Part-time Contracted Web Developer

Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was awarded a grant (R01DA042711) to develop and extend the functionality of Network Canvas ( – a suite of software that allows researchers to design, deploy, and analyse, social network data – and to promote its use within key public health and research institutions. A central element of this project involves the development of a community to support the success of the software. We hope to begin this work by creating a high-quality web-presence, containing tutorials, documentation, and hosting downloads of the software, as well as providing mechanisms for community feedback and discussion.

We are seeking a part-time contracted developer to help us to create and maintain this web presence.


Web Presence

  • Assisting in tasks related to the project’s web presence, including the development of website themes, assets, and the installation and configuration of software related to website features (such as forums).
  • Implementing a style guide to create a professional, consistent, and high quality visual style.


  • Contributing to accurate and detailed information for public documentation.
  • Contribute to the creation of tutorials and how-to articles on core application functionality.


  • Coordinating with the core development team, responding to direction from the Lead Developer, and clearly communicating day-to-day development goals and activities with the rest of the project group.


  • Successful applicants will possess an excellent level of technical knowledge and general proficiency in web development.
  • Applicants are not required to have a degree in computer science, design, or a related discipline, although such a qualification may be beneficial.
  • Applicants will be required to demonstrate their knowledge within the interview via technical discussion, demonstration walkthroughs of previous work, or other suitable evidence.
  • We will consider applications from those without substantial prior industry experience, although in such cases greater emphasis will be placed on the ability of the applicant to demonstrate the required technical expertise through the quality of their portfolio.

Essential Skills

  • Expert-level technical knowledge, particularly in JavaScript (including ES2015+), HTML, and CSS.
  • 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.
  • A team-first mindset, with strong interpersonal skills and a professional demeanour.
  • 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.


  • Background in UI design, or UX/HCI research.
  • Experience working in academic settings, or in collaboration with academic institutions.


Compensation commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter and digital portfolio, or example of their work, to Kate Banner at [email protected] to be considered. Application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications from women, and racial, sexual, and gender minorities are encouraged.

The selected candidate will work remotely and should be available to start immediately.

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