Openhumans.org - Lead Software Engineer
As the Lead Software Engineer at
Our model for this initiative is the work we’ve done on the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP), which has over 3,000 volunteers publicly sharing extensive biological and trait data, including hundreds of whole genomes, exomes, and genotyping data sets, over 1,000 health records, microbiome datasets from various bodily habitats, device data, brain imaging, etc. This combination of a highly informed and engaged community of volunteers and their contributions of extremely rich biological and health data, along with a network of collaboration-minded researchers, is an incredibly powerful scientific and educational resource that is unrivaled elsewhere. We will build on this momentum with this exciting new initiative that will transform participatory research and advance human health.
We're looking for someone who...
- Is interested in building and managing a full-stack website. As the Lead Software Engineer, you’ll be able to make decisions about what kind of technology is used and how it’s deployed.
- Has used multiple programming languages to build production systems (e.g. Python, Ruby).
- Is experienced with back-end web development (e.g. Rails or Django).
- Is comfortable managing Unix-like servers and has opinions about how to store and disseminate large datasets (currently around 50TB total, although we would start with managing <10GB).
- Works well in a small team of developers and scientists.
- Loves science, participatory research, and free software ideals.
- Believes in our mission!
PersonalGenomes.org (PG.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to generate, aggregate and interpret human biological and trait data on an unprecedented scale. PG.org's mission is to make a wide spectrum of data about humans accessible to increase biological literacy and improve human health. Its efforts are informed by values encouraging greater transparency and collaboration between researchers and participants. PG.org supports the Personal Genome Project (PGP) global network. The first PGP research study was founded at Harvard Medical School in 2005, and PGP sites now exist at leading institutions in four countries. We also produce the annual Genomes, Environments and Traits (GET) Conference. More information is available at http://www.personalgenomes.org
About Open Humans
We have years of practical experience, thousands of participants, and diverse data sets accrued. What we need now is an experienced developer to build a site for participants and researchers to manage and publicly share this data.
We would prefer for the software engineer to be based in the Northeast of the United States, ideally Boston or New York City areas. We can be flexible on geography, with the right person. We collaborate with people all over the globe.
In addition to your resume or CV, please feel free to share any free software projects, side projects, and development experiences you are proud of.
We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
Jason Bobe, Executive Director