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Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Virginia Tech's University Libraries seek a talented software engineer to join a focused and successful team of engineers in developing digital library and repository software solutions. The systems being developed enable management, preservation, and online discovery that support the research data and scholarly, scientific, and creative expression of researchers at Virginia Tech. The successful candidate will engage in digital preservation strategies and repository systems research within the Digital Library Development team and support an expanding suite of data and informatics technologies within the library.
- Initial focus will be on developing Hydra/Sufia applications and Fedora Commons for local and broader initiatives including VTechData, and IMLS Grant funded deliverables such as building library cyberinfrastructure for big data.
- Technical contributions to integrative software deployment on to developing in-house and cloud-based data and web delivery systems, including understanding DevOps approaches, enabling developers and system administrators to best coordinate their efforts of data integration, applications development and packaging, including technologies such as Git, GitHub, Jira, Confluence, Travis CI, Ansible and Vagrant.
- Performs project related work to leverage and further develop existing infrastructures that preserve and offer interaction with unique scholarly research output and related library software and systems.
- Participates in code reviews, analyzes new technologies for potential adoption / integration into our main code base.
- Maintains professional growth by keeping abreast of emerging areas in digital curation and informatics.
- Advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a related field, or a Bachelor's degree with a comparable experience in professional user interface, web application, or software development.
- Demonstrated experience with web applications development (e.g., website with source code in GitHub or Bitbucket, contributions in open source projects and/or Quora, stackoverflow).
- Demonstrated experience with web application framework
- Demonstrated software development following best practices including knowledge of software version control, agile programming methodologies, issue tracking, documentation, and sound security practices.
- Ability to work independently and with initiative to identify and solve problems.
- Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups, both on site and remotely.
- Demonstrated ability to develop new programming skills quickly, and to grasp unfamiliar architectures and application designs quickly.
- Demonstrated ability to write simple, readable, elegant code within schedule limitations.
- Quick and self-bootstrapping learner. Particularly adept at quickly learning new scripting and programming languages.
- Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Strongly preferred: Ruby/Ruby on Rails and/or Python/Django experience
- Other web application development experience (e.g., Symfony/Laravel, Spring/JSF and/or AngularJS/Ember/React).
- Experience developing library and repository applications.
- Demonstrated success participating in community-based open source projects, especially those relevant to digital library architectures, such as Hydra, Sufia, Curation Concerns, Blacklight, Active_fedora, Fedora and/or Solr.
- Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to development projects, especially test-driven development and automated testing.
- Demonstrated proficiency in development in UNIX / LINUX / MacOS environments.
- Knowledge of DevOps, AWS/Azure/OpenStack, Hadoop, NoSQL, data science, and/or machine learning.
- In-depth knowledge of library policies and practice, metadata standards and the scholarly communication framework.
- Prior, successful experience working as a professional in an academic and/or library environment.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Review Date: 04/03/2017