The Software Engineer is responsible for the creation, implementation, maintenance, performance, production support and documentation of user interfaces and software at the Sheridan Libraries including the Roman de la Rose digital library, the Archaeology of Reading, Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts and other digital humanities collections and projects. This includes but is not limited to the installation, modification, and testing of new and/or upgraded applications (packages or home grown), operating systems, file structures, hardware, communication devices, and productivity tools. Applies analysis techniques and procedures to gather and then translate business requirements into functional/technical specifications and designs. Using functional specifications and designs, produces all or part of the deliverables. Maintains databases and application system code.
Job Scope/Complexity: Responsible for full life-cycle of medium to large sized complex projects; strong technical skills; strong ability to understand complex business processes. Develops solutions based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience; influences client towards innovative/integrated solutions. Works closely with Senior Software Engineers, Project Manager and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC).
*Position will begin on March 1, 2019 and end on September 30, 2020
Describe the position’s roles & interactions: Applies analysis techniques and procedures to gather and then translate business requirements into functional/technical specifications and designs. Using functional specifications and designs, produces all or part of the deliverables. Maintains databases and application system code. Responsible for full life-cycle of medium to large sized complex projects; strong technical skills; strong ability to understand complex business processes. Develops solutions based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience; influences client towards innovative/integrated solutions. Works closely with Senior Software Engineers, Project Manager and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC) who will set priorities and direction for this role.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Position will work with open-source software based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) with enhancements or modifications based on requirements from a project funded by the Andew W. Mellon Foundation. This software supports a range of scholars, primarily from the humanities who use the digital resources of the Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts, Archaeology of Reading and the Perseus Digital Library. Position will also have to work with external teams that have developed similar technology.
The complexity of the role arises from the interaction of multiple technology platforms that will be aligned to support a common data model. In addition to modifying community-based open-source software, the position will also have to work with a locally developed platform (Reveal) and software developed by other teams (e.g., T-Pen, Digital Mappa).
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT:
- Develop detailed tasks by analyzing project scope and milestones for complex projects in order to ensure product is delivered in a timely fashion according to software lifecycle standards.
- Develop/change data input, files/database structures, data transformation, algorithms, and data output by using appropriate computer language/tools to provide technical solutions for complex application development tasks.
- Document code and associated processes by adhering to development methodologies, adding code comments and appropriate documentation to various knowledge-base system(s) to simplify code maintenance and to improve support.
- Provide thought leadership in designing and developing innovative integrated solutions.
TESTING AND DOCUMENTATION:
- Create and document complex test scenarios using the appropriate testing tools to validate and verify application functionality.
- Test all changes by using the appropriate complex test scenarios to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handling in a meaningful way.
- Author and maintain documentation by writing audience-appropriate materials to serve as technical and/or end-user references.
IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE:
- Implement changes by adhering to the change management policies and procedures for any given project to communicate to all parties the nature, significance, and risk factors of the solution.
- Monitor changes and resolve complex problems by responding as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy the customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to the new solution.
- Provide support by investigating and resolving issues, including complex issues to ensure prompt, effective service.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree required. Five years of related work experience with computer systems and applications including:
- Experience with REST web services
- Experience with JSON-LD, XML and Git.
- Deep understanding of the HTML DOM (Document Object Model), CSS, layout, browser compatibility.
- Deep understanding of Model-View-Controller paradigm/design pattern, and implementing such.
- Experience with a UI platform/framework.
- Experience with Solr/Lucene.
- Experience using Maven for project build and management.
- Collaborative and creative approach to problem solving.
- Understanding of or familiarity with IIIF.
- Experience with JQuery.
- Familiarity with Java.
- Familiarity with Ruby on Rails.
- Understanding of RDF.
- Experience with Python.
- Experience with Node.js.
Additional experience may be substituted for education and additional education may substitute for experience as permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.
Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
• Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
• Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
• Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
• Ability to work collaboratively in a distributed team environment.
• Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
• Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
• Possesses sound documentation skills.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.
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