Gobo Lead Developer, Center for Civic Media

Massachusetts, United States
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

GOBO LEAD DEVELOPERMedia Laboratory-Center for Civic Media, to join a diverse team of researchers/technologists who address hard questions about online media by using a combination of social, computer, and data sciences.  The Center for Civic Media’s Gobo project was built to present alternatives that take a fresher look at technology decisions and possible underlying business models.  Will plan, design, build, maintain, and run the Gobo social media aggregation and filtering platform; collaborate with other staff to clarify the project’s technical vision and with other developers, designers, and system administrators to develop a technical roadmap to meet research needs and complete responsibilities; fix bugs, prioritize features, architect for scalability, and improve the web-based desktop and mobile user interfaces; build, maintain, and upgrade systems within existing codebase; write code to scale systems to handle rapidly growing data requirements; and communicate project status. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  at least two years’ experience working as a software engineer on data-related projects; programming fluency (Python, JavaScript, CSS); history of crafting, building, testing, and deploying robust code; ability to iterate quickly through prototypes and use data to validate architectural decisions; interest in working on issues related to AI, machine learning, algorithmic bias, online news and partisanship, and social media; experience working on diverse teams; and strong interpersonal skills.  Bachelor’s degree; knowledge of and comfort with the React and Redux JavaScript frameworks; experience implementing API-based OAuth integrations with social media sites; experience writing, maintaining, and optimizing SQL queries against large databases; ability to scale platforms to handle more users; experience with Python Flask web micro-architecture; and a passion for solving difficult engineering and date problems preferred.  

This is a one year position (not eligible for visa sponsorship) with the possibility of extension based on funding and course of research.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.