The Stanford University
Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR) is seeking
an innovative, experienced, team-oriented software developer to
build sophisticated, sustainable, and generalizable tools and
infrastructure in order to support interdisciplinary digital
research in the computational social sciences and digital
humanities at Stanford and beyond. Regular tasks will include
programming, analyzing, designing, developing, implementing,
modifying, and maintaining computer programs in systems of
moderate size and complexity or segments of larger systems.
The CIDR Developer will
join a distinguished and widely-recognized team of software
developers and academic technologists with combined decades of
expertise in the computational social sciences and digital
humanities. Its activities support research and teaching in these
fields for the Stanford community. CIDR collaborates both with
individual faculty and with centers and departments engaged in
digital research, such as the Center for Spatial and Textual
Analysis (CESTA, incorporating the Spatial History Project, the
Literary Lab, and Humanities+Design); the Institute for Research
in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); the Stanford Humanities Center;
and the Center for Computational Social Sciences. CIDR is also a
hub for collaboration and communication among social science and
digital humanities scholars, library curators, and professional
developers, promoting a sense of shared purpose in support of the
Stanford mission of research and teaching.
The successful candidate
will be a skilled software developer with a deep understanding of
scholarship in the computational social sciences or the
humanities. S/he will consult and collaborate with faculty on
scholarly projects to identify technical approaches, processes and
tools; evaluate and integrate existing software tools; and design
and implement new solutions. That candidate should have both a
broad and deep understanding of current the state of the art in
the computational social sciences or the digital humanities, as
well as experience developing software for one or more of these
domains: information visualization; statistical and textual
analysis; natural language processing; event modeling; large
dataset management and transformation; digital content creation,
storage, and discovery; geospatial analysis; high performance
computing concepts; or network analysis.
Conceptualize design, implement, and develop solutions for
complex system/programs independently, in support of the
computational social sciences and the digital humanities.
Work with a variety of users to gain information, and develop
intra-system tradeoffs between different users, as necessary;
interact with a diverse client base and outside vendor contacts.
Document system builds and application configurations;
maintain and update documentation as needed.
Provide technical analysis, design, development, conversion,
and implementation work.
Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate
Serve as a technical resource for applications.
Compare, evaluate, and implement new features and
technologies, and integrate them into the computing environment.
Follow team software development methodology.
Advise, consult, and collaborate with faculty to provide
project definition and analysis, including defining project
scope, requirements and specifications, and project design.
Recommend and assist with the integration and use of technology
in faculty and library projects.
Promote and represent CIDR, improving the visibility of its
program, its standing, and its reputation across campus and
beyond. Liaise with peers at other academic institutions and in
industry, seek and develop funding opportunities, publish and
present at professional conferences. Review professional
literature; participate in discussion groups and other forums to
stay abreast of new methodologies and practices relevant to the
computational social sciences and the digital humanities.
* Other duties may also be
REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five
years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and
relevant experience. Relevant experience may include work in one
or more of the following domains: information visualization;
statistical and textual analysis; natural language processing;
event modeling; large dataset management and transformation;
digital content creation, storage, and discovery; geospatial
analysis; high performance computing concepts; or network
analysis. Experience working closely with faculty in an academic
setting to create products that are acknowledged successes, and
excellent verbal and written communication skills, are strongly
Skills and Abilities:
Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying
applications. Experience with software languages (e.g.,
databases (e.g., PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Oracle, MySQL); and with
Linked Data technologies is a plus.
Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
Experience developing dynamic and interactive media, and/or
interactive scholarly works for multiple devices with experience
implementing best practices for responsive design and
accessibility is a plus.
Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly
Strong communication skills with both technical and
Ability to lead activities on structured team development
Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of
programming methods; familiarity with agile software development
Knowledge of application domain, that is, the use of
technology in support of social science and/or humanities
scholarship. A graduate degree in a social science or humanities
discipline is desirable.
and Licenses: None
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that
weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its
obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable
accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires
accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her
May work extended
hours, evening and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well
with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal
responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety
concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable
University policies and procedures, including but not limited to
the personnel policies and other policies found in the
University's Administrative Guide,