Visiting Research Programmer for Repository Development
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library - Illinois

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Visiting Research Programmer
for Repository Development
Academic Professional
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a full-time, three-year visiting aca-demic professional appointment in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library Soft-ware Development Group. Position may become permanent dependent on funding.

Duties and Responsibilities: As part of a team of repository developers, the Research Pro-grammer will be responsible for providing programming and technical support for all compo-nents of a large-scale digital preservation management system, codename Medusa, and the technical infrastructure for the IDEALS scholarly communications initiatives within the Univer-sity Library. As necessary, the Research Programmer may also provide technical support to oth-er scholarly communication or digital preservation research projects or related programs with-in the Library.
Detailed job duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Work with project stakeholders and senior programming staff to gather and analyze re-quirements for repository development and digital preservation, and recommend ap-proaches to meeting those requirements.
  • Working independently or as a member of a small team, will be responsible for implement-ing the approved recommendations, especially for in-house development, but also for cus-tomization or integration of purchased and open source software.
  • Apply best practices in various software development methodologies, including version control, automated testing and code refactoring, and leveraging appropriate programming frameworks and technical architectures to the requirements and proposed solutions.
  • May supervise student hourly or graduate assistant employees.
  • Encouraged to spend 5% of their time on personal research to learn new skills and stay abreast of the latest developments and trends in software development, especially in the context of a library setting.
  • May also have opportunities to participate in other research grant projects in the Library.
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 12 million volumes and significant digital re-sources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Li-brary is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University's mission of teaching, schol-arship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 aca-demic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.

The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an ar-ray of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The University of Illinois Li-brary Software Development Group (SDG) is an exciting and supportive team with whom to work that encourages continual learning and career growth. SDG developers work closely with library faculty and staff to design, customize and implement a wide variety of innovative and critical software, web services and technical infrastructure including IDEALS , Connec-tions@Illinois , BibApp , Vireo and Medusa . All academic professionals in the Library are en-couraged to take advantage of Investigation Time .

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s Degree; Solid understanding of core Web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript; Experience with one or more relevant programming/scripting lan-guages: Ruby, Python, VB/ASP, Java, etc.; Demonstrated ability to accurately convert client re-quirements and specifications into working code; Ability to work independently or under only general direction; Motivated, self-starter, proactive, resourceful, naturally inquisitive, desire to continuously improve; Strong oral and written communication skills; able to legally work in the United States by January 15, 2013. Preferred: Master’s degree in Library and Information Sci-ence, Computer Science or related field; One or more years of experience in developing and cod-ing interactive, data-driven Web applications in Ruby on Rails and/or Java; Experience with open-source software tools relevant to scholarly communication and libraries, specifically those related to repositories: DSpace, Fedora Commons, Blacklight and Solr; Experience working in a UNIX/Linux command-line environment; Experience with current software development methodologies and tools, such as agile and scrum, test driven development, source control and versioning, code refactoring and DRY; Experience working with XML, and library metadata and interoperability standards (e.g., PREMIS, MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH)

Salary: Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a three-year visiting academic professional position. If funding is available after the three years, the position could become permanent.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 work days' vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative up to a maximum of 240 days) plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System is required upon appointment (8% of member's salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate educa-tion in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu.

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indi-anapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or http://www.ccchamber.org/.

Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information includ-ing email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be re-ceived by February 19, 2013. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

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