Student Services Software Developer

Imperial College London

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student Services core team at Imperial as our part-time Software Developer. Sitting within the Directorate of Academic Services, Student Services comprises a number of specialist teams including the Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice, Disability Advisory Service, Careers Service and Chaplaincy.  We also manage a system of support within halls of residence that relies on eHalls – a web app that facilitates administrative functions within halls.

The purpose of this role is to lead on the development of a new system to replace the outdated eHalls system that meets the needs of hall support teams and student residents. During development, the role holder will be responsible for technical maintenance for the current system, responding to bug reports and implementing minor improvement requests. Creating comprehensive documentation and training materials will be a crucial part of this role, alongside providing expert technical guidance to other Student Services projects.

Duties and responsibilities

You will work collaboratively with hall warden teams and ICT staff to develop a new systems solution for administration within halls, which may operate within the current eHalls system or be entirely new. You will take the lead on all steps of development from capturing user requirements, user interface design, to crafting full technical solutions. You will ensure the system conforms to modern development practices and create comprehensive documentation.

During development of a new system, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the current eHalls system to maintain day-to-day administration within Halls of Residence. This includes bug fixes and minor improvement requests from halls staff.

You will additionally provide support to Student Services for other process and systems creation and improvement. You will create appropriate documentation and user guides for current and new systems, and support colleagues on training needs.

Essential requirements

We are seeking someone with demonstrable previous experience of web development who is comfortable using a variety of front-end programming languages and frameworks, including PHP as a minimum, with a high level of attention to detail. You will have experience in MySQL database management, and be well-versed in using Linux OS and command line tools. You will be up to date with best practice in development, and experienced with development/version tooling.

You will be an effective communicator, both verbally and written, and be able to work collaboratively to design solutions appropriate for multiple stakeholders. You will be able to work independently with minimal supervision and organise competing priorities in an iterative development environment.

Knowledge of General Data Protection Regulations is essential and knowledge of support services for students in Higher Education is desirable.    

Further information

Full details of this role can be found in the Job Description.

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) role offered as a 2-year fixed term contract in the first instance with potential for extension depending on need. This role will be based at the South Kensington Campus and eligible for hybrid working. The part-time working pattern will be flexible and discussed after an offer made.

We offer a plethora of staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and pension schemes, which you can find out more about on our Benefits page .

Candidates will need to apply via our online application system. We expect a supporting statement which would explain, in about 2 sides of A4, how your qualifications, skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.

For further queries about this post, please contact Shervin Sabeghi ([email protected] ).

The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023.  Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite.  The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.


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