Software EngineerGlobal Disinformation Index

Londo 24-11-2023
Life at GDI - Creating a world free of disinformation and its harms.

Disinformation has become a business. Today’s internet business models reward engagement above all else. These models monetise attention without considering the quality of the content garnering that attention, or the harm that may result. There is a robust and growing community of industry, policy, and civil society advocates pressing for reform of this ecosystem, they all need data to inform their actions.

The Global Disinformation Index was born out of this need for data, specifically the need for transparent, independent neutral disinformation risk ratings across the open web. Thus, GDI was established in 2018 as a not-for-profit entity built on the three pillars of neutrality, independence and transparency.

At GDI, you’ll be surrounded by people who want to improve everything and support everyone around them. Our team are passionate about our mission, experts in their fields and are collaborative problem solvers.

We continually strive to model the following behaviours in our interactions with others:
- Positivity: Problem solver, not problem raiser.
- Responsibility: Make it your problem - if it’s not right, fix it.
- Trustworthy: Make sure others can depend on you - If you say you are going to do it, do it.
- Respect: treat everyone, especially those with whom we disagree, with courtesy and respect.

The Role

GDI is seeking a Software Engineer to join our team and work with our data science and data engineering teams to make internal and external UI tools. 

Software Engineer responsibilities include providing support to existing software applications and creating new applications that will facilitate data tagging with our internal intel analyst team and external partners. This position will be instrumental in making tools to empower our data science team to innovate with machine learning through our active learning system.

Main Responsibilities

    • Work with internal teams to find solutions to bugs and application workflows.
    • Optimise applications by integrating new technologies and performing upgrades.
    • Build and expand test suites and debugging procedures while improving code and re-designing application function and look.
    • Interest in design and creating UIs that streamline analyst and data tagging needs.
    • Document development processes, procedures and application version histories.
    • Keep up with advancements in application engineering and new technologies.

Essential Experience and Qualifications

    • Experienced and competent with Python and AWS.
    • Knowledge of web based UI design and development.
    • A strong understanding of SQL, relational databases and data warehouses.
    • Experience with web development frameworks, especially Django.
    • Value integration and unit testing in your software development process.
    • Extensive experience in deploying, optimising and maintaining software.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
    • Superb collaboration and communication.
    • Great organisation and time management.
    • Experience understanding and articulating the impact of technology on individuals and communities worldwide and driving effective solutions.
    • Fluent in English (written and spoken). Additional languages desirable.
    • Commitment to GDI’s mission, vision, and  values, including gender equity and racial justice.

Desirable Experience and Qualifications

    • Experience with Javascript.
    • Experience with, and desire to, work in a virtual team.
    • Professional fluency in other languages in addition to English.

Useful Information

    • LOCATION: Remote working. Candidates based in the UK, Germany or the USA (ideally in New York, Texas or Washington, D.C.) are preferred.
    • REPORTING TO: CTO (Based in Texas)
    • HOURS & TERMS: Working hours are flexible. This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). As a global organisation, some flexibility for cross-time zone communication to be available for limited virtual meetings outside of office hours is required. Competitive salary benchmarked to and based on location.
A place to be your authentic self

We are virtual by design to access a rich diversity of skills, expertise, experiences, and perspectives. Our commitment to neutrality is unwavering – across all of our work around the globe. Our employees are central to our mission and to our impact and we know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex challenges.

Applications are now closed