Creative Software Engineer Conservation / Charity

Recruiter
CHM Recruit
Location
North West London
Salary
From £26,797 to £27,794 per annum
Posted
14 Apr 2017
Closes
14 May 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
As the Creative Software Engineer, your role will span writing software to power our client's IoT platform for conservation, creating APIs to integrate new services, deploying code to cloud-based services and working with embedded systems.

Position: Creative Software Engineer
Contract: (Full-Time 1 year FTC)
Salary: £26,797 - £27,794 dependent on experience, inclusive of London weighting
Location: London - NW1

About the organisation:

With global biodiversity in rapid decline and a growing number of species on the brink of extinction, advances in technology are becoming ever more important in helping conservationists address big challenges. Our client has established a growing Conservation Technology Unit (CTU) currently consisting of seven people. The team is working with a range of expert technology companies and universities to develop innovative solutions to address conservation challenges around the world.

They use the phrase "Creative Engineer" as they're looking for someone who is as comfortable participating in ideation workshops, as they are building out the technology components. You’ll research and develop technical solutions, collaborating broadly on wider incubation efforts and enjoy working with Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos and similar prototyping platforms. This is an exciting opportunity to join a fun and talented team with start-up mentality, which will provide opportunities to define and drive forward your own projects.

You’ll work in close collaboration with CTU’s Project Managers, Technical Field Specialist and Scientists, as well as working alongside technical partners such as: Cambridge Consultants, Google, Nominet’s R&D team and key universities. The role will be based in London, with travel to partner offices and international field sites, reporting directly to the Conservation Technology Lead.

This exciting role will work to advance our client's products:

  • Instant Detect 2.0 (A multi-sensor IoT platform to raise real time alerts on illegal activities in both terrestrial and marine environments)
  • Animal tracking (embedded systems for tracking assets and animals);
  • Instant Wild 2.0 (citizen science crowd sourcing platform )
  • Plus contributing to collaboration initiatives such as hackathons and a tech prize
  • References for information on some of their projects and partners:

  • Website (soon to be updated)
  • Press
  • Turtle tagging
  • Nominet (Periods of co-location and close development work with Nominet’s IOT platform will be required)
  • Overview of position:

    As a member of the Conservation Technology Unit (CTU) you must be inspired by technology and inspire others in the development of innovative technical solutions to solve big problems.

    You will have specialist expertise in the development and management of technical solutions, including background experience in software development (specifics outlined below). A broader knowledge of, and interest in sensor prototyping platforms is advantageous. You will provide consultancy on best practice and support our client’s programme managers and partner organisations in the selection and development of appropriate technologies. They actively encourage R&D to address the needs of their field teams and partners.

    Main responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the charity’s teams and technology partners to design, develop and deploy innovative conservation technology around the world, advancing their own portfolio of products
  • Building APIs and software systems to evolve tools for conservation purposes
  • Creating working prototypes and collaborating with researchers to deliver production-ready systems
  • Ensuring products are developed to the highest quality
  • Communicating technical solutions effectively. Able to articulate opinions on different approaches
  • Understanding field challenges and user needs to make development recommendations
  • Researching emerging technologies and applying them to conservation
  • Concepting and experimenting to propose and advance new and novel solutions
  • Working with their QA Field Specialist to help provide advice to end users and troubleshooting
  • Writing, scrutinising and providing feedback on specifications and briefing documents - being the point of contact for development partners
  • Reviews to cross check technology effectiveness against requirements at key stages in a project lifecycle
  • Ensuring appropriate technical methodologies and procedures are defined and adhered to
  • Core skills required:

    The following core skills are required

  • Advanced JavaScript
  • Experience working with SQL databases
  • Familiarity with version control systems like Subversion/Git
  • A passion for writing clean, reliable, thoroughly-tested, maintainable code
  • Ability to understand product development within the context of the charity and how products will contribute to the success of the organisation
  • Effective written and verbal communication with technical and non-technical colleagues
  • Passion to build out any subset of skills, to learn quickly and work with other people’s code
  • Knowledge of internet security and data connectivity protocols
  • Desirable skills/experience:

    The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Linux sysadmin/DevOps experience
  • Experience with EC2 cloud environment
  • Server side Node.js
  • JavaScript frameworks (in particular Angular 2.0)
  • MongoDB
  • Elastic search
  • Spark stream processing
  • API building
  • AWS familiarity
  • Closing date for applications: Midnight Friday 28th April 2017

    APPLICATION PROCESS: 

    To find out more information and apply for this position, please click the apply button. You will then be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to the employer’s website. 

    No agencies please.