Full Stack Software Developer (Refugee Matching Algorithm)

Information Technology Services
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Stanford University is seeking to hire a full-time Software Developer to join the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) to work on its GeoMatch research portfolio. In partnership with governments, these projects study and implement an algorithm-based matching tool to connect refugees and immigrants to locations within a host country where they are most likely to thrive. This global research initiative combines high-quality academic research with elements of a social impact tech startup: product design, strategic partnerships, and advances in artificial intelligence.


About the Lab

The Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) at Stanford University evaluates and designs policies surrounding the integration of immigrants and refugees worldwide. By producing new evidence and translating it into creative solutions, we seek to improve the lives of these newcomers and strengthen the communities receiving them. We engage with community-based organizations as well as local, state, national, and international governmental agencies to test the effectiveness of current policies. We also design new policies, programs, and tools that ultimately affect millions of migrants, as well as the economic and social prosperity of the countries in which they live. Our talented team of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students is creating an innovative research model that combines the quality and rigor of an academic unit with the efficiency and innovation of a civic-tech lab.

 About the Position

Reporting to and working closely with the Program Director (GeoMatch), the Software Developer will serve as the technical lead and programmer on our wide range of research projects as part of the core GeoMatch team building technology for governments and NGOs. The full-time Software Developer will design, develop, test, deploy, and maintain software and tools to fulfill the requirements of our comprehensive research program focused on data-driven tools to improve immigrant integration. The Software Developer executes all programming tasks, including programming, analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, modifying, and maintaining computer programs. The Software Developer will work closely with the Program Director (GeoMatch), faculty, postdocs, students, and staff to ensure that research tools are implemented effectively and efficiently. As part of our collaborative teams, the Software Developer can receive co-authorship on papers resulting from projects they manage. We are looking for candidates who have the experience of working on systems of moderate size and complexity or segments of larger systems, as well as candidates who are interested in and enthusiastic about the applications of technology and software development for social impact. 

IPL is currently full-time remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to return to hybrid (on-campus and remote) working arrangements in the future, but we are open to full-time remote candidates based anywhere in the US for this role (must be available during PST business hours).

To learn more about GeoMatch and IPL, visit our website: https://immigrationlab.org/geomatch

 This is a one-year fixed term position with possibility of renewal for up to three years. 

 Your responsibilities include*:

  • Conceptualize, design, implement, and develop solutions for complex systems/programs independently. 
  • Work with a variety of users to gain information, and develop intra-system tradeoffs between different users, as necessary; interact with a diverse client base and outside vendor contacts.
  • Document system builds and application configurations; maintain and update documentation as needed.
  • Provide technical analysis, design, development, conversion, and implementation work. 
  • Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate complexity. 
  • Serve as a technical and cybersecurity resource for applications.
  • Compare, evaluate, and implement new features and technologies, and integrate them into the computing environment.
  • Develop team software development methodology. 

* - Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • Full-stack knowledge and skills in Python, Django, Javascript, and React.
  • Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage work across many different projects simultaneously, learn skills quickly and efficiently, work well within collaborative and multifunctional team settings, and be highly accountable to deadlines and partner needs.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Proficiency with application design and data modeling using relational databases.
  • Ability to lead activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to architect and deploy full-stack web applications on the cloud in a secure and scalable way.
  • Comfort with server administration with Linux / Apache / WSGI.
  • Commitment to and alignment with GeoMatch research goals and IPL’s mission.

 In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Experience deploying machine learning applications and knowledge of the machine learning pipeline (the process of training, saving, then running a model).
  • Experience with cyber- and information security tools, methods, and regulations.
  • Comfort with interfacing with scripts from other languages such as R from Python.
  • Demonstrated experience handling a multitude of highly detailed and complex tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and interact with diverse partners (e.g., government agencies, nonprofits, universities).  

 We recognize that the job description may not exactly match your qualifications. If you think you may be a good fit, we encourage you to apply.

 * Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.

 Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit courses. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

 How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background and interest in IPL and the GeoMatch research program, examples of your software development experience working in highly collaborative environments, and your motivation for working in technology for social impact. 

Optional: We also welcome attachments showcasing work samples, portfolios of past projects, and/or GitHub profile links. 

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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