The Center for Computational Biomedicine (CCB) is a new center at the Harvard Medical School (HMS). Our mission is to provide cutting-edge computational capabilities, data analysis, and data integration technologies to support medical and biological research. We are a multi-disciplinary team of computational and quantitative scientists who work collaboratively both within the center and with members of the HMS community.
We seek a highly motivated, collaborative individual with excellent communication skills to join our team of technologists and scientists as a Senior Software/Data Engineer. You will help to design and implement novel solutions to standardize (meta)data using ontologies, with the goal of integrating large, complex, heterogeneous datasets. The datasets include healthcare insurance claims, electronic health records, genomics, environmental exposure, among others. The integration of these data will support large-scale epidemiological research in precision medicine, healthcare, and basic science, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
In this role, you will leverage ontologies and automated reasoning to develop sophisticated data and knowledge discovery solutions. Your work will use a wide variety of technologies, including ontology APIs and tools (e.g., OWL API, owlready2), public and protected relational and graph databases, and containerized services. You will have strong skills in Python or Java, and research experience or experience working in a research environment. You will be able to work independently and collaboratively on scientific and engineering problems and deliver solutions.
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.
This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments' business needs.
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MS in Computer Science or related field, with expertise in knowledge representation and reasoning. 5+ years of relevant experience
Proven understanding of Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontologies, description logics, and reasoning.
Strong software engineering experience in Python or Java.
Ability to work independently.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Experience with software versioning and testing paradigms, including git or similar.
Experience developing tools that support user interaction.
Experience with relational and non-relational databases (RDF/property graph, key/value, document data stores).
Familiarity with the Protégé ontology editor, querying ontologies using description logic syntax, and use of reasoning systems.
Ability to work in teams.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest.
Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
Given these changes in the United States and in societies around the globe, the Center seeks to help meet the growing need for teachers, scholars, and leaders who address questions of moral choice across many of the professions and in public life more generally, and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice. We explore the connection between the problems t...hat professionals confront and the social and political structures in which they act. More generally, we address the ethical issues that all citizens face as they make the choices that profoundly affect the present and future of their societies in our increasingly interdependent world.