Digital Humanities Developer

New Haven, CT
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Salary: 80000 - 110000
Created: April 29, 2022


Digital Humanities Developer

Library - Digital Humanities


University Job Title

Digital Humanities Developer

Bargaining Unit

None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type

Full time

Duration Type


Compensation Grade

Administration & Operations

Compensation Grade Profile

Manager; Program Leader (25)

Wage Ranges

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Work Location

University Library System

Worksite Address

120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family

Computing and Information Systems, Library

Total # of hours to be worked:


Position Focus:

At the intersection of digital humanities, data science, and new forms of computational scholarship, this position designs and implements innovative applications supporting research projects by Yale scholars, including undergraduate & graduate students and faculty.  This position has a dual focus on data analysis in textual, visual and auditory domains using languages such as Python, and the accompanying software stack supporting web applications that make the results this analysis usable in interactive and innovative fashions.  Examples of this include the Lab’s open-source software such as PixPlot and Intertext (see  Working in partnership with the Digital Humanities Lab’s User Experience Designer and Program Manager, this position will both create new software platforms, and implement open-source data science and digital humanities software for use at Yale and beyond.

The Digital Humanities Developer focuses on technological solutions and platforms that are crucial to Digital Humanities work. The role works in a Linux web server environment, and deploys MVC-based, RESTful web applications to AWS or similar hosting. The position creates, maintains, and updates open-source repositories of code developed at Yale, as well as projects adapted from other institutions. The position works with both traditional relational and NoSQL database contexts, depending on the requirements of the specific project.

The individual in this position will work to capture requirements from project participants, including clients and DHLab staff,  in an ongoing and iterative process. This role has the sole responsibility for determining the architecture, design, data schema, and development timeline to bring technical projects to successful completion. This position works alongside faculty, students, and librarians as clients and collaborators, to specify and realize complex Digital Humanities projects, and is responsible for evaluating project needs and recommending and implementing the best solution.

This position is a core member of the Digital Humanities Lab, part of the Yale University Library,  housed in a newly-renovated space in Sterling Memorial Library at the heart of campus. The lab serves Yale scholars who wish to collaborate across disciplines, with a focus on STEM/Arts & Humanities (STEAM) projects and data science methods applied to humanities research questions.

Based on the needs and priorities of academic departments, this position has the potential to create and teach credit-bearing classes on humanities data mining. See [] for a typical course syllabus.

Essential Duties

1.  Provides technical expertise in developing programs or systems of moderate to large size. 2.  Responsible for the development and delivery of applications, programs, and systems. Evaluates departmental business and administrative processes and needs. Identify, define, and analyzes system requirements to meet the expectations of stakeholders and intended end users needs, scheduled timeline, and budgetary targets. 3.  Defines and designs new systems and applications. Provides business solutions. Performs complex problem solving. 4.  Provides technical guidance and recommendations for projects, including architectural design, technology selection and methodologies to apply. Responsible for the creation, definition, requirements, communication and management of project plans. Plans billable time and project implementation costs. 5.  Provides ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems. 6.  Drives the development of systems documentation. Develops formal design proposals and cost and time estimates for new systems. Trains and mentors technical staff. 7.  Recommends and creates new policy. 8.  Applies and keeps current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies. Provides ongoing input to the establishment of programming standards, procedures, and methodologies. 9.  May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelors degree in a related field and five years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong interpersonal and communications skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of collaborative teams. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated project management skills including background managing multiple priorities and experience with full lifecycle development. Proven ability to participate in and lead iterative discovery of project requirements from clients and organize those requirements into logical project phases.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Exceptional skillset in Python; ability to implement code written in other languages (such as Node.js) as necessary.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability to deploy code in web contexts, such as HTML5, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, and jQuery or similar; proficiency in revision control systems (such as GitHub), the UNIX command line (such as OS X and Linux), and databases (such as MySQL, MongoDB etc.).

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work effectively in digital humanities, academic technology, academic libraries, museums, cultural heritage or similar environments.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering, digital humanities, or data science. Experience with machine learning frameworks and data visualization libraries.

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Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

EEO Statement:


University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. Additionally, in accordance with Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran.

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Published: Saturday, April 30, 2022 17:33 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, April 30, 2022 17:33 UTC