Job: Technology Director/Lead Software Engineer, Digital Antiquity

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Created: March 1, 2010


Technology Director/Lead Software Engineer, Digital Antiquity

at Arizona State University <>

Tempe, AZ 85287

Digital Antiquity, a national initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks a Technology Director/Lead Software Engineer to lead the technical development of a “start-up” national digital repository for archaeological documents and data. This exciting cyberinfrastructure initiative provides an excellent career opportunity in informatics and software development in the stimulating environment of a major research university.

The repository, the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), has a conceptual design focusing on preservation and access with user-initiated ingest of data, documents, and associated metadata. The repository has been developed through planning grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Mellon Foundation. Key components have been prototyped with substantial funding from NSF.

We seek an individual with expertise in data management and software development. The individual must have experience in project management that will enable her or him to lead the technical development of a state-of-the-art, sustainable digital repository. The project presents challenges related to heterogeneous data and knowledge management; user-centric information system design; scalable and sustainable system design and engineering; and access control and rights management.

Under the general direction of Digital Antiquity’s Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Digital Antiquity Technology Director/Lead Software Engineer will guide the transition from prototype to the full implementation of a trusted digital repository. The incumbent will supervise the software team, manage the development process, and contribute to the effective functioning of the user support staff. The candidate should be committed to the success of the project and must have inter-disciplinary communications skills to work effectively with domain experts to ensure that the repository is highly responsive to user needs.

A Master’s degree in information science, computer science, informatics, or a closely related field is required. The position requires demonstrated expertise in software development with an emphasis on data management, web application development, and object-oriented programming. Experience designing sustainable technical infrastructures and familiarity with digital repository systems is desirable. The digital repository prototype currently utilizes an open-source JEE software stack (Spring, Hibernate, Struts 2) and the Fedora digital repository platform; direct experience with these technologies is preferred.

This multi-institutional effort is based at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The software lead will hold the title of Associate Research Professional (an Academic Professional position) at ASU and will report to Digital Antiquity's Executive Director. This is a 12 month, renewable appointment with excellent benefits. The salary range is $75,000 - $90,000, depending on qualifications and experience. The position requires relocation to the Tempe/Phoenix area of central Arizona.

Review of applications will begin 03/10/2010 and will continue until the search is closed. Interested individuals should submit, in electronic form, a letter of application (including descriptions of relevant expertise and experience in managing technical staff and overseeing software development projects and user support systems), a résumé or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information (phone and email) for three references to Executive Director, Digital Antiquity, SHESC, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona ( For more information please see A background check is required for employment.

ASU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply, for more information, please see


Submit, in electronic form, a letter of application, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information (phone and email) for three references to Executive Director, Digital Antiquity at <>.

-- Matt Cordial Digital Library Software Engineer Arizona State University Library 480-965-9094


Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 14:20 UTC

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