Network Canvas: Independent Contracted Developer

Headquarters: Chicago, IL

The Role

Canvas is recruiting for an independent contracted developer to work alongside
our lead developer and academic team to facilitate the goals of our grant.
Under the supervision of our lead developer, you will architect, implement,
document, test, and otherwise support the development of the Network Canvas
software suite and its web presence.The
preferred candidate will be able to commit up to 40 hours a week for the
duration of the grant (June 2021), will work remotely, and will be able to
follow their own work schedule to complete tasks on target so long as regular
team communication is satisfactory.

The use of Skype, Slack, and other various
team communication platforms, will be expected.

Occasional travel to Chicago
may be required.

Who We Are

Network Canvas is a grant-funded (R01DA042711)
project within Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender
Minority Health and Wellbeing.

The project aims to develop an open-source framework
to capture complex structural data for social research purposes, developed from
an existing tool that enables participants to articulate a ‘personal network’
(a set of ties, or ‘alters’, along with the relationships these ties might have
to one another, and any attributes these alters may have) through a series of
touch-optimised interfaces in an interview setting.

the course of the grant, we intend to harden and extend the existing Network Canvas software,
and create a companion application that allows researchers without significant
technical knowledge to design their own interviews, collect and collate data,
and export it into popular network file formats.


application is a hybrid desktop/mobile app with a shared HTML/JS codebase built
on React/Redux, using Apache Cordova (phonegap) and Electron as encapsulation

Our target platforms include Windows, Linux, OSX, iOS and Android
(with reduced/scaled functionality).


DevelopmentUnder supervision of the Lead Developer, establish a detailed
specification for all applications within the Network Canvas suite.Update, repair, modify and develop existing software and generic
applications, including any core dependencies or external frameworks.Implement and document an internal API that can serve as a framework for
development.Implement the user interface and core application modules that service
this API, solving any challenges that may arise.Adapt the applications to new requirements, as necessary.Develop robust and effective tests across the project codebase.DocumentationContribute to accurate and detailed information for public
documentation.Contribute to the creation of tutorials and how-to articles on core
application functionality.Web
PresenceOccasionally assist in tasks related to the project’s web presence.CommunicationRegularly communicate with lead developer on weekly targets, coordinate
with the core development team, and clearly communicate day-to-day development
goals and activities with the rest of the project group.Provide team with detailed invoices of work completed on a monthly

Qualifications and Skills

applicants will possess an excellent
level of technical knowledge and general proficiency in software development.
A degree in computer science not required.Expert-level programming and technical knowledge, particularly in
JavaScript with an emphasis on knowledge of React/Redux.Expertise in setting up and configuring build tools (e.g.

grunt, gulp), and development environments (Xcode, android SDK, etc.).Working competency with front end development technologies, including
CSS pre-processors such as LESS and SASS, and one or more UI frameworks.A strong knowledge of human-centered design principles, and a commitment
to creating high quality user experiences with an emphasis on attention to
detail.Knowledge of git workflows and collaborative coding techniques.General ingenuity and creativity, with strong analytical capabilities
and a logical approach to problem solving.A team-first mindset, with strong interpersonal skills and a
professional demeanor.A track record of delivering to specification, on time, when under pressure.Communication skills - including the ability to convey information to
non-technical colleagues in a concise and clear way, and the ability to produce
documentation tailored to various audiences.An understanding and appreciation of the values and aims of open source
academic software projects.

DesirableKnowledge of Phonegap/Cordova and mobile app development.Knowledge of Electron.Knowledge of iOS and android development.Background in UI design, or UX/HCI research.Knowledge of social network analysis, networks, graph theory, or related
concepts.Experience of graph databases, such as Neo4j.


To apply: Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter and digital portfolio or an example of their work to Kate Banner at [email protected]

Incomplete materials will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We encourage applications from racial, sexual, and gender minorities – and other groups traditionally underrepresented in software development.

Compensation commensurate with experience.


Source: Clevertech