[Humanist] 28.803 job: developer at Stanford

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Wed Mar 11 07:29:40 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 803.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:16:34 -0700
        From: Glen Worthey <gworthey at stanford.edu>
        Subject: Job posting: DH Developer, Stanford University Libraries

Digital Humanities Developer, Stanford University Libraries

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR), a unit of Stanford 
University Libraries (SUL), provides subject and technology expertise, 
software development, digital resources, and research services to 
students, faculty, and staff in support of the University’s academic 
mission. Due to the growing demand by Stanford faculty for software 
development and integration in the humanities and social sciences, SUL 
is seeking an experienced and innovative developer for CIDR.

CIDR combines decades of Library experience, expertise, and activity in 
support of computational social science, digital humanities, and related 
research and teaching in the Stanford community. CIDR collaborates with 
individual faculty and centers/departments like the Center for Spatial 
and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center 
for Computational Social Science, and the Institute for Research in the 
Social Sciences (IRiSS), where digital research is actively underway. 
CIDR is also a hub for collaboration and communication amongst digital 
humanist and social science scholars, library curators and professional 
developers, promoting a sense of shared purpose in the Stanford environment.

We are seeking a leader and innovator in the development of world-class 
technologies in support of interdisciplinary digital research. The 
successful candidate must have a deep understanding of scholarship in 
the humanities and/or social sciences. S/he will consult with faculty on 
scholarly projects to identify technical approaches, processes and 
tools; evaluate and integrate existing software tools for use in the 
humanities and social sciences; as well as design and implement new 
solutions.  The candidate should have both a broad and deep 
understanding of current the state of the art in digital humanities 
and/or computational social science, such as historical GIS, text 
analysis, natural language processing event modeling, large dataset 
management and transformation, spatial analysis, high performance 
computing concepts, or network analysis.

The CIDR Developer will join a distinguished and widely-recognized team 
of software developers and academic technologists with expertise in the 
digital humanities and computational social sciences.  In addition to 
working directly with faculty, s/he will collaborate closely with 
library staff and other library technology organizations to build 
innovative, sophisticated, sustainable, and generalizable tools and 
infrastructure to support path-breaking digital research at Stanford and 


-- Consult with and advise faculty to provide project definition and 
analysis, including defining project scope, requirements and 
specifications, and project design. Recommend and assist with the 
integration and use of technology in the projects.

-- Provide strong technical leadership and project management for 
CIDR software projects. Coordinate development resources to support new 
and existing projects in a sustainable fashion. Coordinate functional 
specifications and programming efforts, including code specification and 
review, dependencies and adherence to standards.

-- Design and develop state-of-the-art and reusable code, 
infrastructure, methods and processes for the support of computational 
social science and digital humanities.

-- Provide ongoing technology leadership and support for humanities 
and social science digital research projects. Support may include the 
evaluation and integration of existing tools, as well as the development 
of new applications. These applications may address needs related to 
digital content creation, content storage, content discovery, text 
analysis, data visualization, and the manipulation and analysis of data 
and other digital media.

-- Promote and represent CIDR, improving the visibility of its 
program, its standing, and its reputation across campus and beyond. 
Liaise with peers at other academic institutions and in industry, seek 
and develop funding opportunities, publish and present at professional 
conferences.  Review professional literature; participate in 
conferences, discussion groups, and other forums to stay abreast of new 
methodologies and practices relevant to the digital humanities and 
computational social sciences.


-- Master's degree in a humanities or social science discipline, 
computer science, or the equivalent in professional experience, plus a 
minimum of five years’ experience using technology in humanities and/or 
social science scholarship. A Ph.D. degree in a humanities or social 
science discipline highly desirable.

-- Demonstrated experience leading software development projects to 
successful completion, from conception through implementation and 

-- Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: 
natural language processing, text analysis, data-mining, machine 
learning, spatial analysis, network analysis, data modeling, and 
information visualization.

-- A proven record of developing robust and sustainable software 
applications both independently and as part of a team, from conception 
through implementation, including the architectural planning, design, 
coding, testing, debugging, and documentation phases of a software 
development project.

-- Experience with relational databases (e.g., PostgreSQL/PostGIS, 
Oracle, MySQL, MS-SQL), and software languages (e.g., Javascript, PHP, 
Python, Ruby/Rails, Perl). Experience with Linked Data technologies a plus.

-- Experience developing dynamic and interactive media, preferably 
with experience developing applications for a touch-environment.

-- Experience developing and integrating tools in an open source 

-- Experience with the integration of digital media into web 
applications and/or collaboration systems (e.g., Drupal, Sakai, Canvas, 

-- Experience working closely with faculty in an academic setting to 
create products that are acknowledged successes.

-- Familiarity with human/computer interface principles, and 
experience applying those principles in programming.

-- Familiarity with agile software development practices.

-- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

How to Apply

Submit your cover letter and CV at 
http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search (job number 65992), or go 
directly to 
Review of applications is ongoing; this is a "last call," so don't delay!

Questions?  Glen Worthey, <gworthey at stanford.edu>

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