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Student Job: Special Projects Assistant, Backend Developer

Student Job: Special Projects Assistant, Backend Developer


Published on July 29, 2019


Eligibility Requirements:

Rate: $14/hour

Hours: Up to 10 hours/week

Start and End date: Sept 4, 2019 – April 24, 2020

Application close date: Thursday August 28th@11:59pm

Applications are only accepted through the Career Centre. Go to and search for the posting with the JobID.


Under the direction of the Director, the Special Projects Assistant (SPA) will support Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR) research through the development of a new web application for using natural language processing in humanitarian response (see for details).

Basic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Code and test backend components compatible with in collaboration with a team of open source developers
  • Demonstrate flexibility by acquiring new skills and taking on new tasks
  • Work effectively on project teams using agile development practices
  • Create Python applications for extracting, transforming, and storing data from other APIs
  • May have access to highly confidential and sensitive documents (e.g. budgets). Attend all training sessions and meetings, unless in direct conflict with a class. Inform supervisors of any conflicts well in advance if attendance is not possible.
  • Stay in regular contact with supervisors and meet regularly to keep all parties informed.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Prior experience developing software in Python/Django
  • Development work with web applications and RESTful web services
  • Experience with iterative and test-driven development practice
  • Experience with Git and open source development would be a plus
  • Current undergraduate York student (we encourage applicants from diverse programs of study)
  • Experience and familiarity with York (Keele) campus life, policies, and procedures as they relate to Finance, Campus Services, Human Resource, Health and Safety etc.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills: professional email/phone correspondence, public speaking and presentation proficiency
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds/cultures
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database management, spreadsheets)
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take on initiative
  • Demonstrates organizational and time management skills
  • Students who are a good fit for this position are approachable, knowledgeable, and well organized. They will show ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team.



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