Software Developer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7246763 (Ref.No. hh-65943BR)
Posted: May 22, 2024

Job Description

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

The HIDIVE 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 ( You may also contribute to our team’s spatial data visualization tools, such as Vitessce. 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. Your primary focus will be on developing user interface components and implementing them following well-known React.js workflows. You will ensure that these components and the overall application are robust and easy to maintain. You will coordinate with teams working on different layers of the infrastructure. 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 HIDIVE 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 HIDIVE Lab is using a hybrid workplace model and this position can be fully remote, hybrid, or in- person. Occasional domestic or international travel to attend meetings may be required.

Typical Core Duties:
  • Participate fully in software development life cycle
  • Develop and support scalable, maintainable, and testable software systems to meet business requirements
  • Participate in team conversations and efforts on improving and advancing software development excellence
  • Collaborate with computational biologists, UX designers, and other software developers to deliver constant incremental value for scientists without compromising on software quality
  • 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
  • Deep knowledge of one or more of the following technologies: Typescript, React, Javascript, Python
  • Other technologies we use: MaterialUI, Jest, Cypress, and Pytest
  • Hands-on experience with GitHub or other collaborative version control systems
  • Familiarity with search engines (e.g., Lucene/Elasticsearch/OpenSearch) and graph databases (Neo4j) is desirable
  • Experience with data visualization, data portals, or software development in support of academic research across spatial scales at the level of tissues, cells, and proteins is desirable
  • Familiarity with development of open source Python or R software packages, server-side components, and data-processing scripts (regular expressions/JSON schema) is helpful
  • Understanding of single-cell biology and the application of technologies that enable multi-omics investigation at the level of cells is helpful but not required
Additional Information
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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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.