Software engineers at the Hariri Institute's Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL) contribute to a variety of cutting-edge computational and data-driven research efforts while developing their skills in the latest technologies within a professional software engineering environment. The projects undertaken by SAIL software engineers have tangible and direct impacts on academic research, public service, and industry partners in healthcare, finance, and technology.
As a software engineer, you will work within an agile team defining and building prototypes and production-quality open source libraries, applications, systems, and databases in domains such as digital health, data science, synthetic biology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, and others. Opportunities to contribute to research efforts outside of these domains will also be available.
Contribute to the design and development of the team's open-source framework Anchor, a customizable user management and backend system used across many of the lab's projects.
Assist in the development and deployment of a smoking cessation mobile application as part of a research study for at least 500 participants.
Collaborate with a team of researchers to develop and test a mobile application as part of a training program that empowers youth and young adults with disabilities to generate solutions to environmental barriers and to advocate for changes in the environment.
Provide support for Puppeteer, a web-based planning and instruction generation tool for in silico DNA assembly, and its integration with software at peer institutions.
Join a team to enhance HIPAA-compliant backend services for administering computerized adaptive testing (CAT) platforms for a diverse user population, including survivors of burn injuries, pediatric patients, and sign language users.
This role provides the flexibility to identify and prioritize efforts and to shape the long-term vision of our research agenda. In addition to working with other professional software engineers, you have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at Boston University and beyond who are nationally respected as leaders in their corresponding areas of research. Additionally, we expect you to take advantage of opportunities to develop new skills in almost every project and enjoy tackling diverse challenges in a flexible work environment, and to mentor software engineer interns.
SAIL is housed within the Hariri Institute for Computing, which catalyzes, enables, and supports interdisciplinary research efforts across Boston University. Our team consists of 11 full-time staff members and 10-15 interns each semester.
BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field. In lieu of degree, four or more years of relevant experience.
One to three years of academic or professional experience.
Significant experience with contemporary programming languages.
Experience with modern relational database technologies, NoSQL, and MapReduce/Hadoop.
Exposure to APIs and other web services within integrated applications.
Hands-on experience with cloud services.
Knowledge of Linux/Unix systems.
Exceptional ability and motivation to learn fast and solve problems.
A passion to impact science and society, and strong desire to work independently in a fast-paced dynamic environment where you have significant responsibilities.
MA/MS degree in Computer Science or related technical field.
One to three years of experience in a relevant area (software engineering within a research environment).
Advanced or graduate-level coursework in data science, databases, web development, and related topics.
Knowledge of continuous integration/deployment, unit testing, analytics, and other project management workflows and technologies.
Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment or communicating with non-technical collaborators.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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