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Harvard University Research Software Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

53681BRAuto req ID:53681BRJob Code:I1257P IT RC Software/Data Prof III Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Software EngineerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Knowledge of data structures, database, storage, data aggregation, data mapping, and data architecture.

  • Experience building and optimizing data pipelines, architectures, and data sets.

  • Proficient in database language and tools (SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL).

  • Advanced programming skills (Python is preferred).

  • Experience with Linux and distributed computing is a PLUS.

  • Comfortable working with version control systems such as git.

  • Strong project management and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated success in working in a cross-functional team in an agile environment.

Additional Information:

  • During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to working onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when our campus reopens.

  • We regret that Harvard does not provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.

  • We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community.

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

This is a one-year term role from date of hire. Term renewal will be based on available funding and if the project needs more work or support beyond the one-year period.Department:FAS Research ComputingPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is a one-year term role from date of hire. Term renewal will be based on available funding and if the project needs more work or support beyond the one-year period.Job Function:Information Technology School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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.Job Summary:

Participate in the design of software that supports and enriches research productivity and reliability; implement software solutions. Develop software and data services with researchers to ensure that modern standards of reproducible code are kept.

Typical Core Duties:

  • Collaborate with researchers in the design, planning, and implementation software that enriches research productivity and reliability

  • Build understanding of research activities through regular engagements

  • Provide feedback on scope of work and project plan and track progress of regular milestones

  • Build and maintain aspects of software code and custom data processing pipelines for complex environments

  • Apply firm understanding of specific technology to develop custom solutions to meet researchers’ needs

  • Work in a team of developers and researchers in collaboration with systems professionals

  • Provide regular communications to project leads with updates

  • Build internal code design and development guides for future contributors

  • Teach workshops for researchers on sustainable software and data management practices

  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications:

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

Certificates and Licenses:

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

Working Conditions:

  • Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

Harvard University is hiring a Research Software Engineer to support researchers' data engineering needs at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), which includes coalescing data from various sources, including surveys (Qualtrics), external providers, and previous experiments governed by IRB/DUA. Researchers at LISH are spurring a science of innovation through a systematic program of solving real-world innovation challenges while simultaneously conducting rigorous scientific research and analysis. This position works within the Research Software Engineering team and reports to the Associate Director of Research Software Engineering. Being able to develop and implement systems and data services that can efficiently query data at various spatiotemporal resolutions for a large and diverse network of collaborators is key. Harvard University is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to work in FAS Research Computing for LISH projects.

Department Description:

Harvard University's Research Computing continues to evolve, expand services and support to its leading research faculty and their collaborators around the world. These services include maintaining over 100,000 cores of high-performance computing, cloud computing, virtual machines, storage, databases, instrumentation core facility workstations, and other development platforms as well as directly engaging with researchers through help requests, online chat, office hours, training, and in-depth consultations. Research Computing has numerous other successful collaborations, including building the MGHPCC ( in Holyoke, MA with leading partner universities. It is with these institutions that the newly NSF-funded NESE project was launched ( that will create a regional data science repository. Boston University and Harvard also have a strong collaboration supporting the US Atlas Project ( as the North East Tier 2 (NET2) site, which is connected to the Open Science Grid. The Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Research & Education and Facilitation project (, has enabled us to develop a team of facilitators. Research Computing at Harvard has a track record of building partnerships to accelerate research and collaboration.

We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture ( that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.