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HIRING NOW - Front-end developer

Are you a creative designer or front-end developer interested in reaching millions of people?

Why not join our team? Closing date: 24th May 2017. Apply here

The University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre publishes tests and data visualisations that are used by millions of people worldwide. We are seeking to hire a front-end developer to take these tools to the next level. You will contribute design thinking and creative flair to our multidisciplinary team, helping to translate ground-breaking research into beautiful applications for the public, academia and business.

You will also be working closely with the chief software engineer and business development team to support the development of assessment products. Your personal and professional development will be continuously supported by a diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the University of Cambridge, and by the Centre’s collaborative culture.

This is a fixed term post until March 2019 in the first instance, with longer term opportunities available. It is full time and based in central Cambridge.  

Your skills

You will have demonstrable experience in developing front-end applications and user interfaces in a professional working environment. You will also be comfortable using graphics software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop) for design, mock-ups and templating, and be able to write semantic HTML5 mark-up and output CSS3 with SASS/LESS pre-processors. A good knowledge of Javascript/Typescript is required, and experience or willingness to learn Angular JS preferred.

The core aspects of the role are:

 1) Programming and integrating components into software products

  • Writing clean, maintainable code, adhering to agile development methodologies
  • Creating automated tests for critical parts of the user interface
  • Taking ‘mobile first’ and cross-platform approach, which considers the need for responsive and intuitive design, load times, accessibility, performance, etc.
  • Integrating into current software development process

 2) Designing user interface components for online applications and marketing materials

  • Designing visual elements for websites, white paper-style reports, brochures, etc.
  • Backing UX decisions with research and data from heat maps, click stats, etc.
  • Collaboration with Business Development team to ensure all-round visual quality of external tools and communications
  • Providing and presenting user interface mock-ups
  • Overseeing compliance with University and other applicable brand guidelines

How to apply

If you have any questions about the role before applying, please do not hesitate to call Professor John Rust on 01223 769322 or send us an email at  

The Psychometrics Centre is part of the Cambridge Judge Business School and the role is administered in JBS Executive Education Limited. Instructions for applying are available here.

Further particulars of the role are available here.

You will be asked to complete a CHRIS/6 cover sheet, and to provide a covering letter and full CV. Once completed these can be sent to Petya Dimitrova, HR Coordinator, Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG, or email You are also invite to share examples of any previous work that demonstrates the skills required for this post

Further information on design at the Psychometrics Centre

Applicants are encourage to explore our website and discover the nature and diversity of the work we do. Many of our online projects have challenging visual and interactive elements, of which some examples are provided below. The role-holder would be involved in developing and refining similar projects:

-  - Interactive data visualisation using WebGL, connecting to Apply Magic Sauce API and a large back-end MySQL infrastructure (containing 6.4 billion data points) to generate real-time predictions about the user. Used by over 1 million people worldwide in 7 languages within 3 weeks of launch. Developed for Ubisoft with Sid Lee and Stink Digital Media. 2016.

- - psychological prediction from Facebook Likes and text samples, using proprietary Centre technology to educate and engage digital citizens regarding privacy and online behaviour. Developed in-house. 2014. - Psychometric iPad game Jobcity, developed with Linkko Partners as part of our ongoing research into novel methods for psychometric assessment. 2014. - Online mirror developed with National Media Museum to showcase personality prediction technology. 2012.

- Other Centre websites: and