Software Engineer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7088212
Posted: November 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Our group in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School is looking for an innovative and enthusiastic software engineer to join a multidisciplinary research laboratory. We are interested in understanding how computations arise from the organization and connectivity of neuronal networks. To analyze neural circuit structure and function at highest resolution and completeness possible, we combine structural and functional imaging techniques including high-throughput electron and X-ray microscopy, and in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. We seek a software engineer with strong programming skills and coding experience. They should be capable of developing scientific software for data analysis, user interfaces, and to drive custom instrumentation.

Main projects include:

• development and support of scientific computing software for high-throughput microscopy;

• development and support of software and machine learning pipelines for large-scale data analysis;

• development and support of big data storage and computing infrastructure;

Success will require a close working collaboration with biologists and the ability to independently develop scientific computing software solutions to address biological questions. Building and optimizing programming pipelines will play a vital role in helping us to better understand the brain.

Typical duties of the Functional Connectomics Software Engineer include:

1. developing software to generate, process, and analyze large-scale microscopy datasets;

2. documenting and supporting users with scientific software;

3. computational systems oversight and miscellaneous programming;

4. communicating with collaborators and service providers;

5. documenting projects and communicating project progress.

We offer the opportunity to:

• apply your coding skills in a vibrant academic environment to understand the brain;

• do cutting edge science with a supportive and collaborative team

**The below Typical Core Duties are a generalized list provided by Harvard's Job Frameworks, and may not actually reflect the job-specific responsibilities of this position.

Typical Core Duties

Participate fully in software development life cycle
Implement and support technical solutions to deliver business requirements
Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve services
Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies
Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, life or physical sciences, or a related discipline strongly preferred. Highly proficient in Python. 2 years of related experience in research or related environment. Advanced degree may count toward experience.

We are especially interested in candidates with:
an advanced degree in science or engineering
programming experience in languages (e.g., C, Java, MATLAB) in addition to Python
experience with machine learning, deep learning, and convolutional neural networks
work experience in biomedical research and/or an academic science environment
demonstrated experience teaching or training in an informal setting.
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, creative, and enjoy working in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment. S/he will be skilled at translating research problems into well-defined technical specifications and then developing and supporting user-friendly software solutions; s/he will have excellent coding skills; interpersonal skills; and enthusiasm for collaborating closely with biologists. Demonstrated experience in software development from industry a plus.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term position with benefits and the possibility of extension.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.