Lead Developer (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities)
University of Maryland, College Park
MITH is seeking a Lead Developer to work on research-intensive projects in the
The Lead Developer will work with other senior MITH staff to conceptualize,
implement, and develop software for research work in a collaborative,
team-driven environment. This role requires creative leadership and
commitment to research and development leading to novel applications of
technology in research projects in the humanities. The successful candidate
will have experience developing software applications, establishing
developmentmilestones, providing technical management and oversight, and
identifying emergent technologies and best practices.
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Lead Developer will collaborate with
other members of the MITH design and development team to design, write, test,
document, and deploy code. She/He will be responsible for conducting regular
code reviews, coordinating iterative development schedules, and assuring
quality control of all final software deliverables and deployments.
Prospective candidates should have proven experience in software development
within a research-intensive environment. Prospective candidates should have
proven experience in team-oriented software development. They should be able
to demonstrate expertise in at least one version control system and in a range
of programming languages and platforms. The ability to estimate effort for
software projects, prototype concepts and approaches, draft and communicate
design concepts, as well as write and maintain documentation of systems and
processes is required. Familiarity with the digital humanities is preferred
but not required.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
* Software Development (60%)
* Responsible for full development cycle of planning, designing, testing, documenting and deployment.
* Manage Development Processes (20%)
* Facilitate developer and designer meetings
* Create and track project milestones and schedules
* Review software code and ensure quality of all deliverables, including documentation
* Systems Architecture (10%)
* Research appropriate software languages, frameworks, and platforms to realize project goals
* Design, prototype, and evaluate potential technical approaches
* Monitor systems administration and contracted development work
* Engagement with Open Source Software Projects (10%)
* As appropriate, contribute to third-party open source projects and libraries used by MITH during paid time. Contributions may include code, documentation, outreach, group/event organization, and code review.
* Bachelor's degree
* Minimum of three years experience in software development
The successful candidate will work on and lead projects involving a variety of
technologies/technology stacks. The ability to learn new technologies quickly
and effectively is important. We would expect that the Lead Developer could
* Expertise with a high-level language (e.g. Ruby, PHP, Python)
* Experience using web frameworks for at least one of these languages (e.g. Sinatra, Rails, Zend, Flask, Django)
* Knowledge of testing frameworks
* Experience with XML technologies (validation schemes, XSLT, eXist, Cocoon, etc.)
* Applications from candidates who can also demonstrate the following are strongly encouraged:
* Five or more years experience in software development
* Experience in managing other developers
* Familiarity with pre-existing digital humanities software development community
* Able to work in a team-driven design and development process but with clear ability to motivate and manage oneself
* Experience with RDF and Linked Open Data methods and tools
* Salary is commensurate with experience, up to $96,000.
* The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.
Applications should be submitted via ejobs.umd.edu (Position # 119907) and
include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume; 3) samples of code/projects (or URLs
to accessible repositories); and 4) contact information for three professional
The position is open until filled.
VALUE OF DIVERSITY
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of
equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee
or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or
mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status,
genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.
Moreover, the University of Maryland is committed to "inclusive excellence"--
the notion that in order to educate our students with excellence, in order to
foster outstanding research and scholarship, and in order to be national and
global leaders, we must be diverse and inclusive. Minorities and women are
encouraged to apply.
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