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Harvard University Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

62690BRAuto req ID:62690BRJob Code:I0758P Applications Professional IV Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Senior Software EngineerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

We are looking for people who have:

  • Passion for libraries and the future of information access and civic technology.

  • Deep understanding and experience designing, implementing, testing, and documenting web applications.

  • Advanced working knowledge of web software languages.

  • Strong understanding of how the Web works, with a focus on efficiency, aesthetics, and accessibility, using HTML, CSS, etc.

  • Experience working with APIs.

  • Comfort with Linux operating systems.

  • Experience with the full life cycle of product development, from exploration to design to implementation to iteration.

  • A desire to share work and explore ideas in public settings, including presentations, scholarly seminars at Harvard, and posting to the Lab’s blog.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of our work, we encourage a short cover letter to explain how your career trajectory and interests align with our work and mission. Additional Information:We are hiring for more than one position.

We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School (  is a place where you can thrive. Department:LibraryPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Information Technology School/Unit:Harvard Law School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications:

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

Working Conditions:This position may be performed remotely; the option for hybrid work is also available for local candidates.  All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT and WA). Candidates residing in other states are also encouraged to apply, though would become employees of a third party external payroll company rather than Harvard University.  Position Description:

The Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) is looking for a Senior Software Engineer specializing in frontend development to help us imagine and build innovative software that charts the future of libraries. Our ideal candidate would be excited to build responsive, polished user interfaces that both bring delight and drive engagement.

Located at the Harvard Law Library, LIL is a fun and collaborative lab with a broad mission focused on re-envisioning how libraries can contribute to society. We are a small but active group working at the intersection of libraries, technology, and law, and we are looking for someone with new skills and perspectives to add to our team. Please visit our website ( to get a greater sense of our current projects and activities.

We value good design sense and user-centricity in our work. We welcome developers from any technical background who are well-prepared to dive into our code.

Our work is open-source and openly available, with an eye to broad public interest impact. You will be working directly with team members and the whole of the library staff and beyond.

LIL’s projects can range from large to small and can bring immediate benefit or prototype the future. A great deal of enthusiasm and creativity is required, as well as the ability to work collaboratively on long-term and short-term projects with a great team.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Work with design and product experts to adapt and create software-based solutions to support the needs of users.

  • Work alongside other software engineers at LIL to research, design, develop, test, document and deploy new applications and features and to tease out solutions to hard problems.

  • Work closely with librarians, technologists, the Lab director and other members of the Lab and surrounding community.

  • Provide project management support and work with partners and clients to determine scope and help plan development projects.

  • Help us adopt software development best practices and new technologies.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Remote