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Harvard University Senior Systems Software Developer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

52718BRAuto req ID:52718BRJob Code:I1058P IT RC Systems Professional IV Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Systems Software DeveloperSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

● Experience developing full-stack software solutions

● Experience deploying virtualized technologies (KVM, VMWare, Openstack, OpenNebula, Docker, Kubernetes).

● Experience with automated configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, or Ansible.

● Knowledgeable of Ceph storage and various Rados Gateway protocols (file, block, object)

● Comfortable working with version control systems such as git.

● Understanding of various authentication and authorization protocols and services.

● Demonstrated success in working in a cross-functional team in an Agile environment.

Additional Information:

This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

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

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

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

Department:FAS Research ComputingPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pmJob 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:

Coordinate the planning of and conduct advanced research computing engineering duties. Implement current and develop new RC solutions to keep up with the pace of complex research problems. Work independently to build, monitor, and maintain the integrity of RC systems. Provide technical expertise to teams and projects alongside research programs. Be a key contributor to multiple projects simultaneously.

Typical Core Duties:

  • Participate fully in planning, building, configuring and running RC systems at scale

  • Monitor and maintain the health and integrity of RC systems including upgrading and patching

  • Design and implement robust and secure IT solutions within a fast-paced research environment

  • Define and track performance metrics to ensure efficient current and future use of IT resources

  • Consult to and collaborate with researchers and other key IT (e.g. network and security) and Data Center partners in a timely manner

  • Build and maintain relationships with external vendor technicians and engineers

  • Collaborate with other systems engineers within the RC ecosystem

  • Contribute best practices documentation and knowledge transfer

  • Mentor junior staff

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven 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 seeking a Sr. Systems Software Developer to help design, implement various internal cloud technologies (incl. Openstack, OpenShift, and Ceph) to provide University researchers with a robust, production quality, platforms and services for computing, storage, and software. This position will join a multi-institutional team in the newly formed project called the New England Research Cloud (NERC) with Leads and Directors of Research Computing at Harvard FAS and Boston University. This position will report to the NERC Principle Architect within Harvard FAS Research Computing (FASRC) and will be key in creating a seamless experience for end users including federated authentication, resource allocation management, and acce­­ss to data in the Northeast Storage Exchange (NSF funded Ceph project). NERC will allow Harvard and Boston University to provide technical solutions that keep up with the pace of complex research problems. The Harvard FASRC infrastructure is core to Science & Engineering, and Public Health research missions supporting over 4,000 researchers.

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.