Web Developer for Public Interest Science Org
Silent Spring Institute - Newton, MA

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Location: Newton (Metro-Boston)
Full time, excellent benefits

Mission Statement: Help Silent Spring Institute make our science intelligible to everyone through interactive web and mobile applications.

We’re looking for a web and mobile application developer to lead our efforts to communicate our findings. Our first two projects are:

We have readings of chemical levels in people’s environments and their bodies. You’ll build a web application help us share those results with the people themselves in an intelligible and compelling way.

We’ve found that some cleaning and personal care products have hormone disruptors and carcinogens, but, unsurprisingly, that’s not always on the label! You’ll develop a mobile app to help people make informed decisions when they’re shopping.

We’re relentlessly asking tough questions about the chemicals that are increasingly a part of the products we buy -- see http://bit.ly/RIcdra, http://nyti.ms/U8YrxF. You’ll be there with us, helping us communicate our findings to make healthier homes, more informed consumers, and cleaner communities.

You will have opportunities to develop new projects or be involved in working with R or ArcGIS (and learn them if you don’t already know them), for example to finish development of an R package for environmental health data, create computational systems to assess privacy risks in environmental health data, and lead further development of MassHEIS.


  • web app development. You can implement a design using web technologies (CSS, HTML, and Javascript), ideally both desktop and mobile.
  • data visualization. You can make intelligible custom graphs and charts, using tools like d3.
  • client and server: You know your technology options (Rails, Django, node.js, PHP, etc., Bootstrap, Stylus, Backbone, etc.), and can make informed decisions.
  • data management and statistical analyses: Ideally, you’ll be familiar with R or a similar tool, or be willing to learn.
  • experience with interaction design is a definite plus.
  • good software engineering habits: source control, testing, reusability, documentation, etc.

You’ll need to be able to work with diverse technical and non-technical colleagues. As the primary software person on our team, you’ll need to demonstrate considerable autonomy and versatility.

More about us:
Our 13-person multi-disciplinary team includes expertise in toxicology, exposure science, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research. We collaborate with computer scientists and other scientists at Harvard, UC Berkeley, US Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere. We publish in peer-reviewed journals and are often in the news (http://bit.ly/RIcdra,http://nyti.ms/U8YrxF). We are celebrating our 20th anniversary year!

Compensation: This is a full time position. We offer competitive salaries, 4 weeks vacation to start plus holidays, health insurance, and other benefits.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume. If you don’t have significant work experience yet, please also include a copy of your academic transcript (photocopy is fine).

Silent Spring Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to identifying—and changing—the links between environmental chemicals and women’s health. We work with collaborating investigators at Harvard, UC Berkeley, CDC etc., and activists at Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and nationally. Research focuses on breast cancer and environmental pollutants, especially endocrine disrupting compounds and animal mammary gland carcinogens, and path-breaking studies of household exposures. This is an opportunity to be part of a nationally recognized, innovative, mission-driven team. www.silentspring.org

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Silent Spring Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to identifying—and changing—the links between...