The Zooniverse team at the Adler Planetarium is seeking a developer to build mobile apps for www.zooniverse.org (github.com/zooniverse). Zooniverse is the world’s most successful platform for the distributed analysis of scientific data through citizen science. We enable over 1.6 million registered volunteers to participate in 72 projects across the disciplines (from astronomy to zoology) in partnership with universities and research institutions around the world. As a Zooniverse developer, you’ll work with our team of 20 talented and friendly developers, designer, and researchers, including our Oxford Zooniverse team in the UK.
We have recently secured a large grant, part of which is dedicated to building a mobile experience for Zooniverse. This is a greenfield project in which the new developer joining our team will have the opportunity to shape our mobile strategy.
Who you are
You’re passionate about building really cool and purposeful mobile apps
You want to be an active participant in Zooniverse strategic planning, including technology choices
You’re interested in working in an inclusive environment. We strongly value the diversity we have in our development team and leadership
You’re interested in being in an environment that values work-life balance. For example, our normal work week is 35-hours Monday-Friday
Bonus points if you have experience working with
Web application frameworks (like Ruby on Rails, Django, etc.)
Git and Github (or other version control system)
Writing and maintaining automated test suites for code bases
Data querying and visualization
RESTful JSON APIs
Full-time, grant-funded position available immediately for an initial 24 months, with opportunity for extension
$55,000-60,000 annual salary
Comprehensive benefits package
Work trips to our Zooniverse office in Oxford, England
On average, one conference travel funded each year
Choice and provision of equipment
Flexible work schedule
Free entrance to local Chicago area museums and cultural institutions
For consideration, please provide a cover letter and resume.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.