Digital Scholarship Technologist

Amherst, MA
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Created: April 20, 2018


Digital Scholarship Technologist
One year (12 months) term appointment

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

As a gateway to knowledge, the UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.  

The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Digital Scholarship Technologist. The Digital Scholarship Technologist develops applications and tools to support incoming and ongoing academic research projects, with a focus on building infrastructure to support digital scholarship. In collaboration with stakeholders, identify requirements, develop workflows, and implement digital services solutions for incoming and ongoing research projects and curricular initiatives. Potential projects may include data mining, text analysis and other related digital scholarship methods, consultation on solutions for digital scholarship projects.  
This position is a one year (12 months) term appointment.


Examples of Duties:
1.    Work in close partnership with the Digital Scholarship Center, the Digital Media Lab Unit, and other library departments to prioritize projects, recommend strategies and implement applications and technologies to support digital scholarship services.
2.    Contribute to the development of digital tools and platforms for analysis, visualization, presentation, and reuse of content. Design, program, and/or adapt existing tools in support of digital scholarship.
3.    Analyze client requests to develop specifications for academic programs by applying digital scholarship methods, statistical pattern learning, and digital evidence.
4.    Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus.  Attend professional development activities as assigned or required to meet departmental goals and objectives.
5.    Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
6.    Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
7.    Demonstrates capacity, sill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success 
8.    Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
9.    Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
10.    Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
11.    Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
12.    Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

Required Qualifications:
1.    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Information Systems.
2.    Two years of application programming and development experience.
3.    Working knowledge or advanced training with OCR, Python, XML and SQL.
4.    Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and work productively to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with a diverse population.
5.    Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl, and/or Java.
6.    Demonstrated knowledge of development of web applications in a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MysQl, and PhP) environment
7.    Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work to meet departmental and library goals. Ability to exercise sound judgment.
8.    Ability to master new information technologies and explain them to others.
9.    Working knowledge of Linked Data principles, preferred.
10.    Working knowledge of Geographical Information Systems, preferred.

Professional Staff Salary Administration, Level 26 associated with Level 27. 
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On campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees.

Application Instructions:
Please apply at submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by May 21, 2018, for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 21:46 UTC

Last updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 21:46 UTC