Ruby on Rails Developer

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Created: February 17, 2014


Princeton University Library is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Ruby on Rails developer to work on implementing Blacklight  and other public-facing Rails applications.

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars.  Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.  The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.

The incumbent, working with existing library developers, will play a key role in the development, planning, documentation, testing, and deployment of new and existing applications, and actively participate in the communities that exist around those applications.

This position is a two year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

Essential Qualifications
  • BA in Computer Science or a related field
  • Extensive and demonstrated experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience with Solr, Apache, Tomcat and/or Jetty; and SQL (MySQL or other)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary web standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, etc.) and relevant frameworks (JQuery, Bootstrap, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with Rails application deployment patterns
  • Experience with Test Driven Development
  • Experience with at least one other programming language (e.g. Python, Java, PHP)
  • Competency with Git/Github for source code version control and collaboration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of and experience with library descriptive metadata formats (MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, VRA)
  • Familiarity with Linked Data and Linked Data publishing patterns
  • Work experience in an academic library
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems
  • Advanced degree in Library or Computer Science
  • Experience with a NoSQL DB such as MongoDB
  • Experience working with and committing to Open Source Software projects
Compensation and Benefits: Princeton offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program that is responsive to the needs of its diverse staff. The comprehensive benefits program includes health and life insurance coverage, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short- and long-term disabilities, benefits for employee education, children's tuition grants, as well as 24 vacation days a year, 9 holidays and 2 personal days.

Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. The position requisition number is:  1400075.

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