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Front-End Software Developer

We are looking for a front-end software developer to join our Lab (Modi Research Group at the Earth Institute, Columbia University). We make software to make development process smarter and to bring new services (health and energy) to people that need them most (primary focus on Africa and India).

The tools we build incorporate geospatial planning, open-data webservices, mobile phone-based data collection and service delivery, and management dashboards used by governments. We are primarily a Javascript and Python shop but looking primarily for people with a good software engineering foundation and a keen design sense, along with desire to tackle challenging global problems with code and design. Your particular role will be focused around building clean and easy-to-use web interfaces using Javascript, CSS, and HTML, and integrating them with our back-end python and REST interfaces, but there is a fair bit of design and tool flexibility available.

You will get to work with a dynamic team in New York, and travel to field sites in Africa and India to develop and implement solutions with clients on the ground. This is critical to our process as we do agile development heavily based on iterative user feedback.

Some projects we´re currently engaged on include: – A mobile data collection community that is opening up the tools of data collection rapidly. – A pre-paid solar energy solution being deployed in rural Africa. Assisting the government of Nigeria to map all their clinics, schools and waterpoints (30,000+ and counting!) – An SMS based approach for improving child and maternal health Network Planner – Spatial planning software used for infrastructure (electrification) planning. Currently, being used by countries across Africa. Facility-based version viewable at

All of these projects are open source; if you want to dig around the code, most of it is at

How to apply

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 If you are a graphic / visual designer or more of a back-end engineer, and the lab sounds interesting to you anyway, send a resume to pp2427 AT columbia DOT edu

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