Lead Developer (Stanford Literary Lab)
The Stanford Literary Lab is a research group that specializes in the
computational and quantitative analysis of textual materials, particularly
Literature. Housed in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the
Literary Lab maintains a roster of internal research projects, as well as a
set of collaborations, both within Stanford, and with other research centers
and scholars outside of the University, both nationally and internationally.
Work on these involves text mining, natural language processing tasks,
statistical modeling and visualization design. For more information on the
Literary Lab, please see: litlab.stanford.edu
Execute all programming tasks, including programming, analyzing, designing,
developing, implementing, modifying, and maintaining computer programs. Work
on systems of moderate size and complexity or segments of larger systems.
Initially, this is a one-year fixed term position at 75% time. We seek to hire
a lead digital humanities developer who will provide close computational and
analytical support to current and future researchers at the lab. The lead
developer will work closely with lab members, both faculty and students, on
creating new analytical workflows on a project by project basis, and
developing and implementing code that supports the core research work of the
lab. Duties will include serving as the lead programmer on lab projects,
writing code for feature identification and extraction, designing new
visualizations for research outcomes, attending project and lab meetings on a
regular basis and maintaining the Lab's textual corpus repository, including
designing an interface and/or API to provide access to this material. As the
demands of individual projects at the lab are unique, the lead developer will
be responsible for designing ad hoc computational solutions on a case by case
basis, as well as developing multi-use programs that are accessible to
researchers in the humanities. As the Literary Lab is part of the larger
Stanford Digital Humanities community, the Lead Developer will also coordinate
his or her activities with members of the Center for Spatial and Textual
Analysis and its member research groups, including the Spatial History
Project, Humanities + Design and Text Technologies.
It is expected that the Lead Developer will dedicate a portion of their time
designing and implementing their own research projects, in keeping with the
research goals and mission of the Literary Lab and in close consultation with
lab directors. As a member of the Literary Lab and in accordance with our
research practices, the lead developer we seek to hire will also be credited
on lab publications for projects that they support.
• Conceptualize design, implement, and develop solutions for complex
• 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
• Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate complexity.
• 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.
• Mentor lower level software developers.
* - Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of
education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications.
• Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
• Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical
• Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
• Ability to lead activities on structured team development projects.
• Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming
• Knowledge of application domain.
Certifications and Licenses:
• 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
* - 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 job.
• May work extended hours, evening and weekends.
• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford
colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
• 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 lessons learned.
• 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,
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career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and
benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling
lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for
professionals looking to advance their careers.
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receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or
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