FAS Research Computing offers a unique environment for its staff to explore new technology, engage with world-class researchers and students, and work in a unique, exciting, cutting-edge Research/HPC environment. Faculty of Arts and Sciences RC provides not only high-performance computing and research support, but also training, engagement, continued learning, and special projects.

FASRC seeks a diverse team of highly-motivated and engaged personnel to make our mission a success and make our team a pleasure to work within. Come join us and enjoy the benefits of working for Harvard University in an exciting and ever-growing research computing group.

Current openings

53681BR - Research Software Engineer (Data Engineer)

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Harvard University is hiring a Research Software Engineer to support researchers' data engineering needs at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), which includes coalescing data from various sources, including surveys (Qualtrics), external providers, and previous experiments governed by IRB/DUA. Researchers at LISH are spurring a science of innovation through a systematic program of solving real-world innovation challenges while simultaneously conducting rigorous scientific research and analysis. This position works within the Research Software Engineering team and reports to the Associate Director of Research Software Engineering. Being able to develop and implement systems and data services that can efficiently query data at various spatiotemporal resolutions for a large and diverse network of collaborators is key. Harvard University is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to work in FAS Research Computing for LISH projects.

Apply here: Harvard Careers 53681BR


54310BR - Research Software Engineer (Scientific Software Engineer)

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Harvard University is hiring a Research Software Engineer (RSE) to support researchers' high-performance scientific software development, numerical analysis, and machine learning (ML) needs. This project plays an essential role in helping facilitate cutting-edge research on the brain. Through regular engagements with researchers, this RSE will help with the refactoring of a legacy software package for clustering electrophysiological neural data (spike sorting). They will improve code design, unit testing, performance of statistical/numerical libraries, cloud-readiness, as well as porting to general-purpose scientific programming languages (Python, C++, Julia). Additionally, the RSE will make a modular software structure to test different clustering and cluster-tracking algorithms utilizing ML and deep learning (DL) techniques. This position works within a team of Research Software Engineers and researchers at the Center for Brain Science within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and reports to the Associate Director of Research Software Engineering.

Apply here: Harvard Careers 54310BR


Research Software Engineer (Full-Stack Web Developer)

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Harvard University is hiring a Research Software Engineer to support researchers' full-stack web application development needs at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), which includes building a web application and software infrastructure for patient screening tools, scheduling system, Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) as well as coding of the clinical algorithm. Researchers at HSPH are partnering with the Argentina Ministry of Health to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of implementing a multi-component intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease that includes a global data management system that links a CDSS, which will link data from a digital mHealth screening tool for Community Health Workers (CHWs), electronic appointment scheduling, point of care testing (POCT) for lipids, clinical decision support for medication initiation, and an SMS reminder system for adherence to medications and lifestyle changes. This position works within the Research Software Engineering team and reports to the Associate Director of Research Software Engineering. Being able to develop a web application and implement complex systems and data services that can efficiently streamline data collection and perform backend functionality is key. Harvard University is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to work in FAS Research Computing for this project.

Please send your inquiry to Dr. Mahmood Shad if you are interested in this position.


54314BR - Research Computing Facilitator/Specialist

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Job Summary:

Harvard is seeking a research computing facilitator to engage and collaborate with researchers using a broad set of Linux/Unix systems administration skills, state-of-the-art RC systems and tools, and other software to enable research productivity. This position works within the Research Computing Support Services team and reports to the Associate Director of Research Computing Support Services. This position will consult and partner with researchers where they will co-create and co-learn relevant computing and data capabilities along-side students, faculty, and staff peers.

Engage and collaborate with researchers in the use of a broad set of state-of-the-art RC systems, tools, and software to enable research productivity.   Partner with researchers to co-create and co-learn relevant computing and data capabilities.

Job Specific Responsibilities/Typical Core Duties:

  • Engage and collaborate with a wide range of researchers through support requests (i.e. email, ticketing systems, chats) and in person consultations during office hours
  • Help to facilitate the design and debugging of research workflows alongside researchers
  • Work with identity management and directory tools such as Active Directory and LDAP
  • Provide end-user support for various filesystems and technologies (NFS, SMB, etc.)
  • Engage daily with systems engineering to support the administration of UNIX-like operating systems (RedHat / Centos / Ubuntu), Windows, and our batch processing software (SLURM).
  • Contribute to building the curriculum, create documentation, and teach trainings for basic use of RC for researchers
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Department Description
Harvard University's Research Computing continues to evolve, expand services and support to its leading research faculty and their collaborators around the world. These services include maintaining a Top 100 academic high-performance computing cluster, cloud computing, virtual machines, storage, databases, instrumentation core facility workstations, and other development platforms. We directly engage with researchers through help requests, monitoring, office hours, training, and in-depth consultations.  Research Computing has numerous other successful collaborations, including building the MGHPCC (http://www.mghpcc.org/) in Holyoke, MA with leading partner universities. It is with these and other institutions that we launched the NSF-funded NESE project (http://nese.mghpcc.org) which creates a regional data science repository, as well as the New England Research Cloud (http://nerc.mghpcc.org) which creates a collaborative on-prem regional cloud framework. Research Computing at Harvard has a track record of building partnerships to accelerate research and collaboration.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • General systems administration of linux and/or other Unix-like systems, as well as general support experience with Windows, Linux, and Mac end-users.
  • Familiarity with ticketing and time management typical of a tier 2 'help desk' position within an HPC or RC environment.
  • Experience using version control using Git/GitHub/GitHab. Experience with configuration management (Puppet, Salt, Ansible) desired.
  • Familiarity and experience with bash/sh shell scripting; Experience with Python or similar scripting languages (Ruby, Perl, Lua) desired.
  • Knowledge of virtualization environments (VMware, KVM, QEMU) and containerization (Docker, Singularity, Kubernetes) desired.
  • Experience with varied storage technologies (Lustre, NFS, Isilon, Ceph) a plus.

Job Code: 1157P IT RC Facilitation Professional III

Salary Grade: 57 - Full Time - Standard hours: 35 hours

  • During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position transition to working
    onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when our campus reopens.
  • We regret that Harvard does not provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.
  • We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community.
  • All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Apply here: Harvard Careers 54314BR

NOTE: Please be aware that this posting has been modified and may differ slightly from the above.


New England Research Cloud (multiple positions)

FAS Research Computing in partnership with Boston University Research Computing are building a common cloud framework that is tailored for data-driven discovery and will eventually be available to many institutions in New England. Together with core industry partners RedHat and Open Stack Foundation will develop a cost effective professionally operated on-prem cloud service with federated authentication and easy access to NESE that includes various levels of services, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.  See the NERC page for more details.



Upcoming Openings


Research Computing Facilitator/Specialist (TBD)

Details pending approval and posting.


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