Full time Remote / Telecommute

Digital Library Applications Developer

Ann Arbor
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Created: October 1, 2018


How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your career aspirations, and any experience that directly relates to this position.

NOTE: This is a three-year, term-limited appointment

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a skilled programmer to help create and maintain large scale digital library systems. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of programmers, librarians, and designers on major initiatives including HathiTrust, and the creation of a new system architecture to serve the U-M Library and campus based on SamveraFedoraBlacklightInternational Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), and Solr are also commonly used. The new system will utilize these and other recent developments in the open source software community and will handle a wide array of materials: research data sets, historical records, electronic journals, audio, video and more. This is an opportunity to join a skilled and forward­ thinking group and to gain experience with modern technologies that support digital preservation, research, publishing, archives and broad public access.

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world­changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


  • Participate in the analysis of business and user needs, and the design of solutions involving computer systems and software.

  • Develop, debug, modify and maintain complex software systems, including the full stack of components behind data driven web applications and APIs.

  • Configure and customize open source software and engage in collaborative development activity ­using modern tools and techniques.                    

  • Review system and software designs and prepare and conduct functional tests.

  • Create and maintain internal documentation.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and three or more years experience, or an equivalent amount of experience and education.

  • Demonstrated programming skills in a modern programming language.

  • Experience working in a Linux environment.

  • Experience and comfort working in groups.

  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to discuss why we develop what we develop.

  • Positive outlook and willingness to learn.

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with MVC (model/view/controller) framework-based, database-driven web development using technologies such as Ruby, Rails, SQL, PHP, Perl, Java, JSON, XML, etc.

  • Experience developing RESTful APIs.

  • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS, JQuery, and JavaScript.

  • Familiarity with applying WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards.

  • Experience with Unix/Linux.

  • Experience with version control systems such as GIT.

  • Experience with test-driven development.

  • Familiarity with Agile software development practices.

  • Understanding of digital preservation concepts and principles, in particular as they apply to designing and supporting workflows for digital repositories.

Additional Information

Minimum salary for this position is $55,000. Final salary will be determined by experience and qualifications.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.