Javascript/front-end developer for Zooniverse

Zooniverse, the world-leading academic crowdsourcing organisation based in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, seeks to appoint a Javascript/front-end developer to deliver an innovative manuscript transcription project for Tate Britain. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented developer to work on a high-visibility project.

Building on the success of high-profile research crowdsourcing projects such as Galaxy Zoo (, Planet Hunters (, Operation War Diary ( and the rest of the Zooniverse platform (, the successful candidate will lead the development of a ‘citizen art history’ project, working closely with a team from Tate and Zooniverse. As the lead front-end developer for the project you would have an excellent background in interface design and an understanding of user behaviour.

Essential skills

Strong JavaScript/HTML/CSS
Experience with RESTful APIs
Modern JavaScript MVC frameworks e.g. Backbone
Demonstrable experience of high quality user interface design
An ability to communicate well and work as part of a team
Comfortable working with Git and GitHub (or an equivalent version control system).


Experience developing highly-usable interfaces for web applications
Experience working with modern web frameworks, e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django, Grails, Pylons
Ability to communicate your work to the Zooniverse team, project partners and the public
Experience working in an agile web environment e.g. the use of cloud infrastructure and custom APIs
A demonstrable interest in academic crowdsourcing
Pre-existing interest in or willingness to learn more about the context of the Tate collections and archival collections in general.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 12 months from 1 November 2014. The salary offered will depend on qualifications and experience. A benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be provided. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please visit and search for Vacancy ID 115165.

Only applications received by 12.00 midday on Friday 10 October 2014 can be considered.