Senior Software/Data Engineer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7088710

Posted: November 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Center for Computational Biomedicine (CCB) is a new center at the Harvard Medical School (HMS). Our mission is to provide cutting-edge computational capabilities, data analysis, and data integration technologies to support medical and biological research. We are a multi-disciplinary team of computational and quantitative scientists who work collaboratively both within the center and with members of the HMS community.

We seek a highly motivated, collaborative individual with excellent communication skills to join our team of technologists and scientists as a Senior Software/Data Engineer. You will help to design and implement novel solutions to standardize (meta)data using ontologies, with the goal of integrating large, complex, heterogeneous datasets. The datasets include healthcare insurance claims, electronic health records, genomics, environmental exposure, among others. The integration of these data will support large-scale epidemiological research in precision medicine, healthcare, and basic science, all with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

In this role, you will leverage ontologies and automated reasoning to develop sophisticated data and knowledge discovery solutions. Your work will use a wide variety of technologies, including ontology APIs and tools (e.g., OWL API, owlready2), public and protected relational and graph databases, and containerized services. You will have strong skills in Python or Java, and research experience or experience working in a research environment. You will be able to work independently and collaboratively on scientific and engineering problems and deliver solutions.

Basic Qualifications

MS in Computer Science or related field, with expertise in knowledge representation and reasoning. 5+ years of relevant experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Proven understanding of Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontologies, description logics, and reasoning.
Strong software engineering experience in Python or Java.
Ability to work independently.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Experience with software versioning and testing paradigms, including git or similar.
Experience developing tools that support user interaction.
Experience with relational and non-relational databases (RDF/property graph, key/value, document data stores).
Familiarity with the Protégé ontology editor, querying ontologies using description logic syntax, and use of reasoning systems.
Ability to work in teams.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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Job posting number:#7088710
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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