Frontend Developer Knowledge Exploration

Role & Requirements

We are looking for another frontend developer to join our team building a next-gen knowledge exploration platform – an interactive, visually engaging system for exploring historical information by topic, time and space.

We use a modern web stack – TypeScript, React.js, CSS, Node.js, Postgres, GraphQL, AWS. Strong coding fluency is essential and good transferable experience if React isn’t your primary front-end framework. A particular flair for CSS and eye for UI details would be a great bonus, as would experience in developing mobile web apps.

There is a lot of emphasis on visual aesthetics and user experience, as well as technical best-practices and software engineering craftsmanship.
We are looking for people who embrace the full spectrum of product development and self-improvement.

Willingness to help drive new feature development, contribute ideas, and a motivation to solve novel problems, are all desirable characteristics.

Good communication and team-working skills are essential and an enthusiasm to share knowledge with the rest of the team.

We love a good demo!
Previous examples of work such as production sites, personal projects, open-source contributions, or video demos are great to see if possible.

Work & Benefits

  • A full-time role of 35 hours per week with flexible working hours
  • A hybrid work routine where most people work from home on Wednesday and Friday
  • 34 holidays per year (including public holidays taken at any time)
  • Competitive salary based on experience and a future opportunity to share in the success of the company
  • Nest pension scheme with 5% company contributions
  • Latest MacBook Pro (with external 4k screen in the office)
  • Individual annual budget for professional development like conference trips or training courses
  • Time and support for preparing and presenting at local meet-ups
  • A visit to the head office in Munich
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Secure bike storage and on site showers
  • Fruit and snacks plus a stocked fridge for social drinks
  • A very nice top floor office on the corner of St Andrew Square in the city centre. We have great views across Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth, and only two minutes walk from the bus, trams and Waverley station.

The team has a diverse mix of skills with backgrounds in literature, philosophy, medicine, maths, physics and computer science. As life-long learners we have a broad range of interests beyond our own specialisms.

We aim to foster an intellectually stimulating environment with an inclusive culture. We put emphasis on the craft of our work and sharing of knowledge within the team to ensure that we can all grow and improve together. We would love for you to contribute to that!

Interview Process

We start with a face-to-face chat to learn more about your experience, interests and topics that get you excited. It is a chance for you to see our fantastic office space, learn more about the company and get a secret demo of our main projects!

That is followed by a homework coding challenge to cover some core essentials.

Finally we get you back in the office for a 2hr technical interview, which is a pair programming exercise with one of the senior developers and observed by another. This aims to simulate a more realistic work process using a dedicated mini project.

We believe the interview process should be a positive experience regardless of the outcome.

If this interests you then email us and we can start a conversation.

About KPV LAB Edinburgh

Formed in late 2017, KPV LAB Edinburgh is part of the international KPV Group, which has its headquarters in Munich, Germany.

The Edinburgh team (currently 15 people) is a software studio building next-generation platforms and experiences to explore and visualise knowledge and information.

Our products have a particular focus on managing data in time and space and encompass the fields of history, literature, science, music and business intelligence.

Our drive is to create new ways to explore and interact with knowledge that reveal meaningful insights and experiences.

We are in the privileged position of having full control over the implementation, direction and timing of our projects thanks to solid long-term backing.

This is a unique opportunity to work on a very novel and innovative project within a company that wants to do it right, without unnecessary compromise!