SNRG OPENING # 16012 Android Tablet Social Network App Developer

Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Additional Faculty
Kirk Dombrowksi
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Start Date
10/1/2016 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or via UCARE
Paid Rate
Hours Per Week
Acceptable Undergraduate Majors
Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Sociology, Psychology, Engineering, Art and Art History, Music, Business

We seek a junior researcher/programmer to develop a tablet app that will be used to map out social networks, including those of remote communities.  The project’s novel approach synthesizes data that subjects voluntarily provide on /potential/ relationships between /others/ in their community, rather than asking them about their /own/ relationships.  (Developing the software to analyze the acquired data is a separate project: SNRG project #16013).

 The project mentor will guide the student in building the app using industry APIs and following modern software design patterns, methodologies and architectures – all within a group context; the app could thus be a valuable “portfolio piece” for a student seeking to go into industry post their studies at UNL.  Once developed, the app will have immediate applicability to ongoing quantitative social science research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; the project thus also presents the opportunity to contribute to anticipated publications, of potential value to students seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications.

 Minimally, the applicant must have prior experience writing procedural and object-oriented programs in Java in the context of coursework or independent projects, and some exposure to Android programming.  The ideal candidate will a strong interest and/or experience with one or more of the following: Android software development, algorithms, data structures, graphics, UX design and testing, third-party APIs, writing social and mobile apps, and sociological research.

 Interested undergraduate students, please fill out application form at and send a resume and cover letter to Bilal Khan (

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