LOCKSS Software Engineer

California, United States
17 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

A strong internal candidate has been identified for this position.

Stanford Libraries seeks an experienced Java developer with expertise in digital preservation software engineering to join our team as LOCKSS Software Engineer.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a proven track record conceptualizing, designing, implementing, deploying, and maintaining LOCKSS-based distributed digital preservation applications, extending both the classic LOCKSS system and the LAAWS microservices suite. Full-stack experience in the areas of WARC-based repository storage, Solr indexing, Docker containerization, Kubernetes orchestration, Vagrant virtualization, Web archiving technologies, and Web replay technologies is strongly desired for this position.

The Libraries values are rooted in a commitment of mutual respect and the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant. We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives and collaborate with colleagues across the organization.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

About this Position:

The LOCKSS Program (https://www.lockss.org/) maintains and provides support for the open-source LOCKSS software, which powers distributed preservation networks used by libraries and publishers worldwide to ensure durable access to digital content. While LOCKSS networks enable the preservation of all types of digital materials, the LOCKSS Program retains a strong focus on scholarly publications since its inception. This focus is reflected in the substantial work that the LOCKSS Program undertakes processing content for inclusion in the CLOCKSS Archive (https://www.clockss.org/) and the Global LOCKSS Network (https://www.lockss.org/join-lockss/networks/global-lockss-network), on behalf of libraries and publishers. To carry out this work, the LOCKSS Program builds tools and manages pipelines for content ingest, curation, and preservation, using LOCKSS plugins as a major building block. LOCKSS technology is a core part of a portfolio of Stanford University Libraries' digital library initiatives with international recognition and impact.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

Core Duties

  • Conceptualize design, implement, and develop solutions for complex system/programs independently.
  • Work with a variety of users to gain information, and develop intra-system tradeoffs between different users, as necessary; interact with a diverse client base and outside vendor contacts.
  • Document system builds and application configurations; maintain and update documentation as needed.
  • Provide technical analysis, design, development, conversion, and implementation work.
  • Work as a project leader, as needed, for projects of moderate complexity.
  • Serve as a technical resource for applications.
  • Compare, evaluate, and implement new features and technologies, and integrate them into the computing environment.
  • Follow team software development methodology.
  • Mentor lower level software developers.

Minimum Requirements Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Expertise in designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications using Java technologies.
  • Proficiency with application design and data modeling.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications.
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Ability to lead activities on structured team development projects.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
  • Knowledge of the distributed digital preservation application domain.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Abilities May Include:

  • Relevant experience implementing, deploying, and maintaining distributed digital preservation applications based on LOCKSS software and technology.
  • Relevant experience extending the classic LOCKSS system and the LAAWS microservices suite.
  • Relevant experience in devops, Docker containerization, Kubernetes orchestration, and Vagrant virtualization.
  • Experience in digital preservation, Web archiving, scholarly communications, digital libraries, open source software development.
  • Expertise with Java, and related development environments (e.g. Eclipse, IntelliJ) and build tools (e.g. Ant, Maven).
  • Proficiency with Java application frameworks (Spring, Spring Boot, JUnit 5, Mockito) and Java-compatible REST API frameworks (Swagger, OpenAPI).
  • Proficiency with Docker, Kubernetes (e.g. MicroK8s), Vagrant.
  • Proficiency with Linux and traditional command line tools and ability to write complex shell or Bash scripts.
  • Ability to research, assess and learn specifications and new technologies quickly.
  • Knowledge of Python or other additional programming languages.
  • Experience working on open-source software development projects.

Physical Requirements*

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand.
  • Rarely use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions

  • May work extended hours, evening, and weekends.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University‚Äôs research, teaching and clinical missions.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4822
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 88079

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