Ruby Developer

The Hague, The Netherlands
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Created: January 21, 2016


Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Closing date: 29 February, 2016

All across Europe, museums, galleries and archives are digitizing their collections. Europeana brings them together online and works hard to make sure people can find and use them.  For work.  For learning.  Or just for fun.

We work with a network of cultural organizations to provide creative and innovative forms of access to culture. Our work is guided by creative collaboration, supportive teamwork and the idea that sharing and re-using cultural content can transform the world. We represent centuries of trusted guardianship by Europe’s cultural institutions so must always ensure that whilst we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with today’s technology, our products and resources are robust and reliable.

We’re looking for driven, web native, cultural heritage specialists who want to work in an English-speaking international team. Our office is based next to The Hague Central Station in the Netherlands.

The role - Ruby Developer
We are looking for a passionate Ruby developer - someone who is excited by developing systems that can aggregate and publish large amounts of cultural content, is interested in using cloud technologies, and who is keen to apply their skills in the domain of cultural heritage.

Your team
You will be part of Europeana’s Software Development Team. The team is responsible for making the digitized collections of Europe’s libraries, archives and museums better available online by designing, developing and maintaining Europeana's software for data ingestion, processing, publication and retrieval.

Your responsibilities
• Design, develop, and maintain our thematic discovery site (“Europeana Collections”) that serves more than 45 millions records retrieved from our (Java-based) API
• Support and maintain several other Ruby-based projects, including a statistics dashboard, an exhibitions site, and their backing CMSes
• Continually evaluate and help to improve our software development processes, methodologies and tools
• Work closely with business requirement owners to assess feasibility, specificity and scope of tools and feature requirements

The experience/knowledge you need
• University or college degree in computer science or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• 1 - 3 years of research and software development experience

• Hands-on experience with designing and implementing systems that handle large amounts of data. Experience with humanities data and/or multilingual data is a strong advantage
• Good written and spoken English with an ability to express complex technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences

The skills you need
• Experience with Ruby 2 and Rails 4
• Experience with Ruby web servers, background job processing and task scheduling
• Furthermore, it is advantageous to have:
• Knowledge of, and experience with, search engines (Lucene, Solr) and semantic web industry standards (RDF, SKOS, Linked Open Data)
• Experience with relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, MySQL), document databases (e.g. MongoDB) or graph databases (Neo4J)
• Experience with different software development tools (e.g. Jenkins, Travis, Git) and practices (test driven development, pair programming, continuous integration)
• Basic knowledge of front-end and other related technologies (e.g. JS, CSS)
• Familiarity with the 12-factor methodology
• Experience with working in Scrum teams
• An interest in the combination of culture and digital and in making culture available over the web
• Made contributions to open-source project(s)

Salary and benefits
Your monthly gross salary will be between €2,700 – €3,604 in line with the Collective Labour agreement for Research Institutes Scale 9.
You’ll also enjoy 42 days holiday per year, a holiday allowance (8%) and an annual bonus (8.33%).

How to apply
Send your CV (in English) with a covering letter telling us why you’re interested in this position to Please include your GitHub profile, or any other public evidence of your work.

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Published: Thursday, January 21, 2016 15:58 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC