The Skills Lab is looking for an entrepreneurial Full Stack Developer to join our team in a key technical role to help inform and execute on the Skills Lab's technical vision. This developer will primarily be responsible for the technical development of Skills Lab's online experimental platform, which includes building web apps for novel experimental puzzles/games (such as an interface for participants to work with AI agents to solve puzzles/tasks).
In addition to leading both the back-end and front-end work for online experiments, this developer will be expected to contribute to and execute on our growth strategy from a technical perspective, which includes scaling web applications beyond a purely experimental audience, co-designing and building gamification elements into our assessment technologies, creating a clear picture of our experimental pipeline with analytics tools and developments, and creating automations and research-authorizing tools that speed up our development pipeline. Our ultimate goal is to create assessment tools that can be used by schools, universities, businesses and individuals to provide a clearer picture of people's skills.
About the Project The Skills Lab aims to improve how we measure skills that are becoming increasingly valuable in the labor market. We are working to develop the basic science of human potential by defining and measuring concepts like teamwork, leadership and decision-making skills within experimental frameworks. The Lab works in collaboration with the Harvard Project on Workforce, and is led by David Deming, Academic Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Job Responsibilities The major functions include, but are not limited to:
Determine the optimal tech stack and guide the overall technical vision.
Oversee hardware and server infrastructure and manage which internal technologies are adopted and implemented.
Provide guidance to the research team in the technical design of upcoming online experiments.
Provide input into the short- and medium-term technical strategies of the Harvard Skills Lab, including identifying development resources needed for the successful implementation of online experiments.
Own the whole software development lifecycle from conception to deployment.
Minimum of two years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Experience working within game development contexts either professionally or through personal interest.
Experience designing and deploying engaging user-interfaces and experiences.
A blend of industry and academic background (preferably in a lab setting).
Experience in early-stage and fast-growing startups.
At least two (2) years of demonstrable experience as a full stack software engineer.
Certificates and Licenses
Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
Work is performed in an office setting
Important application instructions: Please provide a resume, a link to a sample of work, github repo, and a few sentences describing your availability and interest in the role.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment through one year from data of hire with the possibility of renewal.
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This is a hybrid position based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. As a campus-based institution, we place a high value on the in-person experience, cross-team collaboration, and strong community building in order to create a vibrant campus for our students, faculty, staff, and research fellows. The position is required to work in-person on campus a minimum of 3 days per week during the academic year. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.
Salary Range: $74,200 - $126,200 Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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