Web and data visualization developer, University grades 6 or 7, ~2-days a week or equivalent.

The Edinburgh PeaceTech initiative (Christine Bell, Larissa Pschetz, Benjamin Bach, Mark Mueller) is looking for a web developer and visualization designer to work on a website and interactive data visualizations (e.g., https://pax-vis.github.io/pax/) in the context of active conflicts and peace processes (project name “Voices of Peace”). This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration supported by a consortium of organisations, including the University of Edinburgh (School of Law, School of Informatics, and School of Design) London School of Economics, and Beyond Borders (Scottish NGO).

Goal is to create a public and international web presence to raise awareness about the conflict and ongoing peace processes in a particular conflict, to support inclusive, open, and informed peace process and agreements.

In the short term, the website will feature

  1. A form to enter metadata about documents, stored in a database. PDF document upload with storage.
  2. A timeline visualization showing relevant events related to the conflict and peace process.
  3. Comparative peace process data, in attractive visual forms
  4. A map showing information on the conflict (e.g., source ACLED: https://www.acleddata.com)
  5. Visualization of summaries from social media and other messages.
  6. Own ideas and other ideas coming up in meetings.

The developer/designer is required to have strong web development and design skills on a range of platforms, including good experience in D3.js and ideally map visualization software (e.g,. MapBox). Some understanding of development and peacebuilding issues would be an advantage.  This project is meant to start as soon as possible, with #1 being the most urgent.

There is much space for visualizations and designs and ideas can be developed together in a team including Dr Larissa Pschetz and Dr Benjamin Bach, and Dave Oulten (Web Team, College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh) and potentially others. 

The project runs from now until end of March, with weekly meetings taking place. Availability for full-time employment for a longer period beyond March is welcomed and will include more research later on if funding is approved.

The project is part of a longer term PeaceTech research project on visualizing peace (agreements) and the public impact, engagement, and education with data visualizations. It is associated with the Political Settlements Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org), its peace agreement database (www.peaceagreements.org), where more information about the wider peace and conflict work and data can be found.

The developer should be based in Edinburgh or to be available for meetings there even on short notice, and will be based at the School of Law and Informatics.  Access to own computer is ideal. 

  • Grade 6 payrate applies for enrolled PhD students,
  • Grade 7 payrate applies for other/freelance developers
  • Freelance possible, please ask.

An application should contain

  • A CV, as well as
  • A brief (~half page) application statement outlining interests and capacity for the job.

Please send everything to: bbach@inf.ed.ac.uk, ideally before Wednesday, February 12, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.   

Questions to bbach@inf.ed.ac.uk