Position available immediately. This is a full-time, three-year visiting
academic professional appointment in the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign Library Software Development Group. Position may become permanent
dependent on funding.
Duties and Responsibilities: As part of a team of repository developers, the
Research Programmer will be responsible for providing programming and
technical support for all components of a large-scale digital preservation
management system, codename Medusa, and the technical infrastructure for the
IDEALS scholarly communications initiatives within the University Library. As
necessary, the Research Programmer may also provide technical support to other
scholarly communication or digital preservation research projects or related
programs within the Library.
Detailed job duties include but are not limited to the following:
* Work with project stakeholders and senior programming staff to gather and analyze requirements for repository development and digital preservation, and recommend approaches to meeting those requirements.
* Working independently or as a member of a small team, will be responsible for implementing the approved recommendations, especially for in-house development, but also for customization or integration of purchased and open source software.
* Apply best practices in various software development methodologies, including version control, automated testing and code refactoring, and leveraging appropriate programming frameworks and technical architectures to the requirements and proposed solutions.
* May supervise student hourly or graduate assistant employees.
* Encouraged to spend 5% of their time on personal research to learn new skills and stay abreast of the latest developments and trends in software development, especially in the context of a library setting.
* May also have opportunities to participate in other research grant projects in the Library.
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of
the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 12 million
volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among
academic research libraries in the United States and first among public
university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus,
the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and
services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the
University's mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library
currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals,
staff, and graduate assistants.
The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus,
as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service
units. The University of Illinois
Library Software Development Group (SDG) is an exciting and supportive team
with whom to work that encourages continual learning and career growth. SDG
developers work closely with library faculty and staff to design, customize
and implement a wide variety of innovative and critical software, web services
and technical infrastructure including IDEALS[i] , Connections@Illinois[ii],
BibApp[iii], Vireo[iv] and Medusa[v]. All academic professionals in the
Library are encouraged to take advantage of Investigation Time[vi].
Qualifications: Required: Bachelor's Degree; Solid understanding of core Web
programming/scripting languages: Ruby, Python, VB/ASP, Java, etc.;
Demonstrated ability to accurately convert client requirements and
specifications into working code; Ability to work independently or under only
general direction; Motivated, self-starter, proactive, resourceful, naturally
inquisitive, desire to continuously improve; Strong oral and written
communication skills; able to legally work in the United States by January 15,
2013. Preferred: Master's degree in Library and Information Science, Computer
Science or related field; One or more years of experience in developing and
coding interactive, data-driven Web applications in Ruby on Rails and/or Java;
Experience with open-source software tools relevant to scholarly communication
and libraries, specifically those related to repositories: DSpace, Fedora
Commons, Blacklight and Solr; Experience working in a UNIX/Linux command-line
environment; Experience with current software development methodologies and
tools, such as agile and scrum, test driven development, source control and
versioning, code refactoring and DRY; Experience working with XML, and library
metadata and interoperability standards (e.g., PREMIS, MARC, MODS, Dublin
Salary: Salary is competitive and is
commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a three-year visiting
academic professional position. If funding is available after the three years,
the position could become permanent.
Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month
appointment; 24 work days' vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual
sick leave (cumulative up to a maximum of 240 days) plus an additional 13 days
(non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small
co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be
purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System is
required upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is tax exempt
until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the
Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.
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