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Library Software Engineer II

Princeton University
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Reporting to the Lead Library Software Engineer, this 3-year term position leads critical development on the creation and maintenance of software, workflows, multi-system integrations, and data extraction processes in service of TigerData, a data storage and management ecosystem that supports the advancement of research in the Princeton University community. Working on a team of developers in the Princeton University Library (PUL), you will be instrumental in crafting a holistic vision to serve the needs of researchers, developing software and tools for data curation, metadata entry and management, and automation workflows from multi-tiered storage on campus and externally, ensuring data integrity and safe transfer between storage stages, including movement of data to publication and long-term archiving.

Percentages: Development 100%


Note:  This is a 3-year term fully remote position



  • Build, test, debug, and document software designed to support research data management, including discovery, metadata extraction from common file types and other campus systems, and data movement workflows
  • Develop interfaces for the TigerData presentation layer using API 
  • Integrate with data sources such as ORCID, Globus, cloud storage, and existing data repositories. 
  • Analyze, transform, migrate, and process data and metadata 
  • Build tools and workflows to validate research data submissions
  • Automate and streamline manual or inefficient tasks
  • Help plan and estimate work on software projects 
  • Embedded with a team of PUL developers working in an agile environment 
  • Maintain a strong partnership with the PUL software development group to enhance collaboration in the implementation of TigerData 
  • Work independently, including organizing and coordinating projects, as well as work and communicate well on a team on common projects

Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a developer working in an environment that includes complex software systems, object-oriented programming, web-based applications and services, and distributed architecture
  • Demonstrated experience with an object oriented language, preferably Ruby or Java
  • Experience building complex web forms that drive workflows and meet contemporary usability guidelines using modern HTML, CSS, and Javascript frameworks
  • Demonstrated experience with test-driven development, preferably using RSpec or JUnit
  • Ability to work in a Linux-based environment
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and data/metadata formats
  • Experience with Agile software development practices
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on a team with other software developers
  • Familiarity with best practices for data modeling and data management
  • Familiarity with test-driven development



A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience


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Standard Weekly Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesProbationary Period180 daysEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver’s License RequiredNo Experience LevelMid-Senior Level#LI-TC1


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