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Software Developer

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard Law School


Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (BKC) seeks a generalist webdeveloper, who will work as part of the Lumen Database platform team ( They will work to maintain theplatform, anddevelop tools and performance enhancements to aid researchers and users to better use the platform. The developer will also work on other BKC research and open-source software tools.

As a SoftwareDeveloper, you will:

  • Lead efforts to code, deploy and test revisions and new functionality for Lumenplatform

  • Collaborate closely with research team to scope future development to achieve longer-term project goals, plan for platformgrowth

  • Translate technical capabilities and requirements into non-technical terms for internal and externalstakeholders

  • Work with other members of the BKC development team to iterate on bug-fixes, participate in code reviews for Lumen andotherCenterprojects

  • Flexibly and creatively promote technical solutions within a dynamic community of world-class researchers, academics, and activists across multipledisciplines

Typical Core Duties
  • Participate fully in software development life cycle
  • Implement and support technical solutions to deliver business requirements
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve services
  • Contribute ideas to coding best practices and new technologies
  • Draw on relationship and technical skills to act as technical liaison to internal and external clients
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have:

  • Full life cycle development experience (technical design through implementation)using industry-standard frameworks (eg, Rails, Symfony, Django)

  • Experience with Ruby and HTML/JavaScript/CSS

  • Experience with relational DBs (mySQL, PostgreSQL),noSQLDBs (mongoDB) and/or search (Elasticsearch, SOLR)

  • A focus on engineering quality, simplicity and maintainability

  • Strong command of web standards and best practices

  • Experience with scaling and performance optimization at the storage and application layers

Additional Information

This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2022with potentialforrenewal,subject to departmental funding and need.To learn more about Berkman Klein Center, visit us

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

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 Schoolis a place where you can thrive.

Job Function
Information Technology

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
I0757P Applications Professional III


Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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