: Principal Software Engineer, Clinicals Product
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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We are looking for a Principal Engineer to join our Clinicals Product team in the Core Services Engineering organization. Your job will be to work on a core workflow used by doctors at the point of service - while they interact with patients. But enough about us; lets talk about you.

You are a developer with extensive experience in designing and building full stack web applications, preferably in public and private cloud environments with some experience building and using large-scale automated test infrastructure. You are an excellent communicator with the capability of quickly picking up the complicated healthcare space. You are a tenacious, but nimble learner, who demonstrates design & engineering excellence.

The Team: Our athenaClinicals team builds code that matters, working on the beating heart of doctors workflows that is used by over 100,000 healthcare providers daily. We build the interface that makes the interactions between these providers and the electronic health record as seamless as possible, and elevates what the doctor needs to see, when they need to see it. We develop workflows that prioritize the doctor & patient interaction, allowing doctors to be doctors so that they may spend more time doing what they do best: providing patient care.

Job Responsibilities

  • Produce accurate, unambiguous technical design specifications with the appropriate detail. Lead design and development on an agile team of Engineers, a Scrum Master, a Product Owner, and Experience Designer
  • Collaborate, mentor and advise team members to promote productivity and effectiveness; share business and technical insights with the broader engineering and product organization
  • Develop knowledge to act as a domain expert. Take ownership of what the team builds and oversee efforts across the team to ensure completion

Typical Qualifications

  • Ideally 7+ years of experience with significant software engineering skills and computer science experience.
  • Proficient with at least one modern programming language; relational databases, and modern UI frameworks is helpful. (Experience in Perl not mandatory but a huge plus)
  • Demonstrable technical design/coding experience on a large-scale web app and a strong understanding of JavaScript ecosystem and web development.
  • Hands on experience in AWS ecosystem and/or ReactJS, TypeScript and JSX will be huge plus.
  • Ability to lead teams/technical projects including technical design, scoping and estimation.
  • We work in Agile environments, so solid Agile experience, and any CI/CD concepts is helpful.
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux, SQL, RESTful API, and various other technologies is preferred.
  • Forward-looking distributed computing, and tech like WebUI (HTML 5) and Modern JS frameworks a plus.

About athenahealth

  • Our Vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.
  • Our Location: This role is based in Watertown, MA, just a few miles outside of Boston. Watertown is our Global Headquarters and our campus, the Arsenal on the Charles, is home to several restaurants, a local gym and large outdoor space. This office also has a cafeteria, coffee caf and food trucks that rotate every day.
  • Our Culture: At athenahealth, our employees (or athenistas) are committed to making healthcare smarter. Our success is dependent on the diversity, collective spirit, and contributions of our people, clients and partners. We value teamwork and believe that the strength of our team comes from supporting each other and leveraging our specialized skills. If you are looking for company that will enable you to work outside of your comfort zone to transform the healthcare ecosystem, athenahealth is the place for you.
  • Our Perks: Along with health & financial benefits, our athenistas are offered a variety of perks that promote employee wellbeing such as commuter support, collaborative workspaces and dog-friendly offices - just to name a few.

Employee Testimonials

Olivia Adams
Lead Member Of Technical Staff

“I enjoy working at athenahealth because I am making something that matters.  My passion isn’t writing code - it’s what writing code enables me to do, which is make something for other people.  And there’s no nobler cause than healthcare.”


Sherry Cheuk
Product Operations Manager

“athenahealth has a mission to transform healthcare, which is something I really admire.  Every company out there is trying to grow, but I think our focus on making an impact and delivering value is really powerful.  Our work is about improving people’s lives.”