Business Title

Back-End Web Developer

Auto req ID

43948BR | Apply via Harvard Careers


Harvard Medical School


USA - MA - Boston

Job Function

Information Technology

Time Status



Biomedical Informatics

Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties &

You are a python developer who wants to 

  • Build open-source cloud-based solutions for a science data portal
  • Contribute to science and healthcare.
  • Work in a small team of developers and scientists utilizing modern technologies and following best practises.
  • Learn from more experienced developers, and mentor junior developers.
  • Take courses at the Harvard Extension school at very reasonable costs (up to you).
  • Enjoy other excellent benefits Harvard University has to offer.

We are the 4D Nucleome (4DN) Data Coordination and Integration Center (DCIC) at the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), Harvard Medical School (HMS). 

  • HMS: Excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning, great resources, name recognition.
  • DBMI: a vibrant community of scientists and developers whose goal is to advance the boundaries of knowledge. For our developers, the department is like an incubator.
  • DCIC: This is us; a small team building the core data management and analysis framework of 4DN, making sure that the data from the network will be accessible to scientists around the world. The working environment provides the best features of a startup: fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies.
  • 4DN: An exciting NIH initiative to understand the structure of the cell nucleus and its implications for cancer.

Technologies we use: 

  • Pyramid
  • Node
  • React
  • AWS (lambdas, step functions, and all the other cool stuff) 
  • ElasticSearch
  • RESTful API
  • Git/JIRA
  • Travis/Selenium/Codacy
  • Docker/CWL

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors' degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related field and 3 years' related experience. 

  • Experience in developing, testing, and deploying web-based applications.

  • Experience with python web frameworks (preferably Pyramid/Pylons).

  • Experience with version control systems and team software development (preferably Git).

Additional Qualifications

  • Strong Python development skills. 

  • Cloud computing architectures (preferably with Amazon Web Services).

  • Automated testing, continuous integration/deployment. 

  • Previous experience working in an academic environment. 

  • Ability to work independently, manage own time and learn quickly.

  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.

  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical parties.

  • Experience working with large amounts of Data and building Data pipelines.

  • ElasticSearch

  • API design

Additional Information

This is a grant-funded position for 24 months with a high likelihood of renewal.

Pre-Employment Screening

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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 or any other characteristic protected by law.

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