Software Programmer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7126615 (Ref:hh-61670BR)

Posted: February 24, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

The Marks lab in the Department of Systems Biology is looking for a Software Programmer to work in a team using state-of-the-art computational approaches to perform modeling of viral and human genomes. This person will join a vibrant Computational Biology lab at Harvard Medical School and work as part of a team to build open-source software to predict the effects of genetic variation on disease, viral evolution, and drug response. The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for learning new domains and advanced code fluency.


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
  • Work in a team of developers and researchers in collaboration with systems professionals
  • Build internal code design and development guides for future contributors
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Working Conditions
  • Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelors in Computer Science or related field, e.g. applied mathematics.
  • At least 2 years of experience in programming related to genetics and genomics. Strong knowledge of python and at least one other language.
  • Experience with cluster and cloud computing.
  • Experience with building web-based applications.
  • Professional software programming experience in machine learning or related fields is preferred but not required.
Additional Information
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. 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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/

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.

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