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Scientific Programmer

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Work type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The Computational Optics and Translational Imaging (COTI) Lab at Northeastern University is looking for a Scientific Programmer to join our NIH-funded project developing next-generation neuroimaging data standards and platforms. We are seeking candidates with strong experience in C/C++/Python/Perl programming and web application development including HTML/JavaScript/databases. The Scientific Programmer will have the opportunity to interact with a large neuroimaging user community and will be responsible for training and coordinating between a list of prominent neuroimaging software projects.


As the Scientific Programmer for the COTI Lab, the role and responsibilities include contributing to an NIH-funded open-source project aimed at developing next-generation neuroimaging data sharing platforms and open-standards ( The programmer is expected to develop, improve, and maintain high quality JSON/binary JSON based data file parsers, NoSQL databases, libraries, and utilities, and integrate them with other open-source neuroimaging tools. This position will have the opportunity to directly interact with a large and diverse neuroimaging community of users and toolbox developers, prepare training programs, write papers and documentation, and collaborate with user-initiated projects. The Scientific Programmer will co-supervise graduate students and collaborate with computer scientists in the lab.


This successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant areas, with strong hands-on experience in programming and software development. Must be proficient in programming in C/C++, Python/Perl, and JavaScript, with excellent experience in source code management, unit-testing, documentation, and other software engineering skills.Web development skills with HTML/CSS/JavaScript/databases are also required. Strong skills in scientific computing, CUDA/OpenCL programming, MATLAB/R programming, and graphical user interface (GUI) design will also be favorably considered. Proven experience in publishing and maintaining open-source projects is a major strength. Good writing and communication skills are desired. The successful candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated and can work in a collaborative environment. Applicants should highlight their past open-source projects, if available, by providing repository links, websites, and code samples.




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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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