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Software Engineer/Developer

Software Engineer/Developer

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Software Engineer/Developer

Harvard Medical School


Position Description

Our group in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School is seeking a talented and motivated Software Engineer to join our dynamic team. This position is ideally suited to a strong programmer wishing to apply their skills to understanding biological neural networks. We are interested in how computations arise from the organization and connectivity of neuronal networks. To analyze neural circuit structure and function at highest resolution and completeness possible, we combine large-scale structural and functional imaging techniques including high-throughput electron and X-ray microscopy, and in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. We seek a software engineer with strong programming skills and coding experience. They should be capable of developing and deploying software for large data processing, handling, and analysis; user interfaces; and for driving custom hardware.

The ideal candidate should have strong programming skills in Python, some experience with Typescript and C++, and expertise in Machine Learning. Proficiency in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is essential, and prior experience in computational biology is a strong plus.

Main projects include: 

  • Development of software for high-throughput imaging instrumentation;
  • Development of software and machine learning pipelines for large-scale data processing and analysis;
  • Development and support of large data processing, storage, and computing infrastructure;
  • Success will require a close working collaboration with biologists and the ability to independently develop scientific computing software solutions to address biological questions. Building and optimizing programming pipelines will play a vital role in helping us to better understand the brain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, maintain, and optimize software applications using Python, Typescript, and C++.
  • Apply machine learning techniques to solve complex problems and contribute to our ML projects.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements, design, and implement software solutions.
  • Utilize your expert knowledge of the SDLC to ensure high-quality software development.
  • Investigate, analyze, and troubleshoot software issues, and implement effective solutions.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices in software development.

We offer the opportunity to:

  • apply your coding skills toward understanding the brain in a vibrant academic environment;
  • do cutting edge science with a supportive and collaborative team

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, life or physical sciences or a related discipline preferred. Highly proficient in Python. 2 years of related experience in research or related environment. Advanced degree may count toward experience.


  • Strong programming skills in Python and some experience with C++ and Typescript.
  • Proficiency in Machine Learning with practical applications.
  • Expertise in the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Computational biology experience is a strong plus.

We are especially interested in candidates with:
  • an advanced degree in science or engineering
  • programming experience in languages (e.g., C, Java, MATLAB) in addition to Python
  • experience with machine learning, deep learning, and convolutional neural networks
  • work experience in biomedical research and/or an academic science environment
  • demonstrated experience teaching or training in an informal setting.
The successful candidate will be self- motivated, creative, and enjoy working in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment. S/he will be skilled at translating research problems into well-defined technical specifications and then developing and supporting user-friendly software solutions; s/he will have excellent coding skills; interpersonal skills; and enthusiasm for collaborating closely with biologists. Demonstrated experience in software development from industry a plus.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions

Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term position with benefits and the possibility of extension.

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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Work Format Details

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Information Technology

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

I1257P IT RC Software/Data Prof III

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