Developer (Digital Library Programmer)

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Created: February 6, 2015


Position Title: Developer (Digital Library Programmer) Rank: Full-time staff, salaried Position Reports To: Senior Developer, Galter Health Sciences Library

Position Description: 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. 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. Additionally, this position will work with the Development Team in the Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI), located in the NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) including participate in team meetings, consult with the team lead on development standards and system architecture.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:

1. Bachelor's degree or 2 years equivalent experience.

2. 2 years relevant experience.

3. Software development experience.

4. Polyglot programming skills (Ruby; Ruby on Rails, Java; SQL; Javascript; XSLT;).

5. Experience working in a UNIX/ Linux command-line environment.

6. Experience working with a version control system (Git preferred).

7. Experience working with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

8. Experience working on a team to improve a product or process.

9. Strong ability to think and act strategically, and demonstrated success at bringing concepts to realization while meeting deadlines.

10. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse population of faculty/staff, students, and colleagues.

11. Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills.

12. Evidence of professional initiative and problem-solving skills.

13. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.

14. Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and remotely/virtually using a variety of media and technologies.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies:

1. Master in Library and Information Science or a related degree.

2. Experience working with Open Source software, including multi-platform integration.

3. Experience working with authentication and authorization protocols.

4. Demonstrated experience in application development in a research environment to preserve digital assets within a repository structure.

5. Experience developing digital library and information management applications.

6. Experience with digital library metadata standards and encoding schema (such as MODS, Dublin Core, METS, EAD, OAI-PMH).

7. Demonstrated ability to work creatively, independently, and collaboratively.

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States

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