Brown University — Research Software Engineer

Job Description:

The Borton Lab is an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on the design, development, and deployment of neurotechnology to improve human lives. The Borton Lab consists of roughly 3 postdoctoral fellows, 8 doctoral students, 2 masters students, 3 undergraduates, a staff animal technician, and a laboratory manager. The lab is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (PVAMC) Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN).

The Research Software Engineer (RSE, Neurotechnology) will work together with other members of our team and the Brown data science and engineering community to develop and deploy high-quality software packages under design controls, as well as general software engineering solutions that support Borton Lab 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 the Borton Lab are encouraged to take ownership of projects, mentoring of interns, and lead outreach activities to promote the lab.

The School of Engineering 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 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.

This is a one year fixed-term staff position, with the possibility of extension contingent upon available funding.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree with strong computational emphasis (equivalent experience may be an acceptable substitute) plus 1-2  years of experience.
  • Knowledge of Linux/UNIX systems and shell scripting
  • Experience with at least one of [C, C++, C#] and one of [Julia, Python, MATLAB JavaScript, Rust] programming languages
  • Experience writing, packaging and/or deploying scientific libraries, native application, web applications
  • 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 libraries/frameworks such as React, ReactNative, etc.
  • 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 database management
  • Experience with cloud computing software and services
  • Experience with scientific visualization in one or more science domains
  • Interest in UI/UX design

All offers are contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check and education verification.

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. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site. 

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Job Posting Title:
Research Software Engineer

School of Engineering

Grade 10

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid 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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