Applicants must have at least 2 years of relevant experience in software development and engineering and a demonstrated ability to write production code. Bachelor of Science or Master in Computer Science, data science, logic, statistics (or a related field) preferred, or equivalent experience in software development. Other required qualifications include: 1-2 years of familiarity with Python; experience developing production code in collaboration with other developers or subject matter experts; experience writing and communicating about technical information; experience working with data, databases, and data structures. Applicants should work well in a team environment and be willing to learn the Docassemble framework.
Experience in one or more of the following is preferred, but not required:
Experience with representation of legal rules, law as code, or logic
Basic familiarity with legal research
Working with version control software
Writing reports for a non-profit
Experience with XML
Experience with Postgresql
Experience with Docassemble
Position Description: The Developer will work primarily within Suffolk Law School's Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (LIT Lab), which is located both within Suffolk's nationally ranked Clinical Programs and the Law School's nationally recognized Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Institute. The LIT Lab provides legal tech and data science consulting services to organizational clients, while also engaging in independent research and product development. The LIT Lab enrolls and works with a broad range of students each semester for experiential and seminar course credit. The LIT Lab also employs students on grant or work-study funding.
The LIT Python Developer position is a temporary, 11-month grant funded position. This position will be 100% remote, but applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The goal of the grant is to develop a national standard for connecting a docassemble-based form automation platform to courts' electronic dockets in multiple jurisdictions. The grant will likely involve implementing the Electronic Case Filing standard (ECF) for the Tyler Technologies platform.
The work will include:
Back end development in Python
Developing and documenting a data interchange standard, or filling in gaps in an existing XML or JSON-based data interchange standard (most likely the existing OASIS XML ECF standard)
Writing API documentation for Python code
Interpreting and coding software to meet a specification
Working with and manipulating data in SQL or NoSQL databases
The LIT Python Developer will report directly to Professor Sarah Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs. For projects related to the LIT Institute, the Fellow will report to Assistant Dean Gabe Teninbaum, Assistant Dean of Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education. As a member of the LIT Lab, the LIT Fellow will work closely with Practitioner in Residence and LIT Lab Director, David Colarusso and Clinical Fellow Quinten Steenhuis. The developer will have the benefit of mentorship and supervision by the Lab's experienced staff of developers, attorneys, and academics.
This position will begin as soon as possible. The Developer position is a full-time, 11 month temporary appointment.
Equal Opportunity: Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.
Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Required Application Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume or CV, List of three references, Code sample (if you do not have any representative code you are able to share, please apply and we will find alternatives)
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About Suffolk University
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