Discovery Infrastructure Developer

Princeton, NJ
Mar 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7268
Department Library-Deputy Univ Librarian
Category Information Technology
Date Posted 3/9/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.

The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.


As a member of the growing Library Systems Application Development team, the successful candidate will play a key role in the ongoing development, maintenance, and production deployment of new and existing library resource discovery applications, primarily using Blacklight and its associated technologies.

The developer in this position will work with a variety of data and metadata formats, and will be part of the team that manages the library's Blacklight-based discovery system. We are looking to expand the skills of our discovery team to include additional experience with geospatial and archival resources in particular, and, as such, developers with relevant experience in one of these areas who also meet the requirements listed below will be given the highest level of consideration.

This a full-time, permanent position, and remote working (telecommuting) arrangements may be considered based on experience.


Position Requires:

  • Demonstrated experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Demonstrated experience with relevant cultural heritage metadata formats; ideally with archival and/or geospatial metadata formats
  • Experience with Solr, Apache and/or NGINX, and SQL (PostgreSQL preferred)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary web standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, etc.) and relevant frameworks (JQuery, Bootstrap, etc.)
  • Competency with Git/Github for source code version control and collaboration
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and data/metadata formats
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Skills
  • Experience with Test Driven Development using RSpec
  • Knowledge and experience with Linked Data / RDF
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one other programming language (e.g. Python, Java, PHP; preferably Java)
  • Experience with Tomcat and/or Jetty
  • Experience developing applications for large academic, cultural heritage, or research institutions
  • Experience working with and committing to Open Source Software projects
  • Advanced degree in Library Science, Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, or another relevant field.

Software and Frameworks

Code Management and Deployment Tools in Addition to Git/Github
  • Capistrano
  • Ansible

Protocols and Data/Metadata Standards and Best Practices
  • Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS, MODS, VRA Core, EAD, SKOS
  • IIIF, ResourceSync
  • RDF/Linked Data
  • REST
  • Open Geospatial Consortium Standards

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AIT, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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