Business Title

Senior Software Developer

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Harvard Medical School


USA - MA - Boston

Job Function

Information Technology

Time Status



Biomedical Informatics

Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Job Summary

Plan and conduct comprehensive applications/web development for complex projects; typically work as part of a team to implement complex business solutions. Perform expert coding: design, develop code at an expert level, and manage development projects, teams, programs. May manage multiple projects simultaneously.


The Sync for Science (S4S - team at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biomedical Informatics is seeking an experienced software developer to help build open-source tools that enable individuals to easily access and share their own electronic health records. Supporting a consumer's right to access clinical data with standards-based APIs, S4S facilitates an ecosystem where individuals manage their own health care data and, when desired, share these data with healthcare providers and researchers.

The S4S team supports research studies including the All of Us Research Program(AoU). AoU aims to make medicine more precise by incorporating data on an individual’s environmental exposures, lifestyle, genetics and more into the healthcare process. With a goal of enlisting over 1 million participants, the project aims to establish a much more accurate and detailed view of the ranges of human health.

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is a leading hub for computational biology, translational bioinformatics, and precision medicine. Based in the Harvard Medical School Longwood Campus, the Sync for Science program is part of a vibrant community of scientists, physicians, and engineers whose goal is to advance the boundaries of knowledge. The working environment combines the best features of a startup (fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies) with those of one of the leading medical schools (excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning, great resources, name recognition).

The developer will use several standards in the healthcare IT and research industry including the SMART platform and the FHIR protocol in support of these projects. We code primarily in Python and Javascript, but we contribute to broader open-source efforts in diverse languages including Java and Ruby.

SMART incorporates OAuth2 and related technologies to add security to apps dealing with health information.

FHIR is a standard for exchanging healthcare information electronically.

Typical Core Duties

  • Participate fully in software development life cycle 
  • Research, design, and implement technical solutions to deliver business requirements
  • Identify opportunities to improve and simplify applications portfolio and implement related enhancements
  • Contribute to creation and maturing of software development best practices and new technologies
  • Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients and to mentor junior staff
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

   Minimum of five years' post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Lives and breathes web development using open-source development and tools can discuss the pros and cons of various web Application toolkits
  • Writes quality code: source control, testing, and clear documentation are all musts
  • Experience with JavaScript and at least one other programming language
  • Experience with at least one web framework
  • Is comfortable doing basic system administration in a Linux environment
  • Experience with Python or the JVM
  • Familiarity with both statically and dynamically typed languages
  • Has worked in a client facing capacity

Certificates and Licenses

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

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston. 

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

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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, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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