This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded for one year. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused, and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you!
HUIT is hiring a Senior Research Software Engineer (RSE) funded by Prof. Ölveczky at the Center for Brain Science to support the development of a new method for tracking naturalistic behavior in mammalian and avian model organisms. This project requires full-stack development including both front-end interface and back-end data design. This position will work within a team of RSEs in University Computing reporting to Associate Director of RSE and with researchers in the Ölveczky Lab with Prof. Ölveczky providing strategic oversight of the position.
The Ölveczky Laboratory has developed the method (DANNCE) that enables high-resolution 3D tracking of kinematics across an animal's entire behavioral repertoire, using input only from consumer video cameras. The initial version of this method has been adopted by dozens of research groups around the world and is currently used to shed light on Parkinson's disease, dystonia, retinal degeneration, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, learning, memory, and motor control. The core of the DANNCE method is a new deep learning algorithm that uses projective geometry to build a representation of 3D space from 2D images and then infers the 3D positions of body landmarks over time. Through regular engagements with researchers, this senior RSE will work to enhance the software's usability, scalability, maintainability, and reliability, with the goal of having a plug-and-play open-source package facilitating broad adoption of the technology. Harvard University is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to work in HUIT.
Typical Core Duties:
Advise researchers in the design, planning, and implementation of software or data analysis that enriches research productivity and reliability
Build deep understanding of specific research activities through regular engagements
Develop a scope of work and timely project plan with regular milestones
Build and maintain software code and custom data processing pipelines for complex environments
Apply firm understanding of numerical methods or data analysis 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 stakeholders with project updates
Build internal code design and development guides for future contributors
Build advanced curriculum and teach workshops for researchers on sustainable software and data management practices that preserve the reproducibility of their research domain
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Minimum of seven years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
Demonstrated experience with cross-platform GUI toolkits.
Proven work experience in designing, developing, debugging, deploying, and optimizing web applications.
Hands-on experience with database language and tools (SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL).
Practical experience with containerization and related technologies.
Experience with Linux and bash scripting.
Demonstrated experience with neuroscience data structures is a PLUS.
Comfortable working with version control systems such as git.
Strong project management and organizational skills.
Experience working in a cross-functional team in an agile environment.
An interest in neuroscience or behavioral research is desired.
Certificates and Licenses
Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
HUIT actively supports hybrid work where business and team needs allow. This position has been designated as a primarily remote position. Travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work. All 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).
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Please provide a cover letter with your application.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.
More about HUIT: Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University. Our mission is to assure Harvard's leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology. HUIT's core values are User Focused, Collaborative, Innovative and Open.
IT Academy (designed for IT Staff): HUIT's IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here: https://itacademy.harvard.edu/
Total Rewards: Harvard's Total Rewards Program is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees. As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts, including:
Paid Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks accrued vacation days, 12 accrued sick days, 12.5 paid holidays plus winter recess, and 3 personal days awarded each calendar year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Harvard University Employees Credit Union: Our employees credit union provides a complete line of services for all your financial needs. https://huecu.org
Transportation: 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: A variety of programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Accessibility: Harvard University IT plays an important role in supporting Harvard's commitment by seeking to create, procure and deploy technologies that are accessible to all, including and especially those who live with disability. Harvard welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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