Junior Web Applications Developer

Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School
April 5, 2018
Cambridge, MA
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Duties & Responsibilities

The Berkman Klein Center seeks an enthusiastic web applications developer with strong people skills.  The successful candidate will develop web-based full stack applications from the database to the UI.

The developer will need to keep current with tools and technologies of open source software development and database architecture and will release much of their work under FOSS licenses. Working with great in-house talent, position is ideal for someone who learns enjoys tinkering/solving a range of dynamic technology problems and is comfortable in a fun, dynamic and fast-moving environment.

Candidate should have good communication skills; be adept at working with both non-technical and technical people; able to take initiative and follow through with minimal supervision; be patient, curious, and perseverant; be flexible and be able to prioritize and to manage multiple needs; works well as part of a team and independently. Reports to the Developer Team Lead. As with all Berkman Center positions, this is a term appointment funded through June 30, 2018; with strong potential for continuation based on funding and institutional need.

Basic Qualifications

BS in computer science, engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 2 years of web application development experience including at least 1 year of experience with Ruby and/or PHP.

Additional Qualifications

Full life cycle development experience (technical design through implementation) required. Experience using MVC development frameworks (eg, ROR, Symfony, Django) is a plus. Experience with agile, BDD and TDD software development methods are highly desirable. Skills in Object-Oriented Design, Application Architecture and Web Technologies (HTML, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, XML, CSS); skills in JS toolkits (jQuery, EXTJs, OpenLayers, etc.); Experience with RDBMS (MySQL, PostgreSQL) and noSQL DBs (couchDB, mongoDB); Strong command of web standards and best practices; Experience with web services (RESTful Rails, Apache, Tomcat, Nginx) and open source applications (MediaWiki, WordPress, Drupal, BrowserCMS, etc). Familiarity with Perl and/or shell scripting, with Linux (Debin, Ubuntu, CentOS) administration, Linux security best practices and implementation, virtualization (XEN, QEMU/KVM), source control (SVN, GIT) is a huge plus; excellent communication and technical skills; demonstrated ability to take appropriate initiative, drive forward the development process and work as part of a team.  Code samples will be required.

Additional Information

Organization: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping a focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at www.cyber.harvard.edu.

Commitment to Diversity: The work and well-being of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek and welcome applications from all applicants, including people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.

This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2018, subject to funding and departmental need.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

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