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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Software Engineer, DiCarlo Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Software Engineer, DiCarlo Lab

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Research - Engineering

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McGovern Institute for Brain Research

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Office of Provost

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, McGovern Institute for Brain Research/Brain and Cognitive Sciences, to support and participate in neuroscience and cognitive science research in the DiCarlo Lab, an MIT laboratory engaged in building data-driven computational models of how the brain accomplishes visual object recognition. Will maintain all software components of the Brain-Score platform--brain benchmarks (data and metrics), candidate models, website, and automated submission platform; support users in the lab and worldwide to contribute new models and new benchmarks; work closely with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on specific research thrusts in the form of new metrics, data, and computational models; develop new features such as live updates on model scoring, incorporating benchmarks from new neural recordings, and preparing the platform for a community-wide competition; and organize, plan, and execute the future of the Brain-Score platform. The position offers an opportunity to become the engineering lead on this project, including potential manuscript co-authorship. The position is ideal for a someone who is interested in building software systems that enable cutting-edge research in computational neuroscience and in becoming a core member of a leading laboratory.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a B.S. in computer science or related area; five years’ relevant experience; experience building large-scale software systems; skill with Python and Git; strong organizational, communication and time-management skills; self-motivation; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other lab members. PREFERRED: experience with pandas or xarray, deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch or TensorFlow, and with Django; experience with or interest in (computational) neuroscience; and experience working in a research laboratory. Job #18966Flexibility of schedule is expected to accommodate research demands.9/21/20