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Jivan Amara


Previous positions

  • Senior Web Developer at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
  • Consulting System Administrator at VisionTree


University of Vermont, BSc, Computer Science, Mathematics, Comparative Religion




See project summaries at I’m a strong senior full-stack web developer who also has a foot solidly in the details of deployment and system administration. I’m a skilled communicator, enabling both technical and non-technical project participants to focus their goals early in the development process and to understand and make changes do to unexpected events throughout the project’s life-cycle. I need little to no oversight to complete projects. Specialties: Python / Django / Docker / Postgres / SQL / Javascript / HTML / CSS / C / C++ / Git / DB design, development, and reporting / Data analysis / Linux server administration and security /


  • – Add import functionality and fixes to open source GIS projects django-osgeo-importer, eventkit-cloud. – Develop new features with tests and refactor existing Django code. – Work with Amazon EC2 for test and demo systems. – Setup, configure, and debug Celery server & tasks. – Work heavily with Docker as part of development process. – Coordinate changes with other project stakeholders.

  • Machine Learning Analyst, Full-Stack Developer, Project Manager (my own project)

    May 2016 – Present(3 years 5 months)Greater San Diego Area

    – Develop Mandarin voice-recognition learning tool. – Trial scikit-learn machine learning methods. – Create custom machine learning algorithm. – Source significant number of native Mandarin recordings. – Develop client and back end web interface to model produced by machine learning system. – Work with iOS developer to create mobile front end to system

  • Senior Web Developer

    La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

    May 2015 – May 2016(1 year)La Jolla, CA

    My responsibilities include: – Parallelizing CPU-Intensive predictive DNA analysis tools with a Django interface across a server cluster using Celery. – Packaging services with Docker to allow simple, automated, versioned deployments. – Establishing industry-current development & deployment processes. – Establishing automated regression tests for preexisting untested code.

  • Consulting System Administrator


    July 2014 – April 2015(9 months)San Diego

    Migrating hardware servers to cloud-based servers. Replacing single server instances with high-availability clusters. Expand infrastructure monitoring so problems are communicated to tech team and fixed before customers notice.

  • CTO / Lead Developer

    Delivery Hero China

    December 2012 – June 2014(1 year 6 months)Shanghai

    Guide 5-person development team and contribute to development with skills in Python/Django, Linux system administration, PostgreSQL, DB design, RESTful APIs, and front-end browser development.

  • Senior Software Contractor

    China Net Cloud

    July 2012 – November 2012(4 months)Shanghai

    Develop and maintain server monitoring / reporting and issue tracking software for the thousands of Linux servers CNC manages. Software includes web-based applications, process management, notification & communication, and server utility software written in PHP, Python, SQL, BASH

  • R&D Software Developer

    Reya Group

    May 2010 – December 2011(1 year 7 months)Shanghai, China

    Develop Django applications supporting Reya’s consulting practice targeted at aligning organizational culture with employee values. Assist researchers in creating analytical methods and indexes for value and culture data.

  • Freelance Software Developer


    May 2007 – April 2010(2 years 11 months)

    Develop software and administer Linux server systems. Projects include developing language learning software, migrating online content management system Drupal, and the conception and initial design of advanced spam protection software. Primary focus of development is C++.

  • English Tutor and Instructor

    Various Employers

    July 2007 – March 2010(2 years 8 months)

    Private students and training schools. China. Assist all levels of English speakers to develop their English skills. Instruction includes one-on-one tutoring as well as small groups and classrooms.

  • Level II Software Developer

    Inteligro Business Associates, Inc

    June 2006 – February 2007(8 months)

    Design and develop custom office automation software in a Windows based environment. Primary focus of development was Access database applications and system components.

  • Applications Engineer

    VersaCall Technologies

    January 2005 – May 2006(1 year 4 months)

    Design and develop software and database systems in VB.Net, VBA, and MS Access for manufacturing efficiency monitoring. Primary language used for development was VB.Net.

  • iGuide

    Aradiant Corp

    September 2004 – December 2004(3 months)

    Perform telephone troubleshooting and technical support for networking hardware, primarily routers.

  • IT Support Consultant

    Desautels’ Consulting

    April 2003 – May 2003(1 month)

    Install enterprise software. Support staff and students’ hardware and software needs. Administer PCs, Servers, and LAN in lab and throughout school.

  • Diagnostic Medical Software Developer

    Green Mountain Logic

    November 2000 – March 2001(4 months)

    Design and develop software, reports, and database components for diagnostic medical software using VB, SQL, ASP, and Crystal Reports. Document and assist in design of SQL Server database.


  • University of Vermont

    BSc, Computer Science, Mathematics, Comparative Religion

    1997 – 2001

    Graduated Summa cum Laude


  • Project Summaries


    An overview of projects I’ve been the lead or primary contributor for.

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Skills & Expertise

  • Algorithms
  • Git
  • Visual Basic
  • Linux server administration
  • Software Design
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • OOP
  • Eclipse
  • PostgreSQL
  • Databases
  • AJAX
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • Web Applications
  • UML
  • C
  • Django
  • Trac
  • MySQL
  • C++
  • HTML
  • Subversion
  • VB.NET
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Bash
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Development
  • SQL

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • “Big”

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

    August 2015 – May 2016(9 months)Children