Position posting: Digital Scholarship Programmer/Analyst

Northeastern University Libraries are pleased to announce a new position as part of our growing research and development activities in the fields of digital humanities and digital libraries. The Library is undertaking an ambitious agenda in support of emerging digital humanities and quantitative social sciences research efforts at Northeastern. With the launch of an enhanced digital repository service and an increasing number of major grant-funded projects, the Library is deeply engaged with the university’s research mission.

This position will work as part of a team that includes the staff of the Digital Scholarship Group and Library Technical Services, to develop and expand support for digital scholarship, digital repository services, discovery tools, and related critical library services. We are looking for technically confident, fast learners who are equally comfortable with collaborative development, thoughtful experimentation, and critical system support. Team members have opportunities to participate in grant-funded research, collaborate on cutting-edge digital scholarship projects, and lead the development of new tools and systems. If you are interested in exploring new ways that technology can support research in the humanities and social sciences, we would like very much to hear from you.

Digital Scholarship Programmer/Analyst

The Programmer/Analyst designs applications that interact with core components of the Library’s digital repository service (Hydra) and programs in such languages as Ruby, PHP, CSS, and JavaScript. Reporting to the Director of the Digital Scholarship Group, the Programmer/Analyst works collaboratively with colleagues in the Library and across campus, and participates in an ongoing evaluation of emerging academic and library technologies. The position works closely with the library and faculty colleagues to develop a sustainable software ecology that can be applied to range of scholarly projects in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines.

Please note: This is a two-year pilot position with opportunity for extension.


  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant development experience, preferably in higher education
  • Excellent knowledge of web development using Ruby on Rails required.
  • Significant experience with Hydra and Fedora, including customization of Hydra gems preferred.
  • Significant experience with front-end development — tools, techniques and workflow automation (using CSS and preprocessors, XHTML, JavaScript/JQuery, git/github, bootstrap responsive design framework, etc.).
  • Knowledge of current web development standards and cross platform compatibility and accessibility techniques.
  • Experience with Open Source software.
  • Ability to work in an API environment and experience with SOAP and/or REST desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written skills to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals and prepare project documentation to support training and best practices encoding guidelines
  • Strong interpersonal skill; ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and meet deadlines.
  • Experience with IT in a library or higher education setting desirable.


About Northeastern University Libraries

The Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. Resources include over 900,000 print volumes, 500,000 e-books, and 60,000 electronic journals. The Snell Library building welcomes 2 million visits a year on the Boston campus and the Library’s web site serves users around the world. In addition to a growing focus on networked information and extensive special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area, the library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives by developing its digital repository, digitizing unique collections, constructing integrated collaborative spaces, and fostering the adoption of digital media and the creation of new knowledge. Northeastern University Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.library.northeastern.edu.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. See http://www.northeastern.edu.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; first consideration will go to those received by February 26, 2016.

To apply for this position, and to view job grade and salary information, please visit: http://www.northeastern.edu/hrm/careers/index.html
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.