Full Stack Web Developer and Data Visualisation Research Fellow University of Sussex, Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) United Kingdom

Full Stack Web Developer and Data Visualisation Research Fellow


School/department:  Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL)

Hours: Full time 

Contract: fixed term until 31 August 2019 

Reference: 2270

Salary: starting at £32,004 and rising to £38,183 per annum

Placed on:  19 July 2017

Closing date:  15 September 2017.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 

Expected start date: 1 November 2017


Job description


Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) in collaboration with the Schools of HAHP and E&I wish to appoint a fixed term fellowship in Web Development and Visualisation.


Intended to support research projects at the boundaries between the Humanities (broadly conceived) and other disciplines, the fellowship combines direct development of public facing web resources and academic research and publication.


The post holder is expected to create a unified web-portal to house SHL project outputs in collaboration with other research and academic staff.


The purpose of the portal will be to present and express the insights that result from SHL research work, and to pursue innovative strategies for online presentation of research results.


The post will also feed expertise and knowledge back in to SHL practises to further develop capacity for innovative and cutting edge presentation of research. The portal will employ novel visual and interactive approaches to presenting projects.


The post will be physically based in the schools of Engineering and Informatics and History, Art History and Philosophy, and the postholder will also work with the Library and ITS to ensure resources developed in the lab can be securely hosted by the University.


The successful candidate will be familiar with web design, internet architecture, data management; be able to write modular front-end and back-end code, and have expertise in data visualization technologies. 


They will also possess basic project management skills.  They will be confident in producing projects and sites to completion and publication. Candidates will be expected to proficient in the following:

-        front-end web technologies (CSS3, HTML5 and modern javascript)

-        single page application frameworks (such as angular, react or similar)

-        data visualisation technologies such as D3.js

-        back-end web application frameworks (such as, meteor or django), and to select one appropriate for the portal.


The person appointed will work with both the SHL team and associated academics to produce high quality digital and online research projects. They will work within a lively and intellectually vibrant research programme to help deliver a new vision of the humanities – as a field with digital resources and critiques at its heart. 


Good communication skills, a commitment to innovation, and an ability to work productively as part of a cross-disciplinary team are essential for this position. 


For an informal discussion of the post, please contact either Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Digital History (t.hitchcock@sussex.ac.uk), or David Weir, Professor of Computer Science (d.j.weir@sussex.ac.uk).


Download job description and person specification Ref 2270 [PDF 286.14KB]


How to apply


Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.


Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to hahprecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 


You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.


You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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