Research Data Infrastructure Developer

Requisition # 2022-14008
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(1/12/2022 2:53 PM)
Library-Information Technology
Job Type


Princeton University Library has two openings in Library IT, joining the current teams that manage our research data, discovery, and digital scholarship applications, including the Library Catalog, DataSpace, and the Open Access Repository


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.


In addition to local work, these positions participate in key Open Source communities outside of Princeton, contributing to development sprints, technical decision-making, and other community efforts to contribute to the overall health and sustainability of shared Open Source projects relevant to the interests of the Library.


Remote work arrangements will be considered.



This position will support research data and digital scholarship by developing and maintaining applications and workflows to support the lifecycle of digital scholarship materials, research data, and researcher identities. This position will help PUL provide enhanced support for management of scholarship and research materials into our existing systems, and also play an integral role in sustainably expanding PUL’s digital scholarship support strategies.  This position will work with stakeholders to address existing and emerging needs for digital scholarship and the data lifecycle, developing, supporting, and providing consultation to faculty for research and digital scholarship-focused services.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum three years experience, with similar responsibilities, 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 interfaces 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
Strong oral and written communication skills



Preference maybe given to candidates who have experience with open source software development, including the ability to communicate and collaborate with other developers and managers, in person and in writing, both locally and around the world, or with any of the following:



Experience with additional programming languages, such as Python and PHP
Proficiency with common tools for source code version control, collaboration, and deployment; such as Git, GitHub, Capistrano and Ansible.
Experience with DevOps and deployment automation

Data and Metadata:

Experience with relevant cultural heritage metadata formats (such as MARC, MODS, and Dublin Core); ideally with archival and/or geospatial metadata formats
Experience with digital scholarship and research data management needs, and institutional repositories
Experience with data harvesting APIs such as OAI-PMH or ResourceSync
Familiarity with best practices for data modeling and data management
Experience with post-graduate research as a primary researcher and/or in a supporting role is a plus 


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume, and references) will be accepted only from the Careers at Princeton website. 


Library IT at Princeton University Library is committed to making a positive impact for underrepresented and under-considered groups in Open Source and Library software development communities. We seek to create and support professional opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups through our recruitment and search practices, and seek candidates who support our core values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect.


Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University's commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.


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

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


Experience Level

Mid-Senior Level



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