Software Developer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7118121 (Ref:hh-60537BR)

Posted: December 14, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

Join our team of researchers, engineers, and designers to shape the future of biomedical research! 

The Gehlenborg Lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is funded to develop data visualization tools and user interfaces for multiple national and international cell atlas projects such as the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP), the Cellular Senescence Network (SenNet), the Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN), the Kidney Precision Medicine Network (KPMP), and the Human Cell Atlas (HCA). 

You will participate in the full software development life cycle for the cell atlas projects that we are involved in such as the HuBMAP Data Portal ( Under the guidance of more senior developers on our team, you will implement client-side user interfaces and visualization tools using state of the art web development technologies. You will also be contributing to the development of Python or R software packages, server-side components, and data-processing scripts.  You will be using automated testing, CI/CD, packaging, and documentation techniques to ensure high quality of our software.

We value diversity, creativity, and initiative in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment. The Gehlenborg Lab has an international reputation for creating high-impact data visualization tools and we are driven to solve the most challenging design and engineering problems in biomedical data science. We would love to have you on our team!

Work Environment:

The Gehlenborg Lab is using a hybrid workplace model and this position can be fully remote, hybrid, or in-person. All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, NH, NY, RI, and VT). Occasional domestic or international travel to attend meetings may be required.

Typical Core Duties:
•Participate fully in software development life cycle
•Implement and support technical solutions to deliver business requirements
•Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve services
•Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies
•Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients
•Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies, and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Ability to produce high-quality code in Python, JavaScript, React, and shell scripting languages
  • Working knowledge of automated testing approaches, ranging from granular unit tests to functional tests of entire applications
  • Hands-on experience with GitHub or other collaborative version control systems
  • Experience with CSS and React design patterns and libraries e.g. Webpack, MaterialUI, Styled Components, or Storybook is highly preferred
  • Familiarity with search engines (e.g., Lucene/Elasticsearch) and data validation languages (regular expressions/JSON schema) is helpful but not required
  • Experience with data visualization, data portals, or software development in support of academic research is desirable
  • Understanding of basics of molecular biology and biomedical research is helpful but not required
Additional Information
This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done fully or primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values
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.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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Job posting number:#7118121 (Ref:hh-60537BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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