The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University seeks an
enthusiastic web applications developer with strong people skills. The
successful candidate will develop web-based applications from the database to
the UI. The position will also provide project management support for some
application development projects and mentor (in an advisory and support role)
A developed job description can be found below.
Applications must be submitted through the Harvard University Human Resources
Website at the following link: https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/asp/tg/cim_job
Please include links to your social coding sites in your application.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Berkman Center seeks an enthusiastic web applications developer with
strong people skills. The successful candidate will develop web-based
applications from the database to the UI. The position will also provide
project management support for some application development projects and
mentor (in an advisory and support role) junior developers. Position expected
to interface directly with clients, working with them to refine vision and
scope of projects. 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 customer service and 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 Technology Director. As with all Berkman Center positions, this is
a term appointment funded through June 30, 2013; with strong potential for
continuation based on funding and institutional need.
Bachelor's degree required. 6+ years of web application development experience
including 4+ years work experience with Ruby and PHP using MVC development
frameworks (ROR, Symfony, CodeIgniter). Full life cycle development experience
(technical design through implementation) required.
Additional Qualifications - please note that this section lists a set of
desired technical skills. We do not expect the ideal
candidate to come into the job possessing them all, but we do expect her or
him to be a quick and motivated learner. We're flexible for
the right candidate.
Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or related field preferred.
Experience with agile, BDD and TDD software development methods are highly
desirable. Skills in Object-Oriented Design, Application Architecture and Web
(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 and drive the development process; demonstrated project
planning and time management skills; ability to work independently, assume
leadership roles and work as part of a team. Code samples will be required.
Candidate would thrive in dynamic, entrepreneurial, self-motivated
environment. Ability to work under tight deadlines crucial. Must be a team
player, able to work alone and in teams.
Organization: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and
help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from
Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing
community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that
span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and
society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.
Commitment to Diversity: The work and well-being of the Berkman 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
actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ
community, persons with disabilities and all other diverse candidates, as well
as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of
disciplines and methods.
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