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Web Developer at the Berkman Center (Cambridge, MA)

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Oct 08, 2008 05:27 PM
Seeking a creative, forward thinking web developer.

Provides ongoing support to the Center's many research initiatives and related research projects; consults, strategizes and solves needs for web-oriented projects. Works in a team within a fun, dynamic and deadline-driven environment, addressing web and programming needs of research fellows, staff, and faculty working on cutting-edge internet law and policy issues. Designs, develops, and manages custom websites, assisting with deployment into hosted environment and/or client sites. Estimates and plans activities for projects, identifying and resolving gaps between requirements and technical design. Term appointment scheduled to end June 30, 2009; continuation contingent on business needs and funding.

Basic Requirements: BSCS or equivalent and 3-4 years related web development experience. Additional Qualifications: Ideal candidates have capacity and desire to learn new technologies quickly and enjoy tinkering/solving dynamic technology problems. Required: experience working/deploying on GNU/Linux Systems running Apache and Tomcat; familiarity with revision control tools (CVS, Subversion), IDEs, development tools and release and testing methodologies; experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, PHP, SQL; experience developing database backed web applications. Should have some of the following: experience with free software interactive web applications (Drupal, MediaWiki, WordPress, WebGUI, etc); knowledge of various browsers and platform compatibility issues and strengths; knowledge of GNU/Linux, MySQL, Perl, Python, Java and Ruby; knowledge of MVC frameworks such as Rails, Struts, or Jango, a plus. Excellent customer service orientation, initiative to manage priorities with minimal supervision; adept at working with both non-technical and technical people; ability to understand and distill needs of complex projects is important. Experience is ideal, but enthusiasm and eagerness to learn equally important.

About the Organization: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is committed to producing scholarship with impact, and is proud to be celebrating its tenth year as a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, the Center now is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the intersections among innovation, democracy, learning, law, technology, and policy. The environment at Berkman offers both an opportunity to learn new technologies and a unique window into the world of technology and policy.

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