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Lead Software Developer (Fixed Term)

CLOSING DATE: 6 May 2018

Reference: JM15365 

The Department of Sociology is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified individual to work as a Software Developer on a European Commission-funded project. The Cambridge contribution to this consortium project, entitled ChainReact (, is led by Dr Ella McPherson within the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will have a key role in the development team for The Whistle ( ¿ a human rights reporting and verification platform that is being developed as part of this project. The platform will allow for cross-referencing whistleblowers'/witnesses' reports with information originating from NGO databases and social media reports, as well as reporting by civilian witness via a simple interface.

The project is now looking for a full stack programmer who will contribute to development of the further iterations of The Whistle platform - working with the research team and NGO partners to deliver solutions that serve these reporting campaigns well. Working with a small team, you will influence the design of this ambitious new platform that will facilitate the work of international human rights organisations ¿ and then see that design through to execution. The position is suited to a full stack programmer who is interested in taking on a larger engineering management role.

The post-holder will be responsible for leading development of an engineering strategy on with our next partners and improving our test practices as we maintain and add features for our existing partners. This includes working closely with the research team, translating functional requirements to technical specifications and communicating timelines and feasibilities to the product team. There is flexibility around whether the position will be part-time or full-time ¿ the successful candidate will be consulted on how this post will be structured. There is also flexibility around the specifics of this role, in that part of the recruitment process will involve figuring out how a strong candidate would fit into our existing team.

The contract will run until the end of 2018, when the project's current source of funding ends.

Informal enquiries about this role can be directed to Richard Mills (

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2018 in the first instance.

The closing date for this post is Sunday 6 May 2018.

Please quote reference JM15365 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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