LOCKSS Software Engineer

Stanford, CA
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Created: January 30, 2020



The LOCKSS Program (https://www.lockss.org/) maintains and provides support for the open-source LOCKSS software, which powers distributed digital preservation networks used by libraries and publishers worldwide to ensure durable access to digital content. LOCKSS is a core part of a portfolio of Stanford Libraries’ digital library initiatives with international recognition and impact. While LOCKSS networks enable the preservation of all types of digital materials, the LOCKSS Program retains a strong focus on scholarly publications, that it has had since its inception. This focus is reflected in the substantial work that the LOCKSS Program undertakes processing content for inclusion in the CLOCKSS Archive (https://www.clockss.org/) and the Global LOCKSS Network (https://www.lockss.org/join-lockss/networks/global-lockss-network), on behalf of libraries and publishers. To carry out this work, the LOCKSS Program builds tools and manages pipelines for content ingest, curation, and preservation.

The LOCKSS Program seeks a Software Engineer to undertake a range of tasks in support of content ingest and processing for LOCKSS networks. This will entail creating and updating plugins for retrieval, parsing, and processing of content from a variety of sources while noting ways in which this process might be streamlined; creating scripts and utilities for content tabulation and validation at various workflow stages; improving reporting capabilities; developing tools for more programmatic management of LOCKSS network content holdings information; and other projects in support of automation and process improvement. The role requires software development skills combined with the ability to dive in, learn quickly, and adapt from that to improved solutions.

This position reports to the LOCKSS Program Manager and works closely with staff responsible for ingest plugin development, content processing, and technical support to ensure accurate, efficient, and timely ingest and processing of new content on behalf of LOCKSS networks.




- Assess user needs and requirements.
- Design and develop applications that may involve sophisticated data manipulation.
- Maintain and update existing programs.
- Troubleshoot and solve technical problems.
- Create programs to meet reporting and analysis needs.
- Design and implement user and operations training programs.
- Document changes in software for end users.
- Follow team software development methodology.
- Serve as technical resource with respect to applications.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.




Education & Experience:


Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


- Current knowledge of latest software and design standards.
- Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
- Knowledge of and ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
- Ability to recognize and recommend needed changes in user and/or operations procedures.
- Basic knowledge of software engineering principles.

- Strong knowledge of at least one programming language.


Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Abilities May Include:


- Ability to learn new technologies and processes quickly.
- Knowledge of common Linux utilities and ability to write custom scripts.
- Knowledge of web technologies and platforms.
- Experience working on open-source software development projects.
- Proficiency with Java.
- Working knowledge of Python.
- Working knowledge of Django.


Physical Requirements*:


- Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
- Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
- Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
- Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


Working Conditions:


May work extended hours, evening and weekends.


Work Standards:


- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4821
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 85937




How to apply


Alissa Hafele
Operations Manager, LOCKSS Program
Digital Library Systems and Services
Stanford Libraries


Published: Friday, January 31, 2020 17:14 UTC

Last updated: Friday, January 31, 2020 17:14 UTC