Job ID: 30303
Job Title: Developer
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Galter Health Sciences Library
Chicago, Illinois

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Job Summary:

The Developer typically works with senior staff, but may coordinate smaller or less complex projects independently.  This role designs and implements basic technical solutions ensuring that business needs and requirements are met.  This position performs basic system integration tasks. Provides estimation for assigned tasks.

The Galter Health Sciences Library (GHSL) seeks an innovative, collaborative, forward-thinking, flexible, and user-focused developer to bring energy, creativity, and expertise to this position.  Under the guidance of the Head of Digital Systems & Collection Services in GHSL, the position develops, codes, tests, and debugs new software or enhancements to existing software; typically works with senior staff, but may coordinate smaller or less complex projects independently; designs and implements basic technical solutions ensuring that business needs and requirements are met; performs basic system integration tasks; provides estimation for assigned tasks.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects including web development, digital repository, linked open data projects, digital displays, and will share responsibility for the functionality, accuracy, navigation, and user experience of the library’s digital information services. The successful candidate will need to have a good understanding of Linux environment, databases (mainly PostgreSQL), XML, RDF, automation, integration and deployment; data modeling and management; Git and gitflow; TDD and agile; monitoring; object stores; searching and indexing (Solr); authentication and authorization concepts; Digital Asset Management Systems.  The successful candidate needs to be able to program custom solutions against often poorly documented APIs.  He/she is expected to work independently with minimal instruction/supervision, and be willing to learn new technologies/systems.

Specific Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning:

  *   Participates in the development of new goals and strategies based on interactions with primary user in coordination with the Head of Digital Systems & Collection Services and other team members.
  *   Develops plans for software deployment on heterogeneous systems.
  *   Collaborates with user to develop work flow and best practices.
  *   Partners with user in designing features for technology.

Administration Operations:

  *   Responds to customer inquiries via phone, online, in-person, etc.
  *   Creates and maintains code documentation.
  *   Grants system access to new user.
  *   Evaluates feature/upgrade/change requests and recommends action.
  *   Identifies database and software performance issues, and makes adjustments.


  *   Develops and maintains software infrastructure, via patches, bundles, releases and maintenance packs.
  *   Codes software applications adhering to designs supporting internal business requirements or external user.
  *   Designs databases and data structures.
  *   Prioritizes tasks within project.
  *   Meets with business analyst/stakeholder to determine requirements.
  *   Opens tickets with vendors.
  *   Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  *   Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  *   2 year relevant experience required.
  *   Software development experience.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  *   Polyglot programming skills (Ruby; Ruby on Rails, Java; SQL; Javascript; XSLT;).
  *   Experience working in a UNIX/ Linux command-line environment.
  *   Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.
  *   Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills.
  *   Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills.
  *   Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
  *   Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and remotely/virtually using a variety of media and technologies.
  *   Please see information highlighted below:
     *   Infrastructure (extends across applications): Apache, Linux Operating System, SQL/MySQL/Postgres
     *   Programming Languages and Frameworks: CSS, HTML 5, JavaScript, RubyOnRails, Shell Scripting, XML
     *   Analytical: Critical thinking, Data mining, Data modeling, Database design/data structure, Debugging, Judgment, Metadata creation and management, Problem solving
     *   Project: Agile environment, Code documentation, Collaboration and teamwork, Planning, Scrum project framework.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  *   Master in Library and Information Science or a related degree.
  *   Experience working with Open Source software, including multi-platform integration.
  *   Experience working with authentication and authorization protocols.
  *   Demonstrated experience in application development in a research environment to preserve digital assets within a repository structure.
  *   Experience developing digital library and information management applications.
  *   Experience working with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
  *   Experience working on a team to improve a product or process.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  *   Strong ability to think and act strategically, and demonstrated success at bringing concepts to realization while meeting deadlines.
  *   Experience working with a version control system (Git preferred).
  *   Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Kind regards,

Violeta Ilik
Head, Digital Systems & Collection Services
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University Clinical and
Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
Galter Health Sciences Library
303 E. Chicago Ave, 2-212
Chicago, Illinois  60611
office: (312) 503 0421
violeta.ilik at<>
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