Brown University — Research Software Engineer

Job Description:

Research Software Engineer
Office of Information Technology

The mission of the Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV, is to provide the scientific and technical computing expertise required to advance computational research and support Brown’s academic mission. We envision an environment where computational best practices, innovative solutions, and expert knowledge combine to build advanced tools for research and to enable new discoveries. We are a team of data scientists and research software engineers with a wide range of scientific backgrounds (e.g., Engineering, Physics, Computer Vision, Biology, Psychology, Statistics, Applied Math, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Industry, etc.).

The Research Software Engineer (RSE) will work together with other members of our team and the Brown community to develop and deploy high-quality software packages and software engineering solutions that support Brown researchers and their collaborators.  The RSE is expected to be a motivated, agile learner who keeps up-to-date with emerging technologies across a wide range of fields such as scientific programming, web/mobile development, data management, analysis, and visualization. The RSE is expected to quickly become comfortable with best practices in software engineering with a strong emphasis on reproducibility; this includes version control, testing, continuous integration, containerized applications and multiple programming languages for data science and visualization. All members of CCV are encouraged to take ownership of projects, mentoring of interns, and lead outreach activities to promote CCV.

CCV embraces a community enriched and enhanced by diverse dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origins, disability status, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class and religion. We believe diversity brings innovation and progress. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of those populations that have been historically underrepresented in STEM.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining a diverse team. We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to join our community.

The successful candidate, as a minimum, should have the following background:  

  • Grade 10: Bachelor’s degree with strong computational emphasis such as Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related field.  1-2 years of experience.
  • Grade 11 (Senior) Master’s degree with strong computational emphasis such as Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related field, plus 4 years of experience. Equivalent experience may be an acceptable substitute
  • Knowledge of Linux/UNIX systems and shell scripting
  • Experience with at least two programming languages such as Julia, Python, MATLAB, R, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Rust, Swift
  • Experience writing, packaging and/or deploying scientific libraries, web applications, and/or databases
  • Experience with (or interest in learning) mobile application development in support of research on iOS and/or Android platform
  • Experience with (or interest in learning) JavaScript front-end libraries/frameworks such as React, Ember, Vue or others
  • High professional standards with the ability to manage competing requirements in a diverse user population
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with strong analytical ability
  • Versatile, enthusiastic and eager to learn new skills
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment

Desirable Qualifications

Candidates with some or all of the following qualifications are highly preferred:

  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, containerization.
  • Experience with cloud computing software and services
  • Experience with scientific visualization in one or more science domains
  • Interest in UI/UX design

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Software Engineer

Office of Information Technology

Grade 11

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Full time

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Remote Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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