Senior Application Developer

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Senior Application Developer

Job Profile Title
Application Developer Senior

Job Description Summary

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks a progressive programmer to join its growing Digital Library developer team. Working with an innovative blend of
open-source and best-in-breed development tools, the Senior Application Developer creates software for multiple, complex digital library projects for discovery, repository systems, and business intelligence, including our repository platform 

Project work is designed and executed in teams comprised of software engineers, subject matter experts, and operations staff that emphasize collaboration and creative problem solving across a range of disciplines. The position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development and Systems, and supports a wide range of computing services which enhance and facilitate teaching, learning and research efforts of the University. Digital library development makes use of a full range of skills, including coding, technical architectures, application specifications, database design, and workflow analysis. The Senior Developer is responsible, along with other programmers, for testing, quality assurance and the life cycle management of library applications. The Senior Developer is a participant in and at times leads project teams to implement IT services, technical solutions and designs. The position also provides expertise on metadata that are relevant to digital library implementation and the development of local, reusable methodologies for metadata interactions.

Job Description

The Senior Developer operates with a high degree of independence and professionalism in managing job responsibilities, work priorities, methodologies, and routines. The position requires a readiness to research IT developments and tools, to apply the findings of research to design and programming, and in general, to bring best practices and the latest concepts in the field to application development. The senior developer participates in IT planning as well as the execution of planning priorities.

The work requires close collaboration with a variety of audiences, including Library staff at all levels, project managers and developers across campus, Penn faculty and researchers, and IT professionals from other institutions and commercial firms. The Senior Developer must be highly effective working in groups and with subject matter experts who may not be IT professionals. The successful candidate will join a team of energetic and creative contributors. Responsibilities include timely and responsive communication, fulfillment of deadlines, and a readiness to engage in the bidirectional sharing of knowledge and expertise with colleagues.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience application development, or an equivalent combination of education and experience are required.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Development experience with Ruby on Rails. Experience with specific library applications such as Samvera and Blacklight, and underlying technologies such as Apache Solr and Lucene. Experience required working in a Linux server environment and using continuous integration/deployment tools. Master’s degree preferred. Effective interpersonal communication is a must and demonstrated experience working in cross-agency project teams is highly preferred.


Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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