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December 2011: Lead Web Developer -- NOVA/WGBH

NOVA pioneered the science documentary series in the U.S. and remains the gold standard for engaging, accurate, and thought-provoking coverage, seen on TV by over 25 million people each month. Working with WGBH's Interactive department, NOVA has developed a cross-platform presence and reaches more than a million visitors monthly on its website.

Position Overview

NOVA Labs is a trailblazing initiative that will create an interactive experience for users to work with real-time scientific data and contribute to ongoing research for research institutions such as NASA. Think of it as a startup within a large and well-respected education icon in the community.

The Lead Developer will define and architect the NOVA Labs platform. Working with a small cross-functional team chosen to work on this project, the Lead Developer will:

  • Collaborate with the team in a fast-paced environment
  • Gather requirements from WGBH technical stakeholders
  • Write technical specifications and testing procedures
  • Interface with vendors and distributors
  • Write code


  • Skills and qualities required to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
  • More than 5 years of work experience solving problems for web-based environments
  • Advanced mastery of Internet technologies, including jQuery and the Django and Zend frameworks
  • Experience developing cross-platform HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience developing and implementing web-based APIs and working with cloud services (particularly Amazon)
  • Demonstrated ability and experience effectively communicating technical concepts to non-technical colleagues

Candidates should be prepared to share and discuss code samples. We are a Macintosh shop that creates web sites for users on many platforms and browsers.

This is a full-time position, starting in mid-January 2012, for a 52-week employment contract, with a high likelihood of renewal plus full benefits. No travel is required. We work hard but believe in work/life balance.

Come and exchange ideas with a smart and passionate team that produces one-third of PBS content and creates innovative public media. WGBH is centrally located in a bright, sunny building that includes open floor plans, with its own parking garage, cafeteria (the food is actually good!), health club access, and more.

Please submit your resume to: Alyssa_Mullen@wgbh.org and to the WGBH job site at http://www.wgbh.org/about/employmentOpportunities.cfm

NOVA Web Internship

NOVA Online (www.pbs.org/nova) is the award-winning companion Web site to the PBS science series NOVA, produced in Boston at WGBH.

Internship Description: NOVA Online interns assist the editorial staff of NOVA's Web site through content and photo research and general administrative support. In addition, the Web intern will have opportunities to screen forthcoming episodes of NOVA and participate in developing ideas and producing content for companion Web sites. He or she will also learn how to convert video, sound, and photographic material to digital media and clear the rights to use such material online. The NOVA Online intern is a welcome participant in weekly Web site editorial meetings.

Requirements: Strong writing skills and an enthusiasm for science, plus the ability to work 15-20 hours per week (hours are flexible). Please note that this is a content production internship; Skills in design applications and programming are not required. Internships are offered three times per year -- during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer.

Note: All interns must be currently enrolled in an academic course and able to receive academic credit for their internship.

Send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest in NOVA's Web site to nova@wgbh.org. Please put "NOVA Online Internship" in the subject line.

Please note that this job description is meant to be a generic description and represents the minimum job duties an individual will be required to perform. Individual departments will/can customize job descriptions and hours of work to meet their specific needs.

WGBH is an equal opportunity employer.


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