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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a skilled programmer to help create and maintain large scale digital library and publishing systems. The successful candidate will work with a team of software developers, publishers, librarians, and designers to build the Fulcrum [] publishing platform, built on Samvera [] (formerly Hydra) and Rails, to serve Michigan Publishing and the University of Michigan Press. This position will focus on creating web apps to support content production workflows, format conversion and metadata processing, while participating in full-stack web development in support of the entire platform. The new system both leverages and contributes to an active open source community in order to serve complex digital publications from a digital repository.  This is an opportunity to join a skilled and forward thinking group and to gain experience with modern technologies that support digital preservation, research, publishing, archives, and broad public access.

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.



  • Participate in the analysis of business and user needs, and the design of solutions involving computer systems and software.

  • Develop, debug, modify and maintain complex software systems, including the full stack of components behind data driven web applications and APIs.

  • Configure and customize open source software and engage in collaborative development activity using modern tools and techniques.

  • Engage with an active community, within the Library and in the broader Samvera community, around best practices and future directions of the Samvera stack.

  • Review system and software designs and prepare and conduct functional tests.

  • Create and maintain internal documentation.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and two or more years experience, or an equivalent amount of experience and education.

  • Demonstrated programming skills in a modern programming language.

  • Experience working in a Linux environment.

  • Experience and comfort working collaboratively in a version-controlled codebase.

  • Experience and comfort working directly with non-technical stakeholders.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

  • Intellectual curiosity, the desire to discuss why we develop what we develop, and a willingness to learn.

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with MVC (model/view/controller) framework-based, database­ driven web development.

  • Familiarity with applying WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards.

  • Experience with version control systems such as GIT and GitHub.

  • Experience with test-driven development.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

The minimum salary for this position is $55,000.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.