Adler Planetarium & Zooniverse: Front end developer (JS) – Adler Planetarium

Posted by | May 11, 2012 | Web Professional Jobs Blog


Location: Chicago, IL


Front end developer for Zooniverse @ Adler Planetarium, Chicago
The Zooniverse ( began in 2007 with a project called Galaxy Zoo ( in which members of the public were invited to help astronomers classify galaxy images by their shape. Four years later we have 10 projects and more than 650,000 ‘citizen scientists’ helping us do real research on the web.
Our projects are varied; ranging from transcribing old weather records ( to tracking solar flares coming off the surface of the Sun ( Your work will be used by millions of people and you’ll be collaborating with organisations including TED, Microsoft Research and SETI.
The role
We’re looking for a developer with significant frontend (Javascript) experience. Ideally using some of the modern Javascript frameworks such as Spine or Backbone. A good working knowledge of how to integrate Javascript applications with remote web services is also highly desirable as is a good understanding of object oriented programming. Ideally you’ll have experience of the full life-cycle of software development and will have an opinion on your favourite testing framework. You should also know how to write clean, well-structured code you should also be able to write standards-compliant HTML and CSS.
The office & team
We’re based out of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago ( and have some of the best views of the city around. You’ll be working in a team of 8 in a relaxed environment and collaborating with a remote team in Oxford, UK. You get to choose your tools (e.g. Mac or PC) and the software that you use, there’s also an opportunity for travel if you want it.
If you’re dreams are filled by IPO or VC funding then this probably isn’t the job for you but if you like science and fancy working with some smart people on some genuinely interesting problems then get in touch.
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