Recruiting students for Integrated Genome Browser team

Update – 9/26/18

Two positions for MS students to join the Integrated Genome Browser project are still available.

To apply, send your resume to

Seeking graduate students

We are looking for graduate students to help develop Integrated Genome Browser, a fast, flexible, free, open source genome browser used by thousands of researchers worldwide.

IGB uses a plug-able architecture (based on OSGi) that lets developers add new functionality as “Apps” – code bundles we will distribute using a to-be-built on-line App Store. You’ll help the team maintain, improve, and showcase the IGB platform.

Depending on your progress, you’ll help write Apps and have the opportunity to publish a short article describing your App. As an example, see this paper by IT Masters Student Tarun Mall, now at Amazon.

To apply, send your resume as PDF email attachment to Prof. Ann Loraine at Please include links to class projects or personal source code repositories if available. Applicants for training and outreach positions can show their skill by including writing samples and links to presentations on YouTube or other platforms.


  • Java programming skill
  • Team programming using git
  • Expertise with OSGi, or motivation to learn
  • 2+ years experience in commercial software development
  • Graduating May 2019 or later

For more information, see:

How to prepare for an interview

To start, it may be helpful to watch this video:

To better understand how you approach problems, Dr. Loraine will give you a coding problem to solve at a whiteboard. Be ready to work through the problem out loud and explain your thinking. Practicing ahead of time with a friend can help.

Dr. Loraine will also ask you about tools & technologies from your resume. Be ready to explain these tools, how you used them, and the basics of how they work. In the IGB project, developers need to explore & learn new tools and libraries and understand how to apply them. So it’s important for everyone to be able to analyze, evaluate, and explain.

If time permits, Dr. Loraine may ask you to try a coding problem (at the computer) in Java.