UI Developer – Altmetric
Digital Science | London
We’re looking for a UI developer to join our team.
Altmetric analyses the online activity around scholarly content to measure the broader impact of science and research. We deliver and support products such as the Altmetric details pages, Altmetric Explorer and the Altmetric badges. Our customers include institutions across Europe, North America and Australia and scholarly publishers such as Springer Nature, Wiley, Taylor & Francis and MIT Press.
We develop software in a friendly and flexible working environment, processing hundreds of thousands of scholarly mentions and serving over 22 million API requests every day.
We’re currently based at Kings Place, in Kings Cross. As a portfolio company of Digital Science & Research Solutions Ltd, we share our office with other scientific start-ups including Figshare, Overleaf & Symplectic.
You’ll need production experience with:
- Designing and implementing user-facing web applications;
- Familiarity with Ruby and the Ruby on Rails framework;
- Automated testing (preferably in concert with test- or behaviour-driven development);
- Familiarity with distributed version control (especially Git)
You will be part of a team responsible for the development and maintenance of the user-facing components of Altmetric’s products such as the Altmetric Explorer and badges. Using best practices, you will continuously deliver our products to customers around the globe and shape our engineering culture. You will help steer the direction of our front-end technology stack for future growth, and help maintain consistent standards of all user-facing work.
Examples of our recent projects include:
Designing a compelling visualisation to display a huge dataset for customers to spot trends;
Launching version 2 of Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, which relies heavily on React and ES6;
Creating our Top 100 with each year adding new functionality and flare
Our development team is divided into multidisciplinary product teams, each empowered to deploy to our infrastructure multiple times a day. We hold weekly “gatherings” across the whole development team to keep everyone informed and to discuss any bigger issues that affect multiple project teams.
Teams typically work in two week iterations, seeking feedback early and often so that we can respond to change quickly. At the end of every iteration, we hold reviews and retrospectives so that we can share completed work and discuss changes to our way of working.
Life at Altmetric
As a company, work-life balance is very important to us: we have flexible working hours and our teams are setup to enable people to regularly work from home.
In order to create time for personal development, we hold “hack afternoons” every two weeks for team members to explore new topics and technologies and work with people outside their usual product team.
We offer a competitive market rate salary and all members of the team are provided with a MacBook Pro (we are happy to discuss your requirements before you join) and have an annual training & conference budget including international travel. We are users of open source software and we support this in any way we can. We also offer company benefits such as a personal pension plan, life assurance cover, childcare vouchers, private medical insurance and a travel or bike loan.
If this role interests you, please apply using our form here.