Software Engineer

Broad Institute   •  

Cambridge, MA

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


Less than 5 years

Posted 38 days ago

Job Description

Are you a programmer who wants to make a difference and help cure cancer? We are a small, lively team of software engineers and computational scientists committed to agile development practices. Our tools and platforms are used by thousands of researchers across the globe, processing petabytes of data to advance science and medicine. We are building elastic, service-based architectures as technology platforms to dramatically improve our understanding of human health and enable new treatments. We are crafting the creation of world-class, scalable cloud-based data resources and pipelines to drive scientific discovery and improve human health.

The ideal candidate will want to learn new domains through our collaborations with a wider community of computational biologists and common disease geneticists. We are seeking a talented and motivated software engineer to join our team to chart this new course in genomics. We are a core part of the Broad Institute, a deeply collaborative scientific institution that is transforming medicine and human health by building software solutions to process and analyze scientific data on an unprecedented scale. You will be on a team that works withinternational collaborations, which may include some opportunities to travel. No medical, genomics, or scientific background is required, just an enthusiasm to improve the world of science and medicine, an ability to write exceptional software, and the ability to collaborate with scientists.

We are seeking a skilled engineer to support the creation of data resources and sourcing of pipelines for their scientific communities.

You enjoy working in a collaborative, team-based setting and interacting with people at other institutions around the world. You are able to work independently and know when to ask for help. You enjoy solving complicated problems and understand good software development practices. You have good attention to detail and take pride in the software produced. You are interested to learn about sequencing, genomics and the scientific work of the Broad Institute. You are excited about engaging scientists.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field

  • 1-2 years of Software Development experience is preferred, though exceptional candidates with less will be considered.

  • Experience delivering clear, maintainable, and well-tested software in a timely manner.

  • Experience with or interest in working with a wide variety of technologies and on diverse problems.

  • Experience working with users to develop and document requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills.

Any of the following is a plus:

  • Familiarity with cloud environments (eg., GCP, AWS, etc.).

  • Familiarity with big data processing pipelines (eg. Google Pipelines API, WDL, CWL, Docker).

  • Experience troubleshooting complex distributed systems.

  • Experience working in unix/linux environments, including basic shell scripting.

  • Experience with a formal programming language (eg. Java or C++) and a scriptinglanguage (preferred Python).

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