Library Applications Developer

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Created: November 18, 2014


The Chemical Heritage Foundation is recruiting for the newly created position of Library Applications Developer.  The Library Applications Developer will work collaboratively with CHF’s new digital library team and consultants to lead the development of the digital infrastructure that will manage, preserve and provide access to CHF’s diverse digital assets (images, audio, visual files, texts and 3D objects.)  The Library Applications Developer will oversee all technical aspects related to the installation, customization, and maintenance of Hydra, an open source digital repository system comprised of a Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight and Ruby on Rails technology stack.  Additionally, this position will be responsible for maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting code for customizing other open source library software and applications, including ArchivesSpace.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree in Computer/Information Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.
  • Demonstrated strong proficiency in a major language such as PHP, Ruby or Python.
  • Previous experience working with Apache, Solr, MySQL, Ruby on Rails and RESTful web APIs.
  • Must have experience running Linux in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with software stack architecture, such as OpenStack or LAMP.
  • Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, XML, RDF and/or JSON.
  • Experience with JavaScript framework such as JQuery and standards compliant HTML5 and CSS3.
  • Strong communications skills, including ability to speak on the topic with non-technical individuals.
  • Previous experience working in library, museum or cultural institution, preferably with digital repository or asset management software, is a plus.
To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations and resume/CV to:

– CHF is an Equal Opportunity Employer –

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization that preserves the history and heritage of science, technology and industry, with a focus on the sciences and technologies shaping material innovation.  In bridging science and technology with the humanities, arts and social sciences, CHF is committed to building a vibrant, international community of scholars; creating a rich source of traditional and emerging media; expanding the reach of our museum; and engaging the broader society through inventive public events. 

CHF is located in the heart of beautiful Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. For further information, visit our website at

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