DATE ENTERED: July 6, 2017
POSITION: Digital Humanities Developer
LOCATION: The Scholars' Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
APPLY BY: No date specified

The Scholars' Lab has risen to international pre-eminence as a library-based center for digital humanities. The Scholars' Lab collaborates with faculty, librarians, and students on a range of projects and tools, including spatial humanities, data visualization, text analysis, digital archiving, 3D modeling, and experimental humanities. The Library and the Scholars' Lab are committed to diversity and safe spaces, and we have focused recent practice on accessibility and social justice in all senses. We welcome curious, critical, and compassionate professionals who are keenly interested in the overlaps between technology and the humanities (literature, history, art, cultural heritage, and related fields). We particularly welcome applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ, and others who are traditionally underrepresented among software developers, and invite you to contact us even if you do not currently consider yourself to be a software developer. We look for those with the ability to collaborate and to expand their technical skill set in creative ways. This is a full-time position with flexibility to help you achieve a healthy work-life balance. All our staff positions include 20% of time devoted to your own research initiatives and professional development, including access to our experimental humanities makerspace and other high-end facilities and expert collaborators.

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Head of R&D for the Scholars' Lab in the UVA Library, the DH Developer works with scholars from the humanities and social sciences to understand their needs and define project goals. Provides professional opinions on appropriate project deliverables and reasonable schedules for completion of projects. Collaborates on building applications that enable scholars and library users to collect, manage, produce, manipulate, or analyze digital information resources in interesting ways. Writes original code, and tests and improves existing code. Learns about and engages with new technologies toward widening and deepening the Scholars' Lab's pool of staff expertise. Creates documentation for both internal Lab and external non-technical audience use.

Qualifications: Required: Master's degree or equivalent experience through your job, hobbies, or other activities, preferably in the humanities or library/information science. Experience equivalent to one full-time year with either a programming language (such as–but not limited to–PHP, Ruby, Python, Java), or HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 2 years of web development experience, with tech skills demonstrated in an accessible portfolio of work. Familiarity with a code version control system such as Git. Ability to work and communicate with technical and non-technical collaborators. Interest in the humanities (literature, history, art, cultural heritage, etc.). Ability to scope and implement software in diverse environments. Ability to communicate effectively with researchers and fellow developers. Experience with programming language or experience with the front-end dev stack (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). Experience with version control. Preferred: Graduate degree or equivalent professional or other experience in the humanities or social sciences. Knowledge of and interest in the digital humanities. Experience with collaborative project work. Experience with any of the following: data collections, analysis, visualization, and interpretation; front-end web development and design; back-end web development; systems and database management; text analysis or image analysis methods and tools; frameworks such as Rails, Django, and Zend; TEI, XML, Solr, Cocoon, Tomcat. Experience taking initiative to suggest or begin new projects, and to carry out projects with little supervision.

Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at

Search by posting number 0621212, complete the application, and attach a cover letter and resume with contact information for three professional references.

For assistance with this process contact Charlotte Albright, Senior Human Resources Generalist, at (434) 243-3509.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.