Applications Developer – Research Commons, The Ohio State University Libraries

The new and innovative University Libraries Research Commons ( is on a mission to provide services and support to faculty and graduate student researchers at Ohio State. We need a creative, service-oriented developer like you to join our IT team to solve technical problems for researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including the digital arts and humanities. It’s a great opportunity to work in a beautiful new facility, using the latest technologies available in the rapidly growing field of digital scholarship, at one of the top academic research libraries in the country. Projects may involve the use of large data sets, geographic information systems (GIS), text mining, qualitative analysis, and information visualization and modeling.

Here’s primarily what you’ll be doing:

  • Consult with faculty and graduate students on their research projects, identify functional and technical needs, and propose and implement technical solutions;
  • Write ad-hoc scripts, code applications, design databases, create visualizations, and perform analyses as deliverables to the researcher;
  • Research, experiment with, and recommend new technologies, resources, and data sources for digital research projects;

The Libraries is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the Libraries’ mission. We value work/life balance. You will have opportunities for remote work, and on-call time is limited.

Travel reimbursement and relocation assistance will not be offered with this position. This is a two-year term position with possible renewal and with eligibility for the full Ohio State benefits package.

Key Responsibilities:

In partnership with colleagues in the Research Commons, the developer will provide consultation to Ohio State faculty and graduate researchers in exploring technical solutions to support their research agendas in diverse subject areas, including the digital arts and humanities. The developer will assist in gathering functional and technical requirements, defining scope, documenting and prioritizing tasks, and estimating the feasibility of and timelines for the completion of projects. To implement solutions, the developer will be expected to write ad-hoc scripts, code applications, create visualizations, and perform analyses in available software. Research projects may involve the use of large data sets, geographic information systems (GIS), text mining, qualitative analysis, information visualization and modeling, and websites/online exhibits. The developer will also explore, evaluate, and recommend new and alternative technologies, resources, and data sources to researchers.

Supervision and Essential Duties:

  • May supervise student employees

On Call Support:

  • Applications/systems are assigned primary and secondary developers who are expected to respond to critical incidents during off-hours. These incidents are very rare. Our weekly scheduled maintenance window is 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursdays.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management information science, or engineering, OR
    • Master’s degree in library science, OR
    • an equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • 1+ years of programming experience (ex. Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, Perl);
    • 1+ years of experience working with relational and/or noSQL databases;
    • Demonstrated experience working with APIs;
    • Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following activities/tools:
      • GIS (ex. ArcGIS, CartoDB)
      • Textual analysis (ex. RStudio, Mallet)
      • Dissemination (ex. Omeka, Scalar)
      • Data visualization (ex. Gephi, Tableau)
      • Large dataset management.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience using a version control system, preferably git;
  • Experience working with faculty in higher education, a research lab, or other academic research setting;
  • Project management experience;
  • Familiarity with the values and practices of agile software development.

Please apply online at from July 23, 2016 through August 7, 2016.

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