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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

The University of Cambridge's flagship Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) outreach programme is looking for a Web Developer to support, maintain and extend its family of websites. This is an exciting opportunity to work on our highly externally visible websites, currently attracting around 30 million pageviews a year, and help make a difference in engaging schools and the public worldwide with mathematics.

The MMP is a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. It is located in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) within the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and is active nationally and internationally. Our focus is on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, developing problem-solving skills, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths.

DAMTP currently hosts approximately 140 Academic and Research Staff and around 160 PhD students at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The MMP consists of a small dedicated team working on different complementary programmes, and currently employs 11 people, with occasional external contributors too. The post is one of two technical specialists within the overall project team, with the other technical post focusing on client-side interactive web application development for the NRICH website, and remaining team members responsible for content development. The Web Developer role is critical to the successful delivery of MMP's aims, enabling us to reach and engage with our wide remit of stakeholders.

In conjunction with the MMP leadership team, the Web Developer takes technical responsibility for the family of websites created and run by the project. These online activities sit within the maths.org domain, including our very successful NRICH (nrich.maths.org), Plus (plus.maths.org) and STEP Support Programme (maths.org/step) sites, and reach a diverse worldwide audience including school students, teachers, potential university applicants, and interested non-specialist members of the public.

The role holder has responsibility for supporting and maintaining the project websites, including identifying, suggesting and developing technical solutions to the needs of users and the content development teams. The successful candidate will have a proactive and creative approach to identifying and implementing solutions to technical needs and challenges.

An essential part of the role is the ability to explain issues and potential development options to non-technical staff within the project team. The role holder will need to discuss ideas and requirements with content development colleagues and mutually identify what goals and outputs are needed to inform the development of the sites. The role holder works closely with the project staff developing content for each of the different websites, and also liaises with the Faculty of Mathematics IT team to resolve and communicate technical issues and server hosting/infrastructure queries and issues. While the role involves considerable individual work, good communication skills and the ability to work well with others are also essential.

The successful candidate will have experience in PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, GIT version control, Drupal (installing/customising/maintaining) and of stakeholder engagement via web-technologies. An interest in outreach, public engagement or widening participation would be desirable.

The post is full-time, but we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible, part-time working arrangements.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for one year in the first instance, and the post may, subject to the availability of funding, be further renewed for a period or periods.

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You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position. The full contacts for two professional referees should be included; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting LE34834@maths.cam.ac.uk

Interviews are expected to be held in the week beginning 27 February 2023.

Please quote reference LE34834 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Closing date

Feb 8th 2023

Reference number

LE34834

Salary

£32,348-£42,155

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