Technical Lead

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:


Today an informal network of hundreds of volunteers has assembled records for more than a million cases in 142 countries around the world. It may well be the single most accurate portrait of the virus’s spread through the human population in existence.

About the Project is an ambitious initiative to deliver a cutting-edge, secure data and analytics platform to support pandemic and epidemic research and equitable decision making. We do so by building networks, software, and analytical tools that are open-source, easily deployable, and co-designed by our global teams.


Our mission is to enable rapid sharing of trusted public health data to advance the response to infectious diseases. works across academic institutions, technology companies, and public health institutions with funding from Google, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.


We are dedicated to nurturing diverse and equitable teams and are committed to creating a culture of inclusion which promotes equality, values diversity, and maintains a working, learning and social environment that considers the rights and dignity of all its staff and across all levels of the organization.

About the Role

This role is key to deciding the direction and leading the next generation of the technical infrastructure.’s software engineers develop the next-generation technologies that change how researchers and public health officials connect, explore, and interact with critical epidemic information and one another. Our database and infrastructure need to handle information at a global scale and adapt to the needs of our international partners. We’re looking for passionate engineers who are comfortable working at all different parts of the stack including large-scale system and infrastructure design, front end user interface design, GIS visualization, data storage, security, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data analytics automation. Our engineers are flexible, work autonomously and collaboratively as needed. They also have great communication skills and are driven to constantly improve our current infrastructure performance and capabilities. Our team is driven by achieving high public health impact.

Minimum qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience
  • 5 years of experience with software development in Python and Typescript languages, and with data structures/algorithms
  • 3 years of experience testing, maintaining, or launching software products, and 1 year of experience with software design and architecture
  • 3 years of experience developing large-scale infrastructure, distributed systems or networks, or experience with compute technologies, storage or hardware architecture
Preferred qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or related technical field
  • 3 years of experience in a technical leadership role
  • People management experience for a globally distributed team
  • Experience with AWS database development
  • Experience with AI/ML training data sets and evaluation
  • Set technical and architectural direction for data and analytics infrastructure in collaboration with Product Management, researchers, private sector partners, non-profit affiliates and academic partners
  • Scope engineering goals and build plans to implement the technical product roadmap. Drive decisions for 1-2 year technical roadmap. Participate in and lead design reviews with team, peers, and stakeholders to develop design direction, evaluating costs, prioritizing features and benefits. 
  • Manage the geographically diverse engineering team (~10 people).  Coordinate and oversee assignments to support career development of individuals on the team.  Provide performance feedback and coaching. Support team cohesion and culture of inclusion.  Help to on-board new team members.
  • Communicate goals and current issues regularly to extended team and partners through sprint planning, weekly calls and daily stand-ups as needed. Triage product or system issues and debug/track/resolve by analyzing the sources of issues and the impact on hardware, network, or service operations and quality.
  • Review code developed by other developers and provide feedback to ensure best practices (e.g., style guidelines, checking code in, accuracy, testability, and efficiency) and technical mentoring. Ensure existing documentation and public-facing content is updated. 
  • Collaborate closely with the Head of Data, Operations, and Product Management to improve key user journey and workflows.
  • Represent the technical team with leadership, executive advisory board, external research collaborators, and non-profit affiliates.

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, location, and hiring institution. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Work location is flexible if approved by the hiring institution. 

In Development

Currently in development, launching early 2021.