Application Developer

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Created: December 17, 2015



The Penn Libraries Digital Library team is looking for a self-motivated, detail-oriented applications programmer who will be responsible for the development, monitoring, and on-going maintenance of web-based software used to support a variety of library services. Work with project managers and senior developers to determine functional requirements, maintain and design interfaces and databases, code, test, debug, and document applications. Ensure adherence to technical, quality assurance, data integrity, and security standards. The Libraries are building a team that is passionate about programming and expect team members to stay abreast of new technologies for possible use in future applications and services.

All qualified applicants with proven experience with programming web-based applications, integration and data transformation tools, configuration management and version control are welcome to apply.

* Work collaboratively with library project teams to manage existing and develop new web based solutions for discovery and information access services, researcher profiling, customer account services, and a range of supporting technologies used to index, transform, display and integrate content.

* Perform analysis and make recommendations to improve stability and feature-sets for the existing portfolio of solutions. Gain familiarity with the Library’s technology stack and contribute to development sprints and problem-solving.

* Provide detail-oriented code review and testing. Follow standards for code release and version control.

* Maintain a collaborative, customer-oriented approach to projects; respond to changing requirements with flexibility.

* Communicate effectively across project groups and with managers; Meet project deadlines and milestones and communicate impediments to progress in a timely, effective way.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
* Demonstrated knowledge of web application programming and experience with at least one server-side programming language (PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, C#, etc.)
* Basic knowledge of relational databases and SQL required
* Knowledge of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML a plus
* Ability to creatively solve problems and programming challenges
* Strong analytical skills
* Ability to communicate clearly and concisely required, including strong interpersonal skills
* Experience with version control systems, such as Git, preferred
* Familiarity with configuration management, continuous integration tools (Jenkins) a plus

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Published: Thursday, December 17, 2015 20:07 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC