Applications Developer

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: January 24, 2018


The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) seeks a collaborative, tech-savvy, and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Applications Developer. The TRLN Applications Developer will work closely with talented librarians, technologists, and developers across four academic institutions to lead the development of a variety of applications and systems that support the mission of the consortium and its member institutions. The position will apply expert skills to help solve some of the complex issues facing academic libraries today and to anticipate future opportunities.

Reporting to the TRLN Executive Director, the Applications Developer will play a major role in the support of both established and emerging technology-focused projects. As a member of a highly collaborative team, the Applications Developer designs, implements, tests, and supports software projects at all stages of their lifecycles; evaluates new technologies and services to implement or customize for use by the TRLN member libraries; and integrates systems with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for TRLN initiatives.

The Applications Developer will perform software development work on new and existing projects using a variety of programming languages (such as PHP, Ruby, Python, and JavaScript) and systems, such as search platforms and relational databases. The Applications Developer drafts documentation for software projects, oversees the development workflow and manages source code within a versioning system. The Applications Developer will also perform lite systems administration work to support and maintain hosting environments for TRLN software and services. The position requires close collaboration with technical staff at our four member institutions, not only to ensure seamless integration with local systems, but also to ensure shared responsibility for the process and the products.

The TRLN staff includes an Executive Director, a Program Officer, and a Communications Specialist, all of whom work closely with colleagues across the consortium. Our central staff provides support for the broad spectrum of consortial initiatives and activities. Our organizational values include collaboration, flexibility, creativity, and responsiveness to the evolving role of academic libraries and consortia.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering, math, or Engineering or related technical degree from an appropriately accredited institution; or Bachelor’s degree and some computer coursework from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience in business application consulting or development; or Associate’s degree in Computer Programming and one year of experience in application consulting or development; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working collaboratively and communicating effectively with software stakeholders.
  • Experience developing server-based and browser-based software.
  • Experience working effectively with a team to plan and complete projects.


  • Experience with RDBMS (e.g. MySQL or PostgreSQL).
  • Experience with agile development methodologies.
  • Experience with multiple programming languages (e.g. PHP, Ruby, Python)
  • Experience working with application frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django, Angular, Laravel, or Zend).
  • Experience with Linux command-line environments and systems administration tasks.
  • Experience with cloud hosting environments (e.g. AWS, Azure)
  • Experience working with version control (e.g. Git).
  • Experience with XML and related technologies.

Triangle Research Libraries Network
Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the purpose of which is to marshal the financial, human, and information resources of their research libraries through cooperative efforts in order to create a rich and unparalleled knowledge environment that furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of the TRLN universities. The libraries of the four institutions encompass collections of professional schools in business, law, and health sciences, in addition to the major research resources in the humanities, social science, engineering, sciences, and technology. The primary TRLN office is in Wilson Library on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is twelve-month EHRA Information Technology Professional appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, with a minimum salary of $65,000. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on February 6, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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