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Reporting to the Head of Library Technology Services at Washington University Libraries, the Library Systems Engineer will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to building and maintaining library services and applications supporting the University’s mission. Platforms to be supported range from repository applications to resource discovery layers to related library systems, as well as emerging technologies in libraries such as data visualization platforms and instructional technologies. As a member of the Library Technology Services team, the successful candidate will play a key role in the architecture, development, deployment, monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting of new and existing library applications.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead the design, implementation and maintenance of library systems in collaboration with Libraries’ staff and campus stakeholders.
Gather requirements and develop specifications for library and research systems architectures, including Hydra, Fedora, Omeka, Primo, Wordpress, VMWare Vsphere, SAN disk array storage, and cloud storage.
Collaborate with campus-wide technology services to ensure proper implementation and management of hardware infrastructures, security policies and authentication/authorization procedures.
Participate in iterative testing and integration of user feedback throughout the development and implementation process.
Write and maintain documentation for systems architecture and application code for internal developers and the wider library development community.
Maintain awareness of national and international best practices and advances in library applications, frameworks, and implementations by actively engaging in library DevOps and research development communities (Samvera, Code4Lib, GIS, etc.).
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and 3 years’ experience, or equivalent mix of education and experience
Experience with hardware virtualization environments such as VMware
Strong experience with SQL, MySQL and related database platforms, including management and deployment
Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including basic administration and shell scripting
Experience working with SAN disk array storage as well as protocols like NFS and CIFS
Working knowledge of authentication and authorization technologies, including LDAP and Active Directory
Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and cloud services such as Office365, Box and AWS
Experience with automation/configuration management using either Ansible, Puppet, or Chef (Ansible preferred)
Knowledge of security best practices and experience automating security patching
Experience managing server-side technologies including Apache Solr, NGINX and/or Apache HTTP Server, Tomcat and/or Jetty, and Passenger
A working understanding of code and script (PHP, Ruby, and/or Python)
Experience developing and implementing the Hydra Framework, especially Fedora
Demonstrated experience with web-based development and software integration, for instance using REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability
Experience with a repository system, such as Hydra, a CMS like Drupal, or an exhibit curation system like Omeka
Familiarity with digital library metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH
Experience with hardware load balancing technologies and techniques
Knowledge of at least one open source programming language and/or web framework (e.g. Ruby/Rails, PHP/Drupal, Python/WSGI, Java/Tomcat)
Experience working in a large academic, cultural heritage, or research institution
Commitment to Open Source Software projects
Experience using Docker
Experience with testing, continuous integration (TravisCI, CircleCI), and continuous deployment frameworks
Experience with distributed version control, preferably Git/Github, for source code version control and collaboration
The Washington University Libraries is comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses. Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian and in association with 3 campus partners, the libraries’ operate as a collaborative system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university. The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 1.8 million e-books. The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Olin Library. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $60,801 - $79,092 annually.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.