30 Apr 2014

Full-Time Senior Python Web Developer, CKAN

Open KnowledgeAnywhere

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Job Description

Working in the fast-growing area of open data, we build open source tools to drive transparency, accountability and re-use. Our flagship product CKAN runs the official national data portals from the UK to Brazil, US to Australia and many others. We also build data tools and OpenSpending browsers.

We’re looking for someone passionate about the technical challenges of building software that is used as the infrastructure for open data around the world, so come and join our growing team to shape the future of the open data ecosystem!

Key Skills

  • Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Python web frameworks (we use Pylons and Flask)
  • PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy
  • Self motivated, self-starter, able to manage your own time

Bonus points for

  • Open source projects/contributions
  • Front end skills, particularly in data-vis
  • You’ve written an app using open data before
  • Experience working in a distributed team

More about the Job

You will be working as part of a small, dynamic team in a modern, open-source development environment. This role is full-time and we are very happy with remote-working.We generally work remotely (with strong contingents in London and Berlin), using asynchronous communication (email, IRC, GitHub) but with standups, developer meetings and demos most days (Skype, Google Hangout) and real-world gatherings more than twice a year including at the Open Knowledge Festival. We also try and ensure our developers can attend at least one open source conference a year.

At each level of our software stack we use best-in-class open source software, including Python, Nose, Travis CI and Coveralls, Sphinx and Read the Docs, Flask, Jinja2, Solr, PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy, JavaScript and jQuery, Bootstrap, Git and Github, and Transifex.

We iterate quickly, and publish working, open-source code early and often.

All of our code is on github – it is open to public scrutiny, and we encourage contributions from third-party developers. This means that we have to write exceptionally clear, readable, well-tested code with excellent documentation.

All code contributions, whether from internal or external developers, are made with GitHub pull requests and we do code reviews in the open on GitHub.

We are engaged with a large and active community of users, developers and translators of our open source software, via our mailing lists,GitHub issues and pull requests, public developer meetings, Stack Overflow and Transifex. We support users in getting started with our software, encourage and mentor new developers, and take on feedback and suggestions for the next releases.

How to Apply

Email jobs@okfn.org, with the subject line “Python Developer — CKAN/Commercial”. Please include:

  • Your CV
  • A link to your GitHub (or similar) profile
  • [optional] Cover letter

Submission closing time is 5 p.m. on Friday 2nd May, 2014.

Job Categories: Engineering. Job Types: Full-Time.

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