The Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University ( provides the leading open source platform for running academic journals (OJS), books (OMP), and conferences (OCS). PKP is seeking a full-time Software Developer to join our XML Project team for at least 6 months and possibly longer. Duties will include maintaining the PKP XML web stack currently hosted at, adding new features and parsing libraries, actively participating in an international developer community, conferring with users to better understand system requirements and usability issues, investigating problem areas, and general troubleshooting. 

PKP is a truly global initiative. As a member of the PKP team, you are able to work where you want, anywhere in the world, during the hours that work best for you (apart from some regularly scheduled team meetings). You will have opportunities to travel, participate in conferences and workshops, and interact with a growing international community of users in the academic, software development, and publishing worlds. Initially this will be a fixed-term contract with a probationary period and with very good potential for increased hours and continuing work. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. 

Qualifications include: 

-experience with current web development technology, especially PHP (ideally Zend) and *nix scripting. 
-experience with the following: Xpath, XSLT, regular expressions, Schematron, machine learning, named entity recognition, or some combination thereof. 

Additional consideration given for: 

-experience with Java and/or Python. 
-experience with academic article production, the National Library of Medicine JATS specification, and/or "massaging" PDFs. 
-knowledge of, or experience with, PKP software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary. 
-enthusiasm for open source projects and understanding of the benefits of openness in general (open access, open standards, open data, open access to information, etc.) 

Interested applicants should send the following: 

-a cover letter containing a summary of their experience, and at least two references; 
-a copy of their resume; and 
-code samples, ideally in PHP, ideally open-source (e.g. via a Github repository). 

to Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian ([log in to unmask]). Postings will remain open until filled. 

Background Information 

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative based at Simon Fraser University with many development partners and supporters around the world. PKP has been developing free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals, books, and conferences for 15 years. The PKP software suite is comprised of four modules: Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems; as well as a variety of supporting software projects. Visit PKP and have a look at the software and code. 


Mark Jordan 
Head of Library Systems 
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University 
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, Canada 
Voice: 778.782.5753 / Fax: 778.782.3023 / Skype: mark.jordan50 
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