Research Developer (Frontend Web Development & Design) - Digital Humanities

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Created: April 11, 2013


Job ref R6/AAV/322/13-JM

Closing date 1 May 2013


The post is located in the Department of Digital Humanities. The Department is an international leader in the application of technology in research in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences.  It is in the School of Arts and Humanities, and undertakes research on a collaborative basis across discipline, institutional and national boundaries: it has collaborative relationships across King’s College and with a large number of institutions and bodies in the UK and internationally.

The Department seeks an exceptional and creative front-end web developer, with a passion for creating engaging user experiences, to join the Research and Development staff. The Department has built and hosts some 170 websites, of which around 35 are in active development at any one time. You will be involved in supporting work on both existing and new projects, collaborating on the design, customisation and maintenance of their web interfaces (both public facing and administrative), and ensuring consistently high standards of usability, performance and compatibility across the department’s websites.  This is an exciting and varied position, which will involve working on front-end development and collaborating on aesthetic and functional design across a diverse selection of different websites and applications, ranging from bespoke web application frameworks designed to display large amounts of complex or unusual data, to customising off-the-shelf blogging and CMS software.


Developer level expertise in XHTML / HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (including experience with AJAX), are absolutely essential for this role.  You will have worked in the context of several current CMS systems and templating languages (such as Wordpress, Drupal; Django, JSTL, XSLT).  An awareness of interface development frameworks both for HTML/CSS (such as Bootstrap, etc) and for JavaScript (preferably JQuery) would be highly desirable, and you will be used to drawing up wireframe diagrams, sitemaps, and functional specifications.  You will also have a keen eye for visual design and layout and have experience in using Adobe products such as Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator, coupled with an excellent understanding of, and interest in, best practices in usability and accessibility.  You will have the ability to systematically and quickly test for, diagnose, and resolve web browser-related display and functionality problems. Experience of working with mobile and tablet devices would also be an advantage.

You must be able to demonstrate substantial applicable experience in a web development/design role elsewhere and will be asked to supply examples of projects or websites you have worked on in the recent past which demonstrate your development competence.

You will need to have an understanding of how research is conducted in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently. You should have good communication skills and the ability to document work in clear written English.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 May 2013

Equality of opportunity is College policy.


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £31,331 to £37,382, per annum pro rata plus £2,323 per annum pro rata London Allowance.

Post duration

Fixed term appointment until 30th April 2014.


For an informal discussion of the post please contact Paul Vetch on 020 7848 1040, or via email at

Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number R6/AAV/322/13-JM. If you have any queries please contact your Recruitment Co-ordinator at

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