Looking for User experience and full stack open source software developer

This is a ground floor opportunity for the right developer to make an immediate and significant impact on the technology that will drive open democracy and participation for the next decade and beyond.

D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. The project will run from 2013 to 2016. www.dcentproject.eu

We’re now looking for

User experience and full stack open source software developer

As Senior User Experience Developer for D-CENT, you will be developing the democracy tools’ front end in co-operation with the back-end development team, designers and users. You will have continuous releases, and continuous feedback from pilot user groups in Helsinki, Barcelona and Reykjavik. There will be continuous support and coaching from the D-CENT Partners, including W3C working groups for Social media and Crypto. For more partners, see: dcentproject.eu/about-us/partners.

Job Responsibilities

– You will work with the design and UX project members to build sophisticated user experiences.
– You will work with and produce 100% open-source code using modern web technologies.
– You will have significant responsibility for defining how to implement solutions.
– You will work with backend team to establish common APIs for services.
– You will do peer code review.
– You need to be comfortable in a fast paced startup-spirited environment where we’ll be learning and iterating on the product.


– Experience building robust scalable and performant web applications
– Javascript frontend experience
– Experience with full stack web application development with REST APIs
– Experience with CSS and HTML5
– Available to work in Helsinki

Extra Credit

– Experience and understanding on Open Data http://opendefinition.org
– Experience on e-democracy, Social media and/or participation services
– Python
– Node.js
– RESTful JSON API authoring and consumption
– PostgreSQL, Mongo
– Ruby
– Scrum, agile development
– Lean methodologies and/or Continuous Integration and/or Delivery

We offer

– Independent job description and versatile work
– Possibility to develop innovative web and mobile services at international scale
– Inspiring work community, team and partners in a central location
– Excellent employment benefits and occupational health services

You will be recruited by Forum Virium Helsinki. You will be working tightly with Open Knowledge Foundation design team and back-end development team in Helsinki and Buenos Aires.

The position is fixed term for 12 months. Send your application, including link to code samples, to jobs(at)okf.fi by 22.9.2014.

Further questions to D-CENT Product Manager Jaakko Korhonen, +358 50 328 5285.


About D-CENT project:
D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Together with the citizens and developers, we are creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making. D-CENT has a strong international consortium with nine partners from seven European countries. The Finnish participants are Open ministry and Forum Virium Helsinki.

About Forum Virium Helsinki:
Forum Virium Helsinki is an innovation unit within the Helsinki City Group. It develops new digital services and urban innovations in cooperation with companies, the City of Helsinki, other public sector organizations, and Helsinki residents. The aim is to create better services and new business, plus to open up contacts for international markets.

About Open Knowledge Finland:
Open Knowledge Finland (ry.) is the local chapter of a wide network of people and projects related to open knowledge. Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. We are a leader in this field nationally and internationally. We’re also a collaborative effort, made up of open data and open knowledge enthusiasts. The Foundation’s activities are organized around local working groups and collaborative projects. Each of these initiatives has a different focus, but all are united by a common set of concerns and traditions related to the widespread sharing of data and knowledge across borders.One of our major functions is acting as a hub for work on open knowledge, drawing together representatives from across the knowledge society – from academics, public servants and entrepreneurs to data experts, archivists and web developers.

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