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Software Developer (Fixed Term)

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 "Chain React" ( 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 (e.g. SMS chatbot, or similar).

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 platforms that serve these reporting campaigns well. Working with a small team, you'll 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 engineering 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 and the rest of the development team will be structured.

The initial duration of the contract will be for six months with, subject to funding, the possibility of extension until December 2018.

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

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The application deadline for this post is Thursday 29 March 2018.

Please quote reference JM14885 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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