Backend/Data Specialist

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Harvard University

06-Oct-2017 Backend/Data Specialist Harvard Kennedy School 43910BR

Duties & Responsibilities Position Summary:

The Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development (CID) seeks to answer why some countries grow while others remain mired in poverty. Our team takes government data, combines it with our research methodology on growth and turns it into interactive data tools affecting citizens and policy at the highest international levels. This is a unique opportunity for a committed and enthusiastic software engineer to join CID's Growth Lab to improve the livelihoods of millions of people.

Our development team is working with large data sets, developing exploratory data visualization applications and platforms, and bringing forth insights and information in an accessible way to a variety of users, including policymakers around the world.

In this position you will make a meaningful contribution to the development and enhancement of our online platforms, including our flagship tool, the Atlas of Economic Complexity, produced by the Growth Lab. The Atlas is an innovative platform that allows users to visualize a country's trade and explore growth opportunities for every country and over 900 products.

General Purpose:

The software engineer will collaborate with a growing team of developers and designers working on the visualization of data and analysis from CID's Growth Lab research. The engineer will be expected to work closely with our current backend/data engineer and among a diverse set of stakeholders to learn, solve, develop, and deploy.

The candidate will take a mature and professional approach to their work, demonstrating adaptability, reliability and strong communication skills. On this team, engineers must be comfortable self-directing their daily activities to meet frequent deadlines across the entire agile software development cycle.

Position responsibilities:

  • Learn and work alongside our backend/data engineer and our frontend engineer to build and improve backend APIs that query and deliver data quickly and efficiently for our data visualization tools

  • Help deploy and manage server systems that host our data visualization tools

  • Contribute to the build of data pipelines to clean, process and analyze large and varied datasets

  • Help solve a wide variety of everyday technology issues, encountered by researchers (i.e. scraping data, extracting text from images, visualizing large datasets)

  • Work with our product manager, developers, designer and users across the full software lifecycle: requirements, design, development, releasing and maintenance

Additional Information Important Application Instructions: In addition to your application, please send links to samples of your work that showcases clean, understandable code and demonstrates industry best practices.

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from the date of hire with the possibility of renewal.

EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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