Wanted: accessibility tester with low vision

, by Detlev Fischer

DIAS (based in Hamburg, Germany) is looking for a new team member for our project 'Team Usability'. In the project you will work with committed and experienced colleagues on the improvement of digital accessibility. The work includes testing the accessibility of websites and mobile apps on the basis of international accessibility guidelines (WCAG and EN 301 549). For this purpose, you will use our specially developed procedures and tools, such as WCAG/BITV test and a newly developed mobile app test. You will provide feedback to the development of testing procedures and work flows that take into account limitations related to your disability, and compensations of these limitations through your personal assistant (if required) and the broader team.

You can also take part in usability and accessibility tests that are organized together with our partners and contribute with your feedback to the removal of barriers.


The project 'Team Usability' investigates the cooperation of people with and without disabilities and aims to develop new methods for this purpose. We are looking for someone with a visual impairment who can still use his or her eyesight when working (with or without the help of screen magnifying software).

You should be interested in digital accessibility, in co-operative testing in a team, and have a technical interest in the web area. You will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the accessibility standards and requirements, and we will support you in this.

For a successful application you should have:

  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in, and knowledge of, digital accessibility (need not be perfect)
  • More than a cursory knowledge of HTML/CSS/JS
  • Good communication skills
  • Good knowledge of English and preferably a working knowledge of German
  • Good knowledge of Office applications
  • Curiosity and an interest in trying out novel ways of working together
  • The ability to reflect on your own experience and interactions in the team

What you can expect from us:

  • Pleasant work in an open, friendly and supportive team (based in 22765 Hamburg)
  • Exchange with accessibility experts, some of whom have been working in the area for many years
  • Part-time work between 50% and 75%
  • Flexible working hours (agree when to come in with other team members)
  • Some remote work is possible, but direct interaction with the team is required

Payment is broadly in line with TVÖD (German public sector pay). The position is limited until April 2022.

Please send digital applications to info@dias.de. Your contact for questions is Emanuel Helms (Tel: 040 / 43 18 75 15).

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