The Digital Scholarship Developer position is a member of the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University, housed in Sterling Memorial Library at the heart of campus. The DHLab serves Yale scholars who wish to collaborate across disciplines, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, math, arts & humanities (STEAM) projects.
This position designs and builds rich-client, web-based applications to support the work of the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University, with a special emphasis on the needs of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (FVAHT). Using dynamic scripting languages such as Python and Ruby, the Programmer/Analyst produces code that turns research ideas into concrete reality. Working in a team including a DH developer and a UX & Visual Designer, this position is responsible for both new software platforms as well as the integration of existing library enterprise systems in support of digital scholarship at Yale.
The Programmer/Analyst focuses on technological solutions and platforms crucial to the Fortunoff Video Archive's goal of providing sophisticated discovery and access systems for its collection, including the development and integration of Digital Humanities affordances. The majority of the websites in the DHLab fit modern MVC-based frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails, Flask or Django in a Linux web server environment. The position creates, maintains, and updates open-source repositories of code developed at Yale, as well as projects adapted from other institutions. The position works with both traditional relational and NoSQL database contexts, depending on the requirements of the project.
The individual in this position will work to capture requirements from project leaders in an ongoing and iterative process. This role has the primary responsibility for determining the architecture, design, data schema, and development timeline to bring technical projects to successful completion. This position works alongside faculty, students, and librarians as clients and collaborators, to specify and realize complex digital scholarship projects, and is responsible for evaluating project needs and recommending and implementing the best solution.
Preferred Education: Master's Degree in computer science, computer engineering, or similar. Experience with one or more of the following: Crowd-sourced annotations, Corpus Query Engines, Geo-Spatial Analysis, Machine Learning Toolkits, or Data Visualization Libraries. Special consideration given to applicants with extensive experience working with Django, MongoDB, and one or more client-side MV* frameworks.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Master's Degree in computer science, computer engineering, or similar. Experience with one or more of the following: Crowd-sourced annotations, Corpus Query Engines, Geo-Spatial Analysis, Machine Learning Toolkits, or Data Visualization Libraries. Special consideration given to applicants with extensive experience working with Django, MongoDB, and one or more client-side MV* frameworks.
Posting Position Title: Digital Scholarship Developer
Required Skill/ability 5: Ability to work effectively in digital scholarship, academic technology, academic libraries, museums, cultural heritage or similar environments.
Required Skill/ability 2: Demonstrated project management skills including background managing multiple priorities and experience with full lifecycle development. Proven ability to participate in and lead iterative discovery of project requirements from clients and organize those requirements into logical project phases.
Required Skill/ability 3: Exceptional skill set in Ruby and/or Python; ability to implement code written in other languages (such as PHP frameworks and/or Node.js) as necessary.
Required Skill/ability 1: Strong interpersonal and communications skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of collaborative teams. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
University Job Title: Digital Scholarship Developer
Bachelor's degree in a related field and five years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Internal Number: 47577BR
About Yale University
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.