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Senior Software Engineer, ASML

Company:
Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Category:
Programmer/Analyst
Type:
Full-Time
Harvard Law School

66278BR

Position Description

The Applied Social Media Lab (ASML) is a new initiative of Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Our two-year mission is to build social media solutions that center the public interest. We are assembling a team of industry-trained technologists to work with experts from academia and civil society to build new software, protocols, and designs to foster healthier human connections. Teams of industry-trained engineers, designers, and product managers will work in flexible pods organized around key challenges and opportunities such as transparency and governance, decentralized networks, online safety, and healthy discourse. 

As a senior software engineer at the ASML, you will work with a small cross-functional team of engineers, product managers, and researchers to design, build, and test new kinds of social media technology. We are looking for full-stack engineers who can work on mobile and web applications, from backend storage to user interface design. You'll empower the broader developer community to build the future of social media by creating and expanding open-source applications. You'll also have access to extensive learning resources and support to grow your technical skillset and learn new languages or frameworks as project needs evolve. As part of an experimental organization, you should be comfortable with rapid and iterative development in search of insight and impact. You will champion engineering best practices while centering principles such as accessibility, transparency, data privacy, and user consent. 

As a Senior Software Engineer you will: 

  • Build and test new social media infrastructure using languages such as TypeScript, JavaScript, Dart, Python, Rust, or Go Engage with senior ASML management and external stakeholders (e.g., open-source project leaders) to integrate ASML technology with the larger tech ecosystem 
  • Collaborate with other ASML projects to identify technical areas of cross-pollination 
  • Propose innovative ways to shape social media's future 
  • Engage with the larger BKC community (e.g., by attending workshops and seminars) to stay abreast of current developments in the social media (and public-interest technology more generally) 
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of five years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have: 

Required:  

  • Experience working in least one of the following languages: TypeScript, JavaScript, Dart, Python, Rust, or Go 
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively on open-ended problems in ambiguous spaces 
  • Effective communication skills that can convey complex topics to both technical and non-technical audiences 

Experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: 

  • Developing mobile applications using Flutter and deploying them to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) 
  • Working with decentralized systems, peer-to-peer networking, or related tooling. This includes, but is not limited to: Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs), DIDComm, verifiable credentials, end-to-end encryption protocols, OAuth, OpenID, ActivityPub, XMPP, AT Protocol, DSNP, Matrix, Nostr, Solid, or Beckn 
  • Implementing zero-knowledge proof protocols and systems 
  • Implementing machine learning techniques or processes such as prompt-based learning, finetuning, Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG), and inference 
Work Format Details
This position may be performed in-person or remotely; the option for hybrid work is also available. 

Employees may work from any of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us
Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive. 

Benefits
We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
Information Technology

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
I0758P Applications Professional IV

Work Format
Remote

Sub-Unit
*

Salary Grade
058

Department
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Union
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status
Full-time

Appointment End Date
30-Jun-2025

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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.
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