Applications Developer

Chapel Hill, NC
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Created: July 23, 2018


Position:    Library Software Applications Developer (AT Will)

Available:  August 15, 2018

 The University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a Library Software Applications Developer to join the Software Development department in the Library & Information Technology division.

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 our community; and integrates systems and works with established frameworks to support technology and infrastructure for University Library services and collections. The University Library has cultivated a community of learning and collaboration and presents many opportunities to learn new skills and to take on a range of technically challenging projects with support from senior staff.

The Library Software Applications Developer will perform software development work on new and existing projects using programming languages including PHP and JavaScript as well as other systems, such as search platforms and relational databases. The Library Software Applications Developer also documents code and workflows and manages source code within a versioning system. The University Library is active in and committed to open source development and communities and the Developer will have opportunities to contribute to open source software projects in a variety of ways.

The position will be working closely with a grant-funded project team, including the Project Director, audiovisual archivists and audio engineers, to improve and expand on an internal application used for describing historic audiovisual recordings and their associated preservation files in Wilson Special Collections. Development will focus on the essential tasks necessary for extending digitization and preservation services of audiovisual materials in the Southern Folklife Collection to all special collections in the library, including the Southern Historical Collection, University Archives, Rare Books Collection and the North Carolina Collection. An additional project will include an environmental scan of open-source transcription tools and, with aid from the Project Director, a means for integrating automated transcription into digitization workflows.

The position works with library staff and campus partners to address their business needs, while coordinating with other developers, system administrators, project managers, and stakeholders. The Developer regularly shares progress with stakeholders, seeking input on prototypes. The Developer provides support to users throughout the lifetime of the project, troubleshooting problems and maintaining code. Our colleagues have taken a variety of paths to technical specializations, and we welcome candidates seeking collaboration with professionals who care about their work, within an environment that respects a work-life balance.



  • 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 working with application frameworks (e.g. Ruby on Rails, Django, Laravel, or Angular).
  • Experience with version control (e.g. Git).
  • Experience with XML and related technologies.
  • Experience with test driven development and/or continuous integration.

The University and The Libraries
The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 8.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law.

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.  Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 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 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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