The Caltech Library is seeking an Applications Developer to join its small, flexible and multi-talented team responsible for building innovative tools and systems to support the work of the extraordinary faculty and researchers of Caltech. Technology is rapidly changing the way libraries support research, offering both challenges and opportunities to which the Caltech Library is responding vigorously. Ideal candidates will have a passion for new technologies and approaches, a strong programming background, and enjoy working in a collegial team-oriented environment with other programmers, technologically savvy staff, and Caltech scientists, faculty and students. Experience in research computing or data science would be advantageous. The Applications Developer is a member of a 4-person developers group within the Digital Library Development (DLD) team, the developers, librarians and technologists that power the Library’s R&D activities in both established and emerging areas of activity.
The Applications Developer participates in software applications projects, taking leadership/ownership of specific projects as appropriate. Projects and activities support a range of Library services to the campus, including digital repositories (CaltechAUTHORS, CaltechDATA, digital collections) and platforms (EPrints, Invenio, Islandora), including the Institute Archives' platform for collection management (ArchivesSpace). The Library is eschewing monolithic systems in favor of a networked combination of locally built, cloud-hosted tools, and authoritative external data sources and web services. The Developer works both independently and with other developers to develop software for this ecosystem, as well as to manage Library assets and provide staff and end-user services.
The selected candidate works with project teams that may include librarians, archivists, faculty, staff and students to develop functional requirements and workplans. Areas of software development include the creation and management of digital assets, provision of online services, and manipulation of digital data and metadata. The Developer has the opportunity to collaborate with librarians in the provision of software and data management instruction through the Library's instructional program (Software and Data Carpentry).
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