Library IT DevOps Engineer

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The University of Michigan Library is seeking a talented and motivated DevOps Engineer to join the Library IT Architecture and Engineering (A&E) team in building and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the Library’s public and staff-facing enterprise services. The successful candidate will join a skilled and forward­ thinking team of engineers who deploy and manage modern technology infrastructure in support of digital preservation, research, publishing, archives and broad public access to U-M Library and HathiTrust Digital Library resources. Architecture and Engineering, a department of Library IT, supports these projects with the application, server, storage, security, and workflow infrastructure required for hosting web applications and processing digital library data and metadata.

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 world­changing 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.

In Library Information Technology, we champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.


  • Install, configure, test, debug, modify, and maintain systems and software, including container orchestration solutions, Linux-based servers, storage systems, operating system utilities, system-level software, scripts, and custom software applications
  • Maintain automated system provisioning and management with Puppet and other relevant tools
  • ­­In collaboration with service stakeholders, developers, and architects, analyze business and user needs and deploy systems infrastructure solutions to meet those needs
  • Monitor hardware resource utilization and make/recommend improvements to efficiency
  • Create and maintain documentation for teammates who support and build on each other's work and documentation for developers who rely on A&E infrastructure

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and at least 2 years experience relevant to position responsibilities, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work accurately, efficiently, and dependably with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with container orchestration using Kubernetes or similar
  • Experience with automated infrastructure management using tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, etc.
  • Modern programming skills in any language, including version control, test-driven development, and debugging

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated at the Systems Programmer/Analyst Intermediate rank $68,000 - $75,000 (101944) (IT190). Final salary will be determined by experience and qualifications.

Interviews for this position will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Relocation to Ann Arbor and working on site is optional for the first full year of employment (i.e. the position can be fully remote for at least the first year). Support for remote work will be reevaluated each year, taking into account evolving University and Library policy as well as team responsibilities.

This position is funded indirectly by annual revenue generated by HathiTrust, and will be appointed for a 3-year term with the possibility of reappointment for additional terms.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

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

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.