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Software Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Software Engineer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170266
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech’s University Libraries seek a talented software engineer to join a focused and successful team of engineers in developing digital library and repository software solutions. The systems being developed enable management, preservation, and online discovery that support the research data and scholarly, scientific, and creative expression of researchers at Virginia Tech. The successful candidate will engage in digital preservation strategies and repository systems research within the Digital Library Development team and support an expanding suite of data and informatics technologies within the library.

- Primary responsibilities include designing, developing and deploying world-class, community-driven digital library and data repository software that utilizes skills including Ruby, Java, Python, JavaScript, XML, HTML, and CSS, libraries like Bootstrap, and frameworks like Ruby on Rails.
- Initial focus will be on developing Samvera/Hyrax/Sufia applications and Fedora Commons for local and broader initiatives including VTechData, and IMLS Grant funded deliverables such as building library cyberinfrastructure for big data.
- Technical contributions to integrative software deployment on to developing in-house and cloud-based data and web delivery systems, including understanding DevOps approaches, enabling developers and system administrators to best coordinate their efforts of data integration, applications development and packaging, including technologies such as Git, GitHub, Jira, Confluence, Travis CI, Ansible and Vagrant.
- Performs project related work to leverage and further develop existing infrastructures that preserve and offer interaction with unique scholarly research output and related library software and systems.
- Participates in code reviews, analyzes new technologies for potential adoption / integration into our main code base.
- Maintains professional growth by keeping abreast of emerging areas in digital curation and informatics.

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree.
- Demonstrated experience with web application development using Ruby-on-Rails, web application framework, and software development best practices (e.g., software version control, agile programming, issue tracking, documentation, and sound security practices). All experience must be verifiable, e.g., through professional employment or publicly available source code repositories.
- Ability to work independently and with initiative to identify and solve problems.
- Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups, both on site and remotely.
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Quick and self-bootstrapping learner. Particularly adept at quickly learning new scripting and programming languages.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master’s degree.
- Demonstrated ability to develop new programming skills quickly, and to grasp unfamiliar architectures and application designs quickly.
- Demonstrated ability to write simple, readable, elegant code within schedule limitations.
- Knowledge of DevOps, AWS/Azure/OpenStack, Hadoop, NoSQL, data science, and/or machine learning.
- Other web application development experience (e.g., Python/Django, Node.js, Symfony/Laravel, Spring/JSF and/or AngularJS/Ember/React, etc).
- Experience developing library and repository applications.
- Demonstrated success participating in community-based open source projects, especially those relevant to digital library architectures, such as Samvera, Hyrax, Sufia, Curation Concerns, Blacklight, Active_fedora, Fedora and/or Solr.
- Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to development projects, especially test-driven development and automated testing.
- Demonstrated proficiency in development in UNIX / LINUX / MacOS environments.
- In-depth knowledge of library policies and practice, metadata standards and the scholarly communication framework.
- Prior, successful experience working as a professional in an academic and/or library environment

Employment Conditions: Eligible for telecommuting
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

This position is eligible for Telework agreements to be determined on a case by case basis and approval by the department

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How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: $62,000 minimum commensurate with qualifications and experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Library
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm M-F or as assigned
Job Posting Date: 09/28/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/26/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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