FW: IMAGE / McGill Team Need Developer

Ned Zimmerman nzimmerman at ocadu.ca
Thu Jul 15 19:52:41 UTC 2021

Hi all,

Please see below— There’s an accessibility project at McGill looking for a developer (this was shared with me by Heather Walkus who’s chair of the steering committee for Accessibility in Action). If anyone knows of someone who might be a good fit for this feel free to pass this on to them.

Ned Zimmerman (he/him)
Senior Inclusive Developer
Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

From: Heather D Walkus <ashnolahorses at icloud.com>
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM
To: Ned Zimmerman <nzimmerman at ocadu.ca>
Subject: Fwd: IMAGE / McGill Team Need Developer
Hi Ned
This came across my desk this morning and wondered if you had a network to send it through.

Begin forwarded message:

Hi all,
The second developer recruited for the IMAGE Project has been recruited by another group. Jeremy has posted the job posting below. He agrees it would be great if a blind developer or someone already familiar with creating accessible platforms were available would be great.
If you know of anyone who fits the job post below, please share:

Job opportunity: Web developer with the Shared Reality Lab

Seeking a skilled web developer to join the IMAGE project (image.a11y.mcgill.ca<https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimage.a11y.mcgill.ca%2F&data=04%7C01%7Cnzimmerman%40ocadu.ca%7Cd4b8e7c2d0644d77c43708d947c2d4dd%7C06e469d12d2a468fae9b7df0968eb6d7%7C0%7C0%7C637619724386317734%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=e4RBmCqhE8W7%2F8xUG1aLpXKRi%2BLGrN0AFYuFe74V5nY%3D&reserved=0>) creating software and hardware tools for people who are blind or visually impaired, as part of a funded grant running through mid-2022. The main project goal is to improve web accessibility by creating a multimodal audio and haptic system that represents web graphics, including tables, charts, and maps.  To support this goal, the developer will design and implement both a server and a browser plug-in which will connect the output of various machine learning tools to a rendering layer for audio and/or haptic effects. The browser plugin will provide real-time dynamic overlay of the website contents, taking non-accessible images and replacing these with an accessible interface with description provided by our server. The project will be open-sourced and ideally have a fully modular API for others to expand on and develop.  As such, strong knowledge and experience with software architectures is imperatives. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record, demonstrating relevant development skills to the project.

Preferred skills:
- Docker experience
- Full stack development experience
- Experience building REST APIs with Node.js
- Knowledge of building and deploying browser plugins
- Open source experience and contributions
- Experience integrating ML pipelines with a server
- Experience deploying to AWS server
- Application security measures
- Modern JavaScript including ES6 features, scope, closures, inheritance, and asynchrony

To apply, please submit the following to <srl-jobs at cim.mcgill.ca><mailto:srl-jobs at cim.mcgill.ca>
1.    A brief letter of application, describing your qualifications and relevant experience to the position of interest, along with your dates of availability.
2.    Detailed CV with links to online papers and/or project portfolios.
3.    List of three references.

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