Ruby on Rails Developer, Princeton University Library

Princeton University Library is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Ruby on Rails developer to work on implementing Blacklight and other public-facing Rails applications.  

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 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.

The incumbent, working with existing library developers, will play a key role in the development, planning, documentation, testing, and deployment of new and existing applications, and actively participate in the communities that exist around those applications.


  • BA in Computer Science or a related field
  • Extensive and demonstrated experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience with Solr, Apache, Tomcat and/or Jetty; and SQL (MySQL or other)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary web standards (HTML5, JavaScript, etc.) and relevant frameworks (JQuery, Bootstrap, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with Rails application deployment patterns
  • Experience with Test Driven Development
  • Experience with at least one other programming language (e.g. Python, Java, PHP)
  • Competency with Git/Github for source code version control and collaboration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Knowledge of and experience with library descriptive metadata formats (MARC, MODS, Dublin Core, EAD, VRA)
  • Familiarity with Linked Data and Linked Data publishing patterns
  • Work experience in an academic library
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems
  • Advanced degree in Library or Computer Science
  • Experience with a NoSQL DB such as MongoDB
  • Experience working with and committing to Open Source Software projects

NOTE: This is a two year term position with the possibility of renewal.

Please see for how to apply.

The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check.

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