Digital Scholarship Web Developer

Connecticut, United States
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Digital Scholarship Web Developer position is a member of the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University, housed in Sterling Memorial Library at the heart of campus. The DHLab serves Yale scholars who wish to collaborate across disciplines, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, math, arts & humanities (STEAM) projects.

This position designs and builds rich-client, web-based applications to support the work of the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University, with a special emphasis on the needs of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (FVAHT). Using dynamic scripting languages such as Javascript, Python and Ruby, the Web Developer produces code that turns research ideas into concrete reality -- for example, data dashboards or web-based maps.

The DS Web Developer focuses on technological solutions and platforms crucial to the Fortunoff Video Archive’s goal of providing sophisticated discovery and access systems for its collection, including the development and integration of Digital Humanities affordances. The majority of the websites in the DHLab fit modern MVC-based frameworks, such as Zend, Ruby on Rails, Flask or Django in a Linux web server environment. The position creates, maintains, and updates open-source repositories of code developed at Yale, as well as projects adapted from other institutions. The position works with both traditional relational and NoSQL database contexts, depending on the requirements of the project.

This role contributes to determining the architecture, design, data schema, and development timeline to bring technical projects to successful completion. This position specifies and realizes complex digital scholarship projects, and is responsible for evaluating project needs and recommending and implementing the best solution.

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Essential Duties

  1. Provides technical expertise in developing programs or systems of moderate to large size.
  2. Responsible for the development and delivery of applications, programs, and systems. Identify, define, and analyzes system requirements to meet the expectations of stakeholders and intended end users needs, scheduled timeline, and budgetary targets.
  3. Defines and designs new systems and applications. Provides business solutions. Performs complex problem solving.
  4. Provides technical guidance and recommendations for projects, including architectural design, technology selection and methodologies to apply. Responsible for the creation, definition, requirements, communication and management of project plans. Plans billable time and project implementation costs.
  5. Provides ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems.
  6. Drives the development of systems documentation. Develops formal design proposals and cost and time estimates for new systems. Trains and mentors technical staff.
  7. Applies and keeps current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies. Provides ongoing input to the establishment of programming standards, procedures, and methodologies.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong interpersonal and communications skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of collaborative teams. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated project management skills including background managing multiple priorities and ability with full lifecycle development. Proven ability to participate in and lead iterative discovery of project requirements from clients and organize those requirements into logical project phases.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Exceptional skill set in Ruby and/or Python; ability to implement code written in other languages (such as PHP frameworks and/or Node.js) as necessary.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability to deploy code in web contexts, such as HTML5, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, and jQuery or similar; proficiency in revision control systems (such as GitHub), the UNIX command line (such as OS X and Linux), and databases (such as MySQL, MongoDB etc.).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering, data science, digital humanities or similar. Experience with one or more of the following: Crowd-sourced annotation systems, Web-based Geo-Spatial projects, Data Visualization Libraries, Data Dashboards. Extensive experience working with Django, MongoDB, and one or more client-side MV* frameworks.

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening : No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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