Job: Software Engineer: FISSEQ at the Wyss Insitute of Harvard University
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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and development of FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing).  Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist in Synthetic Biology, the Software Engineer will work with a collaborative team of academic, staff, and industrial researchers on FISSEQ (Fluorescent in situ sequencing) Technology. The position is in support of our IARPA Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) contract. The contract is a collaborative effort between the Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Cold Spring Harbor Labs, and Columbia University to map cortical circuits from the synaptic level in the mouse brain.

The Software Engineer will develop, test, run and maintain software for novel sequencing devices and associated technologies. The successful candidate will contribute to the design, and integration of our image processing pipeline with the cloud services API developed by IARPA. This ‘Big Data’ project requires working with terabytes of images, and creating software interfaces for Scientists to efficiently explore and analyze the resulting data. The successful candidate will also perform testing, organize and analyze data and report results. The candidate will contribute to internal reports, patent applications, Institute presentations, and Institute publications. The Wyss Institute Synthetic Biology platform focuses on the development of high-throughput technologies and tools related to DNA sequencing and synthesis, and directed evolution of bacteria. This is an opportunity to enter into the synthetic biology as it pertains to molecular diagnostics and connectomics.

The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances. For more information, visit:

Basic qualifications: BS preferably in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical field. 4 years of general software programming experience in C/C++, Python, Java, Javascript, database design or related areas. Advanced education may count toward years' experience.  

Additional qualifications: MS or PhD preferred.  Large systems software design and development experience, with knowledge of Unix/Linux.  Experience developing applications for internet-related cloud technologies. Familiarity with open source cloud and applications platforms, Amazon Web service development experience. Proficiency in server side development with databases such as Oracle, MongoDB, PostgresSQL. Experience with client side development with CSS, HTML5, D3.js a plus. Experience with data acquisition from experimental electro-mechanical systems, medical devices, human interface design, quality systems, and/or testing are desirable. Knowledge of software engineering documentation and lab procedures desirable. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability required. Prior experience in software development on enterprise client facing projects is beneficial. Candidates must have a willingness to work outside of their discipline to accomplish project goals.

Additional information: This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2017 with the possibility of renewal.

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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