laboratory setting.
  • Understanding of security issues and defensive programming techniques.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and personal project management skills.
  • Knowledge of public health programs.
  • Ability to contribute to a successful team-oriented work environment.

Application Details and Instructions:

Upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact:  Sarah Tillman (sarah-tillman@uiowa.edu)

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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