Research Programmer - Mobile/Web Applications Developer
Visiting Academic Professional Position

University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: This position is available immediately. This is a
100%-time, twelve-month appointment Visiting Academic Professional

Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be
appointed to support a digital library grant-funded research project
being conducted at the Undergraduate Library. The appointee will
report to the respective grant project’s principal investigator (PI)
and will be a member of the University Library's Software Development
Group. Specifically, this position will support and be funded by the
following grant project:

The Student/Library Collaborative: Toward Transformative Mobile
Library Service, funded by The Institute of Museum and Libraries
National Leadership Grant.

This grant funded position will provide an opportunity to participate
in design, development, and testing of innovative, cutting-edge mobile
applications. The successful candidate will collaborate with
experienced Research Programmers in the Grainger Engineering Library
Information Center and the Library’s Office of Information Technology
Planning and Policy to design and implement an infrastructure and
middleware to support the creation of the mobile applications.

The responsibilities of this position will include:
developing and/or customizing APIs generated by library data;
designing an infrastructure to support these APIs;
using and/or customizing of commercial APIs;
leading training in using these APIs and developing additional ones;
applying APIs to mobile applications;
troubleshooting, and writing documentation for the process;
developing Web, Windows, and Linux applications and tools;
installing, maintaining, and administering of Web services and other
networked applications;
database design, and programming;
collaborating with student groups on mobile application development;
and providing technical assistance to and consultation with Library
and other University faculty and staff collaborating on the project.

As an Academic Professional, employees are expected to use
“investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in
support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the
University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic
Professional Employees. Some investigations that originate in this
manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production
activities. See

Environment: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is
a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in
information, instructional, access, and scholarly services help the
Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus.
The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in
the world, encompassing more than 12 million volumes and a total of
more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining
the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to
engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of
which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and
public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty
members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate
assistants. For more information, see:

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree in computer science,
computer engineering, or a related field; 3+ years of experience with
object oriented programming; experience using modern Web-server
development frameworks for creating 'restful' AJAX web services;
Experience with source control tools: e.g. git, SVN; Knowledge of XML
and XSLT; demonstrable LINUX or UNIX experience; demonstrable
knowledge of relational database design principles and programming
using SQL; ability to work in a collaborative team environment, and
successfully handle multiple priorities; good oral and written
communication and customer service skills.

Preferred: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and/or
information science (or equivalent); Experience designing and
developing mobile apps for either the Android or iPhone platforms;
experience in a library IT unit or working with library-specific
applications; experience leading technology training; experience with
metadata schema including MARC, Dublin Core, RDF, etc.; knowledge of
library standards such as MARC, Z39.50, OAI-PMH, or OAI-ORE;
experience using web APIs, such as the Amazon, Google Book, or Hathi
Trust APIs; experience administering Windows or Linux servers,
including web servers; experience applying web application security
best practices.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve month appointment; 24 work days of
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.

 Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is
a comprehensive and major public land-grant university
(Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best
in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and
graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts
theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the
state and the nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve
26,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students;
approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year
for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is
available at The University is located in the twin
cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of
100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles
west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University
and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational
environment ideally suited to the work of a major research
institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate
profile at and upload a letter of interest,
resume, and contact information including email addresses for three
professional references. Applications not submitted through this
website will not be considered. For questions, please call:

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and
nominations must be received by March 14, 2012. Interviews may occur
before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to
the closing date.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and
welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas
who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


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