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Lead Developer at L3@BC
Thursday, 28 July 2016 14:20

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College (L3@BC) is hiring a lead developer. This job combines full-stack development with cutting-edge cognitive science. L3@BC draws on recent advances in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics to understand how language works, what makes it possible, and why only humans have it. Our work is funded by the federal government and private foundations.

 

This lead developer and a small team of junior developers will be responsible for gameswithwords.org, our platform for crowdsourcing and citizen science. Since 2006, over two million volunteers have visited the website to participate in language research and to learn about science. In addition to implementing new experiments for the website, the lead developer will be working to reengineer the website. We will be reworking the platform to handle the growing popularity of the website. We will also be adding new functionality, including real-time machine learning, improved social network integration, and mobile device development. Much of this new functionality will be to support studies with children, focusing on how language is learned. In this work, the lead developer will work closely with the lab head (Dr. Joshua Hartshorne).

 

You should have at least several years of experience with front-end or back-end development (preferably both). Strong knowledge of javascript is ideal, and facility with MEAN (or similar) is helpful. A background in cognitive science (artificial intelligence, linguistics, psychology, or neuroscience) is not necessary, but the right candidate will see working with scientists in an academic environment as a valuable perk of the job. Good management and interpersonal skills are crucial.

 

Start date is flexible. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply, send a resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include any of these: your GitHub profile, any project pages showing off your work, or other portfolio. Reading of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 
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