by Jo Brodie
This is a post for anyone who supports people in thinking about career options in computer science.
The TechDevJobs repository
I’ve created the TechDevJobs / “Jobs in Computer Science and related tech jobs” repository (a WordPress website) which is free to use. The jobs listed include obviously techy jobs (programmers, software development) as well as the more general ‘jobs involving computers’.
It has two functions (i) to advertise a range of jobs in computer science and (ii) to ‘trap’ closed job adverts and job descriptions for people to browse later at their leisure. The second is actually its main function – to let people see what types of jobs are available, and what their requirements are, beyond the short life of an open job advert.
When a job is advertised there’s a ~month-long application window after which the job ad and accompanying documents generally disappear. Someone might not be quite ready to apply for that role (yet), but a copy of the job description (JD) and person specification (PS) might be useful to them for future planning. A collection of JDs and PSs could help people get an idea of the range of jobs available, the skills needed and the levels of seniority and salaries.
I hope that the repository might also be useful for computing teachers and careers advisors (the job ads are stored on the site so can be downloaded even if the ad has closed).
The list, of about 35 job adverts and descriptions, which are archiced on the site, is below.
Note: The site is not intended as a first port of call for active jobseekers in computing, for which there are much better places (e.g. Gov.UK’s Find A Job). It’s more of a bookmarking site, where only a small proportion of the jobs would be currently active. See also ‘Further reading’ at the end of this post.
The existence of the TechDevJobs site arose from my long-term hobby of doing the exact same for jobs in science communication, and from reading the Shadbolt Review (2016) which suggested that university graduates in particular were not confident about the range of jobs available. Possibly they are now and this site is actually redundant, but I’m not aware of a collection of ‘dead’ job adverts and I think such a thing has utility.
The next plan for this site is to add a list of employers’ vacancies pages, which could be more of a Magnum Opus given the sheer number of possibilities! Incidentally I’m also a firm believer in “website•co•uk/jobs” being the generic redirect to wherever an organisation hides* its vacancies page.
*On some websites you might have to search for any of these to uncover it: work for us, work with us, working at…, careers, opportunities, vacancies, jobs, recruitment etc.
List of jobs archived on the site
- [CLOSED] Job, Oxford: DataLab Uni of Oxf, Software devs x2 (Python & Frontend/UI), £41.5-54.1k, CLOSED 11 Jan 2021
- [Job] London: Asthma UK, Health Data Analyst, £35-37k, clos 22 August 2022
- [Job] London: Imperial College, RA (Software Engineer), £36.9-49.2k, clos 10 August 2022
- [Job] London/Gravesend: Port of London Authority, Analyst, £37.6k, clos 12 August 2022
- [Job] London, Full Stack Engineer (FinOps), £140k, clos 5 August 2022
- [Job, 4mo contract] London or Glasgow: Morgan Hunt, Full Stack Developer, £500-600 per day
- [Job] Goonhilly(GES Ltd), Cornwall, IT Systems Administrator, £31.5-42k, clos 22 July 2022
- [Job] QMUL, Data Scientist & Science Communicator, £38.6-45.4k, clos 27 Apr 2022
- [Job] London – Kew, Research Fellowship – Spatial Analysis, £35k, clos 1 Aug 2021
- [CLOSED] The FT, Data Journalist, London – closed 13 July 2021, £ salary not given
- Job, closed: University of Sussex, Lecturer in Computer Science & AI, £33.7-40.3k (Grade 7) or £41.5-49.5k (Grade 8), closed 8 July 2021
- Job, Netherlands, University of Twente, Software Dev in Digital Species identification, €4.402 per month, position open until candidate found
- Job, London, Brunel Uni, Lecturer (x2) in Computer Science, £38-49.5k, clos 16 July 2021
- [CLOSED] Paris, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Post-doc: acoustic classification and biodiversity monitoring
- [CLOSED] Job (London) QMUL – IT Officer (Science & Engineering), £38-41.2k, closed today 30 June 2021
- Job (Cambridge), Uni of Cambridge, Risk Tool Developer (Full Stack), £30.9-40.3k, clos 21 June 2021
- Job (London), QMUL: Lecturer in Big Data Processing (Teaching and Research) – QMUL21659, £42.3-53.8k, clos 20 April 2021
- Job (London), QMUL: Research Assistant *OR* Postdoctoral Research Assistant – QMUL23896, £31.6-33.3k OR £34.2-40.1k, clos 25 April 2021
- Job (London), QMUL: Lecturer in Computer Science (Teaching and Research) – QMUL21656, £42.3-53.8k, clos 25 April 2021
- Job: Kent (Gravesend), Port of London Auth, IT Infrastructure Mgr, £59.4k
- Job: London (Stratford): Cancer Research UK, Snr Software Engineer, £50-60k, clos 17 Jan 2021
- [Job/ CLOSED] Royal Pharmaceutical Society, .Net Software Developer, £?, clos 1 Dec 2020
- [Job, Hampshire / home] Brain Tumour Charity, Data Scientist, ~£30k, clos 30 Nov
- [Job, Hampshire / home] Brain Tumour Charity, Head of Data Science, ~£50k, clos 30 Nov
- [Job, London] Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, Interim Head of Data & Analytics, 7mo, £70-80k, clos Jan 2021
- We are Tilt, Full Stack Developer, £30-£38K, clos 30 October 2020
- Java Developer – Electronic Trading, £700-750 per day, clos 9 Oct 2020
- Ruby on Rails developer (x2), £60-65k, clos 6 Nov 2020
- [Job] Kew Gardens, Lead Bioinformatician, £38.2-45.4k, clos 16 Sep 2020
- [Job] Restart Project, Freelance web developer / operations
- [Job, Cambridge] Raspberry Pi, Astro Pi Prog Mgr – #ISS, £35-40k, clos 31 May
- [Job, London] Newton Prep, Head of Digital Learning
- [Job, London] QMUL, Barts Cancer Inst, Snr Research Applic’n Programmer
- [Job, Cambridge] Raspberry Pi Foundation, Director of Informal Learning
- [Job, Leeds] BAE Systems, Software Engineer (Java) (68707)
- [Job, Exeter / London] Rokkmedia, Sysadmin/DevOps Engineer
- [Job, London] Factmata, Lead Data Engineer, £75-85k
- [Job, London] Factmata, Lead Software Engineer, £50-60k
- What can I do with my degree in computer science? (Prospect.ac.uk)
- An example of apprenticeships in computing / IT (Indeed.com)
- IT Careers (BCS) – includes ‘Get into tech – how to build a career in IT’, ‘Apprenticeships‘, ‘CPD’ and examples of career pathways: Business Analysis and Software Testing.
Also from the BCS is a look at how people can make an impact with their career in tech. The page ‘repurposes’ job titles to reflect wider themes, such as fixers, finders, problem-solvers, planet protectors, sharers, fun-makers, life-savers etc.