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JavaScript developer for web based research platform (PhD Position)

About the Company

Scicovery GmbH, is a startup company founded by former PhD students from the University of Osnabrueck. We are the creators of Labvanced (, which is one of the most advanced internet platforms for online research (web-based experiments). Labvanced offers researchers the possibility to create, share and record complex online experiments using an easy to use graphical interface. On top of this, we offer brand new features using latest web technologies, such as webcam based eyetracking, audio recordings, real time interaction for multiple participants. Labvanced is now used by many research institutes world-wide. Having a strong research background ourselves, we are still in strong interaction with several of these researchers. In doing so, we are both able to improve the experience of our platform based on professional academic feedback, but we also commonly apply for grants on a regular basis. As a result, the tendered position is funded by a Marie Curie grant, in which we participate together with more than 10 top international Universities.

About the Job

This exciting job offer combines web development, scientific research and interaction with several other research groups, data analysis, and the experience of working in a startup environment. Funding is provided by the EU’s Marie Curie (Horizon 2020) program for 3 years with a full time contract. This position is tendered in collaboration with the Neurobiopsychology lab of the University of Osnabrueck (Germany).

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of at least one higher level programming language (e.g. Javascript, Python, Java).

  • Some experience with data structures and object-oriented programming.

  • Some experience with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.

  • Interest in creating, conducting, and analyzing behavioral experiments.

  • Be able to work independently in an organized and reliable manner.

  • Experience with git workflows.

  • English (Intermediate level or above) is required, both verbal and in writing.

Bonus Points:

  • Interest to work in a startup environment.

  • Familiarity with Node.js. and/or databases (e.g. PostgreSQL).

  • Proficient understanding of cross-browser and cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Android) compatibility issues.

  • Experience with experimental designs and data analysis

  • Be confident and able to present research results and our company to the scientific community.

  • Interest to create online assessment tools for stroke and PD patients.

  • Interest to work in marketing or design related tasks.

  • Interested in community management and supporting other researchers on our platform.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and improve features on the Labvanced platform.

  • Implement a test battery / online assessment capabilities for stroke and PD patients to assess affected cognitive capacities.

  • Monitoring during the data acquisition process and support for longitudinal studies on mobile systems.

  • Collaborate with scientific partners of the Marie Curie consortium for the validation of the test battery and for the data analysis.

  • Analyze the recorded behavioral data in a professional scientific way.

  • Write up concise and meaningful summaries / presentations as well as prepare documents for peer-reviewed publications.

What we offer:

  • Obtain a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Osnabrueck while working in an IT-startup!

  • Opportunities for both local and international travel and present your work at several conferences and workshops.

  • Flexibility in self organising your working hours and location.

  • Work in close collaboration with the interdisciplinary Neurobiopsychology group of Peter König at the University of Osnabrück (see

  • Competitive salary with (full-time) employment for up to 3 years.

Interested candidates please send your CV to: