Digital Library Software Engineer
Stanford University Libraries is seeking a talented software engineer to
support applications and services as part of its digital library, an
internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions
to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world's leading
universities. We are a mission-driven organization that emphasizes open,
collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford and with partner
institutions around the world.
This position will be a key contributor to a dynamic team of technologists,
architects and information professionals defining the library of the future.
Come work in an agile-inspired, test-driven, team environment, balancing the
rapid and incremental delivery of new features with operational robustness.
Join us to realize the benefits of working with one of the most talented
technology teams in Silicon Valley to support Stanford scholars in one of the
nation's most inspiring campus environments, in the heart of the beautiful Bay
This is a 4 year, fixed-term position in the library's Digital Library Systems
and Services group, with the possibility for renewal.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Software engineering for the Stanford
Digital Library (60%)
Work with others on principally Ruby on Rails based applications and services
incorporating a variety of custom and open-source software. Help maintain and
extend a wide range of current applications that support end-user access, open
APIs, and internal administrative services. Leverage, adapt and
collaboratively extend SUL's digital library service-based infrastructure as
well as open source technologies and industry best practices. Replace or
modernize older applications to integrate them with current technologies and
infrastructure. Responsibilities extend beyond code to managing digital assets
themselves, to help bring in, enrich and make available the wealth of digital
resources held at Stanford.
• Operations engineering (30%)
Promote robustness and sustainability by engineering for reliability and
scale, from development through deployment. Work with SUL's digital library
operations team to leverage devOps infrastructure to streamline operations,
maintenance and deployment of incremental enhancements to existing
• Community Engagement (10%)
Represent Stanford in the digital library communities; identify and adapt code
that fits Stanford's environment. Document and disseminate Stanford
development and operational solutions to other adopters and potential code
contributors. Track and apply industry best practices, tools and methodologies
to Stanford digital library development and operations efforts.
• Demonstrated experience with, or capacity to learn Ruby
on Rails for application development and for engineering in an enhanced
framework, including plug-ins, engines and gems.
• Working knowledge of or ability to adopt and apply agile
software development practices and test driven development principles. Ability
to understand best practices for software development, and an ability to
introduce and reinforce application of those practices in a team environment.
• Demonstrated ability writing solid, simple, elegant code
both independently and in a team-programming environment, and within schedule
• Experience working collaboratively on a project from
specification to launch; ability to work with multiple levels of staff, and
within open source communities; good verbal and written communication skills.
• A candidate at the P3 level will require three or more
years relevant experience engineering applications or services in a data-
driven software environment.
• Prior success working in an academic environment.;
experience in the digital library community is a plus.
• Familiarity with Library and Repository-related
• Experience contributing to community-based open source
projects, including but not limited to those relevant to the Stanford
Libraries' Digital Library architecture, such as Fedora, Blacklight, Solr or
• A passion for good metadata
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