Research Applications Developer

Massachusetts, United States
28 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Duties & Responsibilities

Scientists in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard conduct break-through research using the most advanced methods and instrumentation in single-cell sequencing, nanofabrication, neuroimaging, transcriptomics, and astrophysics.  FAS Informatics provides a critical interface between this cutting-edge science and modern technology infrastructure like parallel compute systems, petabyte-scale distributed storage, deep-learning tools, and container services hosted in FAS Research Computing's massive compute infrastructure.   Join the FAS Informatics Software Operations team as a research applications developer and you will:

  • Work closely with other members of the FAS Bioinformatics and Research Computing teams to enable high-throughput data analysis for faculty research;
  • Develop data management and analysis applications in support of a variety of internal efforts like the Center for Nanoscale Systems NNIN project and the Bauer Sequencing Core's 10X sequencing. 
  • Develop and deploy in-house and 3rd party applications to the 60,000 core Odyssey compute cluster and Open Nebula cloud.

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in computer science and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in web/command line application development and design required. 
  • Experience with Python command line and web application development (e.g. (Django / Flask, MySQL, and Javascript)) in a Linux environment is needed.

Additional Qualifications

  • An advanced scientific degree is strongly preferred. Previous experience in building web-based systems in a laboratory or research environment is a plus.
  • Familiarity with parallelization techniques (e.g. MPI and / or batch schedulers) and container solutions is optimal.
  • Must be customer oriented, have strong communication skills - both verbal and written; especially with respect to relaying complex computation information to others.
  • Ability to interact well with a broad constituency including students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and research staff.

Additional Information

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

We regret that Harvard University does not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Job Function

Information Technology




USA - MA - Cambridge


Division of Science - Informatics & Scientific Applications

Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade


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Monday -Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.