The Stanford Literary Lab is a research group that specializes in the computational and quantitative analysis of textual materials, particularly literature. Housed in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Literary Lab maintains a roster of internal research projects, as well as a set of collaborations, both within Stanford and with other research centers and scholars outside of the University, both nationally and internationally. The Lab's work involves text mining, natural language processing tasks, statistical modeling and visualization design. For more information on the Literary Lab, please see: litlab.stanford.edu .
Execute all programming tasks, including programming, analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, modifying, and maintaining computer programs. Work on systems of moderate size and complexity or segments of larger systems.
This is a two-year fixed term position at 80% time. The Literary Lab seeks to hire a lead developer who will provide close computational and analytical support to current and future researchers at the lab. The lead developer will work closely with lab members, both faculty and students, to create new analytical workflows on a project by project basis and to develop and implement code that supports the core research work of the lab. One of the developer's primary responsibilities will be maintaining the Lab's textual corpus repository, including maintaining and extending an interface and/or API to provide access to this material. Additional duties include serving as the lead programmer on lab projects, writing code for feature identification and extraction, designing new visualizations for research outcomes, and attending project and lab meetings on a regular basis. As the demands of individual projects at the lab are unique, the lead developer will be responsible for designing ad hoc computational solutions on a case by case basis, as well as developing multi-use programs that are accessible to researchers in the humanities. The lead developer will coordinate their efforts with the wider digital humanities community at Stanford, including CESTA's other labs and projects.
We expect and desire that the lead developer will dedicate a portion of their time designing and implementing their own research projects, in keeping with the research goals and mission of the Literary Lab and in close consultation with lab directors. As a member of the Literary Lab and in accordance with our research practices, the lead developer we seek to hire will also be credited on lab publications for projects that they support.
Conceptualize, design, implement, and develop solutions for complex system/programs independently.
Work with a variety of users to gain information, and develop intra-system tradeoffs between different users, as necessary.
Document system builds and application configurations; maintain and update documentation as needed.
Provide technical analysis, design, development, conversion, and implementation work.
Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate complexity.
Serve as a technical resource for applications.
Compare, evaluate, and implement new features and technologies, and integrate them into the computing environment.
Follow team software development methodology.
Mentor Lab-affiliated students and staff through the process of acquiring specific technical skills.
* - Other duties may also be assigned; not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.
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