Immediate Opening: Web and mobile developer

WANTED: Web and mobile developer to help build accessibility solution serving individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

The Universal Design Lab and research group of Dr. Holly Lawson, Dr. Samuel Sennott (Education) and Dr. Christof Teuscher (MCECS), have an opening for a graduate research assistant position starting fall 2015. We are looking to connect with passionate students interested in Adaptive Learning, Educational Gaming and Accessibility.

The project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. Project Unified English Braille through a Powerful and Responsive eLearning Platform (UEB PREP) will design and develop an evidence-based Unified English Braille (UEB) eLearning platform to serve a target population of adult braille users, parents of children who are visually impaired, and professionals (trained and pre-service) who work with individuals who are blind and visually impaired.


  • Excellence in computer programming, particularly Ruby on Rails
  • Team player
  • Self starter
  • Highly motivated, responsible, independent, with outstanding work ethics
  • Excellent academic records
  • Graduate students currently enrolled at PSU

What you will do

  • Help build and design an accessible platform to teach people Braille
  • Integrate educational gaming and social networking
  • Develop web and mobile tools
  • Serve people with disabilities

What you get
A place to invent, design, create, investigate, support and advice, an unconventional lab environment, free coffee, a foosball table, a unique team, opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other fields, opportunity to learn about accessibility through serving individuals with disabilities. For more information, see

What we do
The Universal Design Lab (uLab) serves individuals with disabilities through combining good teaching with technology. Past work includes building a top iOS app serving individuals with speech disabilities that was featured on the front page of the NY Times, on 60 Minutes, and in the Wall Street Journal.

The mission of teuscher.:Lab is to study, rethink, model, and design the implementation of computations in living and non-living systems. An understanding of the phenomena provides a basis for better, smarter, and more robust computing paradigms, architectures, devices, algorithms, languages, and systems for applications such as embedded systems and biomolecular engineering. We are interested in bold, visionary, and transformational solutions to complex and critical problems needed for the medium- and long-term sustainability of the technological future of the computing disciplines. For more information, see

Follow the application instructions below and e-mail your documents to The position remains open until filled.

  • Your complete CV (or resume).
  • A letter of motivation describing why you are interested in this position and how you think you will contribute to the project.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two (or more) references that can provide recent and applicable feedback on your work capability.

Please do not hesitate to send an inquiry in case of questions.