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Cornell University is hiring a

Preservation Applications Programmer

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • full-time

The Systems group in the Cornell University Library is looking for a Preservation Applications Programmer to support key new initiatives in digital preservation and archiving.

At Cornell, Library IT has a broad portfolio of projects, from supporting mission-critical library applications, to supporting outreach projects like, to supporting research and scholarship through projects like As part of the OLE partnership, we are collaboratively developing FOLIO, a next-generation open source Library Services Platform. The Systems group develops, maintains, and supports the technical underpinnings for all that, and works with developers, librarians, and support staff to keep it all humming.

One of the key challenges for modern research libraries is the management and preservation of digital content. This includes materials that are “born digital” as well as materials that have been digitized to protect the content as the physical items degrade over time. We need someone to help us implement the tools that will help us do that.

Are you the person to get us there? If so, you are an experienced programmer, comfortable with python and/or ruby. You’re comfortable pulling an open-source project out of Github, installing it in a linux command-line environment, and getting it up and running (even when the developer’s documentation is incomplete). You can talk with the non-technical folks who would use the system, understand their workflows, and map that to the application. When needed, you can dig in and modify and/or enhance the application to meet our needs.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years’ experience in developing or managing server-based software applications
  • Experience in python and/or ruby
  • Comfort working with linux-based servers in a command-line environment
  • Working understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with micro services and APIs
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills, with the ability to be creative and flexible in your approach to finding solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with both IT and non-technical staff

We would love to also get any of these:

  • Working familiarity with multiple programming languages
  • Linux systems administration and/or configuration management experience
  • Aptitude and eagerness to understand the principles of digital preservation and archival descriptive practices
  • Desire to integrate efforts into a team-based environment to develop digital preservation workflow and policy
  • Experience deploying applications in the cloud

Unfortunately, visa sponsorship or relocation assistance is not available for this position. This is a benefits-eligible, two-year term appointment.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

Apply by visiting the application link provided in this job posting. Submit one document that contains your cover letter and resume - preferably in pdf format. Applications will screened as they are received.