Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Our mission is to create a future for everyone. Across our three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.
We believe we can help build a future for everyone.
- We aim to be daring, but humble: We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
- We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
- Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.
Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
By pairing engineers with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity teams, we can bring technology to the table in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy experts better address the myriad challenges they face.
In our Science Initiative, our mission is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research.
Some Science Initiative example projects include:
- napari – an open-source interactive, multi-dimensional image viewer for python
- IDseq – a metagenomics platform focused on delivering insights in infectious disease
- Starfish – an open-source image processing framework, enabling access to multiplex image-based transcriptomics analysis
- cellxgene – an open-source interactive data explorer for single-cell transcriptomics data
- Meta, a semantic discovery tool that provides a faster way to understand, organize and explore science through personalized feeds
As a Senior Software Engineer in the Imaging Program, you will build software tools to support our mission, focused on enabling researchers to gain a much deeper mechanistic understanding of biological systems. Those software tools will help researchers to visualize life’s processes at the necessary biological scales (systems, tissues, cells, proteins) and in the necessary context (e.g. protein interaction in cells, cell signaling in the living system), enable measurement and quantitative insights, and make and build on each other’s discoveries.
You will have the opportunity to work closely with a collaborative team of scientists, engineers, product managers, designers and user researchers, building software that accelerates the pace of the biological sciences. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with extraordinary engineering skills and an interest in open source software and science.
- Build analysis and visualization tools for exploring and analyzing biological imaging data
- Collaborate on open source software projects with the opportunity to contribute to major existing essential open source projects
- Work in a multi-disciplinary team, with engineers, scientists, product managers, designers and user researchers, to define product plans and strategy
You have diverse and robust software engineering skills, an interest in biology and the CZI mission and a desire to build user-centered solutions.
- 5+ years of software design, development and delivery for both desktop and web applications
- 3+ years using relevant technologies including Python, front-end web, cloud and other related technologies
- Experience building Python GUI applications using PyQt/Qt or similar frameworks
- Familiar with the scientific Python ecosystem (SciPy) and working on open source projects a plus
- Demonstrated ability to learn and use new methods and tools, define project requirements and ship completed projects
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills