The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) is looking for an energetic Program Associate for the brand-new Open Source Software Initiative. Together with partners such as The Linux Foundation, the lab will establish a network of collaborators that will conduct research on the composition and practices of the open source software community.
LISH is a Harvard-wide research program that includes the Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The lab conducts interdisciplinary research that focuses on developing a science of innovation through the application of quantitative and field experimental methods on innovation problems faced by our partners. LISH, since its founding in 2010 as the NASA Tournament Lab, has led the way in the application of crowdsourcing approaches to solve important technological problems. Over the past 7 years, LISH, in collaboration with its partners including NASA, Harvard Medical School, Scripps Research Institute, the Broad Institute, and others have completed over 700 discrete innovation contests for a range of scientific and technical tasks including computational biology, image analysis, space science, data analytics, and ideation. The lab team features Harvard faculty, researchers, program managers and affiliates. The Program Associate will work under the supervision of HBS Faculty, LISH Director, and Assistant Directors. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with LISH staff, postdocs, and doctoral students.
Duties will include:
cultivating background knowledge of open source software and how it works
researching the open source community and users
understanding OSS adoption of software package data exchange and code architecture
coordinating the development of the network, including the supporting infrastructure and the identification and invitations to potential principle investigators and researchers at other academic institutions
writing literature reviews and briefs
writing briefs and summaries from meetings
tracking deliverables and milestones on projects
crafting presentations based on research findings
communicating with partners and funders
participating in experiment design or open innovation experiments
extraction, cleaning, exploration, and analysis of data collected from various sources, including organizational data and aggregated intelligence
creation and maintenance of documentation of data files, modeling choices, rationale, and results
creation of prediction and classification models using validated measurements/features
working with the LISH Research Team to design and execute projects with partner research organizations.
other duties as needed
This is a term position through 12/31/19, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance.
We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
B.A. or B.S. in a relevant field
One to two years of relevant work experience
Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods and software applications
Experience managing large datasets
Strong project management skills
Demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Office Suites (including proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint)
Previous work experience in an open source community
Background knowledge of open source software and how it works
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47784BR
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