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Postdoc Associate for Development of Scientific Project Management Software

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Remote work (can be onsite at HU if desired)
55,000 plus benefits

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Postdoc Associate for Development of Scientific Project Management Software

Harrisburg University seeks applications for a one-year grant-funded postdoctoral scholar in programming and research for the development of scientific project management software. We are looking for a candidate with experience in research and programming development (JavaScript, databases) to build the software based on specifications from researchers in all areas of science. The associate will interact with scientists to elicit requirements for a minimum viable product, program these requirements, bug test the software, and help release the software with appropriate documentation. The software will be designed to improve open science practices and principles for transparency, data sharing, and metadata creation for reuse by other scientists. Learn more at

Start Date: October 1st, 2023, or as soon as available.

What You will Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree The position is a 1-year grant-funded research appointment that is eligible for remote work in the United States. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and/or be located within the U.S. Experience with research projects (broadly defined) Experience coding in JavaScript and interfacing with databases (SQL).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Blitz, NextJS, React, and/or TailwindCSS Self-motivation, attention to detail, persistence, diligence, and the ability to work in a distributed team Familiarity with scientific data, publishing, CRediT systems, metadata schemas Experience with GitHub or version management systems Experience creating technical documentation

Why Join Us:

Harrisburg University is a leader in STEM education promoting practical opportunities for students to engage in the workforce. The candidate will have the chance to interact with leading researchers in the scientific community and work with cutting-edge technology and software at the university. PI Dr. Buchanan is at the forefront of the Big-Team Science movement within social science promoting open science principles and resources for FAIR use within the community. The university offers professional development opportunities, and this funding includes travel to conferences to promote the new software development. HU offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

HU’s faculty, staff, and students represent a diverse set of individuals from many backgrounds and countries. We encourage non-traditional candidates to apply. Harrisburg University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution committed to the principle that access to study or employment opportunities afforded by the university, including all benefits and privileges, be accorded to each person, student, faculty member, staff member, or applicant for employment or admission, on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, sex or age (except where sex and age is a bona fide occupational qualification).

As required by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the university is committed to the broad application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy. 

HU’s Mission

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs. The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development. 

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents in an PDF format to Grants Office using with Attention: Erin Buchanan in the subject line:

  • A CV Copy of final transcript showing completion of degree A cover letter. A statement of previous research experience Examples of previous coding projects Names and contact information for three professional references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$55,000 plus benefits



Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

One of Pennsylvania’s most affordable private universities, Harrisburg University is known for small class sizes and a hands-on career-focused education. HU offers state-of the-art academic resources throughout its $73-million 16-story Academic Center, engaging faculty, and the resources of a thriving city. Here the academic and business worlds unite. Here individuals looking to learn, grow, and achieve can connect with experts who teach, mentor, and advise. Our programs draw upon close connections to the key industries and sectors that drive the economy of Pennsylvania.


The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering academic and research programs in mathematics, science, and technology designed to meet the needs of the region's youth, workforce, and businesses, and to expand, attract, and create economic opportunities in the region.

Vision Statement

“Founded to address the need of Pennsylvania's Capital Region for increased educational opportunities in applied science and technology-related fields, the vision of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is to provide academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels for a diversity of learners, using student-centered, technologically advanced, and experiential learning designs that emphasize student success, with a sharp focus on specific interdisciplinary competencies and strong linkages to career development. The desired outcome is the emergence of well-qualified, technically expert graduates whose understanding of applied science and technology-related fields is honed by direct industry experience and rounded by a sound, cross-disciplinary liberal education.”


At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • One of the lowest tuitions of any private university in the Commonwealth
  • Supports the academic success of members of groups historically under-represented in applied science and technology fields
  • Private, non-sectarian, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) university
  • Incorporated in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education June 22, 2009
  • Signature 16-story $73-million state-of-the-art Academic Center
  • Wireless campus encompassing Strawberry Square
  • Agreements with other higher education institutions--including Harrisburg Area Community College--for transfer students
  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 100%
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Average Class Size: 12

Institutional Leadership

  • Robert Dolan, Chairman of the Board, Conrad Siegel Actuaries
  • Eric D. Darr, Ph.D., Interim President effective July 1, 2012
  • Duane F. Maun, CPA, Vice President for Finance

Student Body

  • 1022 total student enrollment (includes undergraduate, graduate, dual-enrollment, and professional and continuing education programs) Approximately 400 FTE

  • 38% minority

  • 99 percent of HU students receive some form of institutional financial aid

  • 53% female, 47% male


  • Receive an exclusive experiential science & technology education in the Philadelphia-to-Pittsburgh corridor
  • Are taught & mentored by corporate-anchored faculty
  • Are hosted as interns by these same corporations of the region
  • Are a diverse base of young people meeting the needs, as identified by the White House in 2009, for expertise in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering & math


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Management and eBusiness, Geospatial Technology, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science (M.S.) degrees awarded in Information Systems Engineering and Management, Project Management, and Learning Technologies
  • Trimester system

Centers & Programs

  • Harrisburg University is home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Consumer Insights Research Lab, The Government Technology Institute, The Food Science and Technology Center, and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). NCSCE's projects include the National Science Foundation-funded Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)



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