Position available: Digital Repository Software Developer

West Lafayette
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Created: April 8, 2008


Position available: Digital Repository Software Developer Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Purdue University Libraries seek an experienced, enthusiastic research associate to provide professional programming and software development expertise for a variety of digital repository applications of the Purdue University Libraries, especially to help develop, maintain, deploy and support a data repository based on the Fedora digital asset management architecture and custom middleware.

The Libraries have embarked upon a dynamic new role within the University, emphasizing integration of librarians into the research mission of Purdue. Librarian researchers are involved in many interdisciplinary research activities across the campus, ranging in areas as diverse as climate change, chemical engineering, agronomy, creative arts and biology. Libraries faculty apply library science knowledge and expertise to interdisciplinary research projects, serving as co-investigators on grant proposals (e.g., NIH, NSF, etc.). The digital repository environment recasts the role of library science in the digital library landscape.

Responsibilities: Conduct creative inquiry and analysis to develop prototypes and software applications related to preserving and providing long-term access to scientific data. Collaborate with data producers and repository contributors to develop cutting-edge software applications for managing data. Organize access to data and related resources using traditional and emerging metadata schema. Code appropriate applications to facilitate and enhance access to datasets and other digital collections. Develop specifications, implementation guidelines, and documentation for projects. Help identify research opportunities and collaborate with appropriate faculty and groups on campus to undertake data management related projects. The digital repository software developer reports to the associate dean for research and is an affiliate of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2) http://d2c2.lib.purdue.edu.

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a degree in a relevant subject discipline, or a demonstrated knowledge of computer science and technology through a combination of educational or research background and experience. Work experience with two to three years minimum software development experience. Sound working knowledge of Java, JSPs, HTML, web servers, Linux, XML, web services and relational databases. Excellent communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups of faculty and graduate research assistants. Excellent analytic and problem solving skills, and the ability to plan, coordinate, and implement projects.

Desired Qualifications: Masters Degree in Library Science (ALA accredited) and/or advanced, terminal degree in a relevant subject discipline. Proficiency with XML and metadata manipulation. Background in developing Java servlets and EJBs. Experience working with a range of applications using current and evolving metadata standards and associated technologies, such as Dublin Core. Experience working with open source, repository-centered platforms such as Fedora.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This posting has a limited duration of three years with continuation beyond three years dependent upon funding.

Status and Benefits: Research associate, administrative professional position, non-tenure track. Twelve-month appointment with annual vacation of 22 working days. Flexible benefit programs. TIAA-CREF retirement.

Purdue University is a national leader in the areas of agriculture, business, engineering, science, and technology. Purdue is experiencing unprecedented growth in research funding and, in addition, will be completing a $1.5 billion capital campaign in 2007. Purdue has the third largest international student enrollment in the nation. West Lafayette/Lafayette is a growing, vibrant, historic community located about forty-five minutes from Indianapolis and less than two hours from Chicago: http://www.lafayette-in.com/.

Application process: Send statement of interest, resume and a list of references by email and surface mail to: Thomas L. Haworth, Human Resources Administrator, Purdue University Libraries, 504 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058. thaworth@purdue.edu Review of applications will begin March 15, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled.

Purdue University is an equal-access/equal-opportunity/affirmative-action employer.


Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 17:01 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:48 UTC