Volunteer Opportunities

Aphantasia Network is on a mission to shape a new, global conversation. We’re creating a place to discover and learn about aphantasia, and build a bridge between new scientific discoveries and our unique human experience — to uncover new insight into how we think, create, and dream with blind imagination.

Web Developer

Est. number of weekly hours: 5

Role Description

We are looking for developers (aphantasic?) who are passionate to bring ideas to life through smart and efficient code. The website you're reading this on needs a few major upgrades to meet the needs of our global aphantasic community. Qualified individuals will have the ability to translate wireframes and designs into clean and compliant web code. Familiarity with WordPress custom theming and plugin creation is an asset, along with the ability to hang with the team (you know, communicate and be an all-around pleasant person). Individuals should have an overall interest in keeping pace with the latest technologies. Applicants should have a strong sense of design details as well as the ability to translate them to be cross-browser compatible. If WordPress isn't your thing, we have a few projects in the works leveraging NextJS, React, D3, and other modern tech-stacks that will bring new tools to the aphantasic community. If you have development skills and you want to help, send us your application!

Responsibilities

  • HTML, CSS, and JS - (because it’s a web developer position after all)
  • Strong understanding of WordPress (Core, custom theming and plugins)
  • General PHP, MySQL and responsive techniques
  • Experience in Git, Gulp and SCSS
  • Conducting website performance tests
  • Troubleshooting content issues

Education Requirements

  • No Education Requirements
  • How to apply

    Send a copy of your resume or LinkedIn along with a sample project you've worked on to [email protected]

    Science Journalist

    Est. number of weekly hours: 5

    Role Description

    Imagination is the ability to move between what is and what could be, and usually involves creating multi-sensory mental representations of things, people or sometimes entire worlds inside our mind. Until recently [2015], it was generally believed that everyone could mentally time travel between past memories or images of the future in their imagination. Mental imagery was thought to be a ubiquitous part of the human experience.Recent breakthroughs in cognitive science, however, have revealed the stupendously vast universe that makes up our internal worlds. Mental imagery exists on a spectrum ranging from aphantasia (no mental imagery) to hyperphantasia (extremely vivid imagery).

    Since the coining of “aphantasia” “hyperphantasia,” research interest into “the extremes” has grown considerably. Dr. Zeman's scientific paper “Congenital Aphantasia” now ranks within the top 5% of all research interests on Altmetric.Our mission at the Aphantasia Network is to seed public interest, share new discoveries, and assemble science-backed strategies to better understand and exercise our imagination, regardless of where we might fall on the Imagination Spectrum.

    As a science journalist, it will be your aim to transcribe dense, detailed, jargon-laden information into compelling, comprehensible articles without diminishing the accuracy of data. To help humanize scientific discoveries by weaving it with real-life stories and the experiences of people who live with aphantasia and hyperphantasia. To reflect the values of the Aphantasia Network in helping shape the public dialogue, spotlight promising discoveries, and develop the thought leadership of the Network.
    “Science values detail, precision, the impersonal, the technical, the lasting, facts, numbers and being right. Journalism values brevity, approximation, the personal, the colloquial, the immediate, stories, words and being right now. There are going to be tensions.”
    — Quentin Cooper, of BBC Radio 4's Material World

    Responsibilities

    • Reading and researching literature and media, e.g. scientific papers, journals, news articles, and internet resources that examine mental imagery, aphantasia or hyperphantasia
    • Critically assess the available information on the topic and provide objective analysis of findings, possible limitations within studies, and gaps in our current understanding
    • Sourcing stories on the unique human experience and conducting interviews with aphantasics and hyperphantasics whose stories compliment scientific findings
    • Attending conference calls with team members to plan and produce unique content
    • Producing articles for publishing on aphantasia.com according to the agreed-upon style
    • Reviewing and amending work in response to editor feedback

    Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • How to apply

    Send your resume and a writing sample to [email protected]

    Aphantasia Network LTD. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity (and neurodiversity!) and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all volunteers and employees.

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