Research Software Engineer, Laboratory for Social Machines

Massachusetts, United States
29 Sep 2020
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Contract Type
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture and benefits  that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future  then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERMedia Lab-Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), to support LSM’s mission to understand and design human networks through the creation of new digital technologies with applications in pro-social media and learning. Will undertake software development, data-management, and data-analysis projects. Responsibilities will include independently scoping, designing, and developing methods and core software systems with direction from research staff; participating in effective product-engineering development practices and adapting workflow for a mixed research/production setting; and productionizing, maintaining, and troubleshooting software in support of projects. 

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED at least one year of experience delivering production software systems in an industry setting; and experience with Python, JavaScript, and SQL. Must demonstrate the ability to work with a project plan; execute with minimal oversight; and work in a fast paced and uncertain environment, pivoting as research and social needs develop. 

PREFERRED:  a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related area; experience with React+Redux, cloud computing platforms, and working in a small startup environment; and familiarity with common machine-learning methods and/or data visualization techniques. Job #18713

This is a one year appointment with possibility of extension based on the course of research and funding.

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.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

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