Full time Remote / Telecommute

Digital Library Data Engineer

Cambridge, MA
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Created: May 30, 2024


This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded through 6/30/25. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance. 

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration.  We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused, and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you!

The Library Technology Services (LTS) team at Harvard University is seeking an inquisitive and motivated Data Engineer to join our exciting project to build the the university’s next generation Digital Preservation System. This role will be responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of data APIs, extract/load/transform (ETL) activities, helping to manage data migration from existing data endpoints to the new systems and defining data integration services for our application portfolio.

The Data Engineer will collaborate with cross-functional teams across all phases of Digital Preservation System project including requirements analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. Responsible for overall data management design and construction, ensuring optimization of data access, integration, and utilization. Manage interface and connectivity between multiple data storage sources using advanced database administration expertise.

Typical Core Duties:

  • Lead aspects of data management services which may include database and analytics platform research and design, database performance and optimization, recovery/load strategy and implementation, and data modeling 
  • Collaborate;
    • to prepare data verification and testing methods for data/applications loaded into the warehouse, or other data repositories, to ensure compatibility across different sources
    • with business partners to determine needs and evaluate solutions 
  • Code, develop, and document complex scripts integration mappings and workflows, and stored procedures 
  • Provide technical expertise and direction in developing and supporting system level programs 
  • Troubleshoot advanced data problems and recommend appropriate action 
  • Create new or enhanced components of data architecture and interfaces 
  • Provide training to clients and staff 
  • May function as subject matter expert or project lead 
  • Actively contribute to formulation of plans and policies 
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software and equipment 
  • Advanced knowledge of ETL (Extraction, Transformation, and Loading), reporting and database technologies 
  • Advanced communication, technical and project management skills 
  • Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor.  
  • Ability to code in Python and/or Javascript/NodeJS 
  • Familiarity with Oracle, Postgresql and MySQL, strong database skills in one 
  • Ability to specify and/or build data bound API services 


Additional Information

Please provide a cover letter with your application.

Please note:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening. 
  • We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship. 
  • This position has a 180-day orientation and review period. 

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request an accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department. 


Work Format Details

HUIT actively supports hybrid and remote work where business needs allow. This position has the option of being primarily on-site, hybrid or primarily remote. If hybrid or remote work is approved, additional travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work. Examples include bi-annual or quarterly Town Halls, critical business meetings or other work events. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

More about HUIT:
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University.  Our mission is to assure Harvard’s leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology.  HUIT’s core values are User Focused, Collaborative, Innovative and Open.

HUIT’s core values are: 

  • User-focused 
  • Collaborative 
  • Innovative 
  • Open 

IT Academy (designed for IT Staff):
HUIT’s IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here: https://itacademy.harvard.edu/ 


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Salary Grade 058

Department: Library Technology Services

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EEO Statement

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Submitted by: stuart_snydman@harvard.edu

Published: Friday, May 31, 2024 22:37 UTC

Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2024 22:37 UTC