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DevOps Engineer

Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL)
Powered by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

CCDL Overview

Located in the Philadelphia area, The Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL) is a new program of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The CCDL builds technologies that enable childhood cancer researchers to enlist big data to advance childhood cancer research. The CCDL is comprised of a team of software developers, data scientists, designers, and others who are driven to build software systems that address these needs. The CCDL aims to produce modular, open source, usable software. Members of the CCDL simultaneously contribute childhood cancer research and to the open source software community.

What is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation?

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada having raised more than $150 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

About the Position

The CCDL's DevOps engineer writes code to deploy CCDL-developed services and interfaces that meet the needs of researchers studying childhood cancer. These developments and deployments will serve a community of dedicated scientists and clinicians, including those who receive grants from ALSF. This team member will be expected to make sure that CCDL software is available and as cost effective as possible. The DevOps engineer will need to be able to select the most appropriate approach for the challenge at hand: some CCDL software will be primarily user facing, while other software will perform computationally intensive processing of large collections of data.

The CCDL position will provide the DevOps engineer with the opportunity to design, implement, and deploy data-processing systems as well as systems that enable the user-guided analysis and interpretation of large-scale datasets. This member of the team will need an understanding of how to efficiently find solutions across multiple settings to cloud-based compute infrastructure. Working in the CCDL also provides a unique opportunity to interact with the childhood cancer research community and its supporters at ALSF.


  • Work with other developers to improve the scalability of back end services.
  • Develop and deploy software solutions for diverse problems to compute infrastructure.
  • Write clean, maintainable source code.


  • Experience in the collection of activities now coming to be known as "DevOps".
  • Experience with Docker or other containerization technology or cloud workflows.
  • Expertise in or the ability to transition to Python.
  • BS in computer science, software engineering, information systems, or equivalent work experience.

Applications that include either a portfolio with work samples or demonstrable contributions to open source projects are preferred.

This full-time opportunity offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a CV/resume with cover letter describing your interest and why you would be the right fit for this position to [email protected].