Computer Scientist

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7100058
Posted: May 12, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

Applications are invited for an experienced computer scientist under the direction of Sandeep Robert Datta, M.D., Ph.D., in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. The Datta lab has developed a machine learning-based platform for characterizing body language (called Motion Sequencing, or MoSeq). MoSeq combines 3D machine vision and statistical modeling to decipher body language. The description of behavior afforded by MoSeq has been extensively validated, effectively describes changes in behavior caused by gene mutations, drugs, or changes in neural circuit activity, and matches moment-to-moment neural dynamics (see basic overview movie at , also see Cell 174:44, Neuron 88:1121, Nat. Neuro. 20:1180, NIPS 2016 46).

The computer scientist will lead projects to further develop the MoSeq technology. The computer scientist will carry out MoSeq on established datasets; help integrate ongoing improvements in the underlying models; and assist in developing the next generation of models and fitting procedures for MoSeq. Day-to-day responsibilities include data quality control, code development, data modeling, and data analysis. Job specific responsibilities will include: performing quality control analyses over behavioral data; passing behavioral data through the existing MoSeq pipeline; performing model modifications to accommodate new kinds of behavioral data; interating with collaborators to assist in data analysis; building model extensions the further MoSeq capabilities; generating standardized reports for digestion by lab members and collaborators; generating novel data visualization of MoSeq output. The computer scientist will work as part of the Datta lab, in a vibrant community that includes computer scientists and neuroscientists at multiple levels of training interested in the relationship between brain and behavior.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

BS in computer science, statistics, mathematics, engineering, neuroscience or related fields and at least one year of experience in data analysis or software development in a research or industry role preferred.
Strong applicants will have: • Experience with software development, image processing, data analysis and data visualization, is preferred. • Experience building and documenting Python modules and/or Application Programming Interfaces. • Programming skills (Fluency in the command line, Python is particularly desired, C++ is a plus). • Experience with cloud-based computing (Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine). • Experience with version control and CI/CD. • Experience with working and problem solving independently. • Experience seeing a project to its completion, from start to finish. • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

Salary will be competitive for the Boston area and reflect the specific experience of the applicant.

Certificates and Licenses

Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Information

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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.

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.