Back End Developer

Position Summary

The Databrary project is looking for a smart, energetic and flexible back end developer to join its technical team. The developer will act as the primary owner of the code base of our service. Working closely with the managing director and the service team, the developer will design, develop and maintain tools to enable behavioral researchers to collaborate, store, discover, explore and access video-based research datasets. (S)he will maintain an existing code base and build new features, enhancements and integrations.

Databrary ( is the leading open source video data-sharing system for developmental science. Datavyu ( is the leading free, open source, multi-platform video coding tool. This position provides a unique opportunity to play a central role in advancing open science through data sharing and reuse.

The ideal candidate is a self starter who is not afraid of learning new technologies, thinks out of the box, takes initiative, has excellent attention to detail and can work to take tasks to fruition both collaboratively in a team and independently. The developer will adapt to the evolving and growing needs of the project.

Essential Responsibilities/Functions

Research and evaluation

The developer will analyze and understand current system and application architecture, logical and physical data models, security and storage implementation as well as the code base, document it thoroughly, formulate high level architectural and call graph diagrams and make recommendations to the managing director on a future strategic direction.

Development and maintenance

The developer will maintain existing code base and troubleshoot to improve application reliability and performance. (S)he will lead development, manage releases, deploy code, and track bug and QA progress. (S)he will build dynamic and modular web applications by implementing clean, reusable, well designed and well tested code to add enhancements, features and new integrations to the platform in current technologies (Haskell, PostgreSQL, AngularJS) or any other secure, modern, sustainable web frameworks.

Innovation in data management

The developer will work closely with experts in the field to understand the complete data lifecycle and management for researchers. (S)he will advocate for and become a force of innovation at each step of activities undertaken in relation to the collection, processing, description, transformation, retention and reuse of research data. (S)he will design, develop, implement, test and validate existing and new data management and web-based tools to facilitate research.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Hands-on experience with coding in a functional programming language like Haskell or an imperative language such as Golang.
  • Knowledge of modern web frameworks in a high-level language such as Java, Ruby, Python or PHP and video technologies.
  • Knowledge of how server side code interacts and integrates with front end JavaScript frameworks, HTML, CSS.
  • Understanding of best practices in SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle).
  • Understanding of TDD (Test-driven development), security and design patterns.
  • Experience with version control, unix scripting, automation and DevOps practices.
  • Familiarity using project management and task management systems.
  • Passion for open source projects and building high quality software.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and openness to learn and change.
  • Superior listening and analytical skills and a knack for tackling tough problems.
  • Ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities and projects.

Required Experience

  • Track record of designing and writing scalable software for web applications in modern web frameworks.
  • Exceptional understanding of system architecture, web programming, technology stacks, REST API and MVC patterns.
  • Solid knowledge of SQL and RDBMS like PostgreSQL.
  • Basic knowledge of scientific practices and research tools, such as Matlab, SPSS, or R.

Preferred Education

  • BS, MS or Ph.D in Computer Science, Information Technology or other relevant field.

To apply, send the following to

  • One page cover letter (PDF)
  • Resume (PDF)

We will review applications beginning immediately and consider candidates until the position is filled.

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