The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an interfaculty initiative with the mission to advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide through research and education. Founded in 2005 and based in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, HHI serves as the humanitarian arm of Harvard University and brings an interdisciplinary approach to building the evidence base of humanitarian studies and professionalizing the field of humanitarian aid.
As a core member of our web development staff, the Back End Developer will have a crucial role in implementing new software features under a tight development schedule. The Back End Developer is a member of a small, dynamic, and highly motivated team tasked with design, implementation, quality assurance, and user acceptance testing in a continuous integration process, and will be responsible for building applications that exhibit superior reliability, robustness, and performance.
This is a hands-on web development role, and requires the implementation of a system using Python/Django, Docker, AWS, PostgreSQL (among other platforms) and using best practice continuous integration tools. A successful candidate will possess a broad knowledge of open source development practices. This individual will also thrive in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, have an interest in the work conducted by HHI (particularly survey work in difficult environments), and have a desire to acquire and apply new skills.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates may be required to submit a past/existing Python work sample. Basic Qualifications - Bachelor's Degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or related required - 3+ years of related work experience required - Python experience required
PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates may be required to submit a past/existing Python work sample. Additional Qualifications - Understanding of Django and its ORM preferred - Understanding of REST API principles; experience with Django REST Framework preferred - Working knowledge of Docker as a development environment preferred - Basic familiarity with PostgreSQL and MongoDB preferred - Experience ompiling and making minor changes to front-end scripts and stylesheets using tools such as npm and webpack preferred - Interest in and willingness to learn Linux systems administration preferred - Experience with humanitarian data collection preferred - Experience with front-end technologies such as ECMAScript 2015 (ES6), React, Redux, and SCSS preferred - Familiarity with Node.js and Redis preferred - Language skill to assist with internationalization preferred - Experience working with limited supervision preferred - Experience communicating effectively with non-technical users preferred - Experience working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities preferred Additional Information 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 complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Job Function Information Technology Location USA - MA - Boston Department Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Time Status Full-time Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Salary Grade 056 Pre-Employment Screening Education, Identity 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.