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Software Development Fellow

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 6, 2023

Software Development Fellow


Job ID: 2022-16063
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Information Technology

Princeton University


As part of a partnership between the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Sciences (NCCU SLIS) and the Princeton University Library (PUL), this position is only open to recent graduates of the NCCU SLIS program. Graduates from 2023, 2022, and 2021 are eligible.

Designed to strategically address the information profession's lack of diversity, this fellowship program will give the successful candidate an opportunity to gain experience and skills necessary to thrive as an information professional. Princeton University Library is committed to making a positive impact for underrepresented and under-considered groups in Information Technology (IT). We partner with Open Source and Library software development communities to create solutions which enrich research, teaching, and learning. We seek to create and support professional opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups through our recruitment and search practices and seek candidates who support our core values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect. Princeton University Library will assist the Fellow in preparing for the job market upon completion of the program.

Reporting to the Digital Library Development Manager, with regular one-on-one mentoring with a staff software developer and regular fellowship group mentoring, this position will be an integral member of the Digital Library Services (DLS) team. DLS is a software development group working collaboratively to build and maintain applications that support the teaching, learning, and research mission of Princeton University by ingesting and preserving digitized materials, building and presenting digital collections and exhibitions, and providing end-user access to digital resources.

DLS is excited to welcome new viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives from you as an early career software developer. Your experience is unique and it’s our belief that it will improve not just our software, but our processes and designs. You’ll be part of a team which is eager to learn from you as much as you’ll learn from us, and which will collaborate to meet the vision of Princeton, its Library, and our team.

DLS is one of three software development teams in the Library IT organization, working closely with Librarian stakeholders in addition to the IT Operations, Project Management, Imaging Services, and Assessment and User Experience groups. The incumbent will work with colleagues across the organization, focusing initially on learning the skills and tools required for software development, and moving into application design, development, testing, and maintenance.

Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.

The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.


Software development is an ongoing process of training, refinement, and collaboration. The Software Development Fellow will work with their team to develop independence in the following areas:

  • Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Best practices in software development
  • Design principles and practices for software architecture
  • Issue triage techniques and practices
  • As part of this training, the Software Development Fellow will draw on their own experience and insight to improve our training practices and documentation.

    Throughout the two year appointment this position will be an integral member of the Digital Library Services team, working alongside other developers to build and maintain Digital Repository and Digital Library Applications. This work includes:

  • Development and testing of application features, improvements, and bug fixes.
  • Implementation of software updates for maintenance, security, reliability, and user experience.
  • Participation in regular team check-ins, planning meetings, and retrospectives.
  • Collaboration with colleagues and product owners to specify use cases and define features.
  • Communication with stakeholders regarding complex systems as well as processes and plans.
  • Presentation at professional conferences, facilitation of workshops, or publication of blog posts that expand the impact of the department.
  • Contributions to open source communities on which DLS’s software depends.

  • Qualifications

  • Library or Information Science degree from the NCCU SLIS program. Graduates from 2023, 2022, and 2021 are eligible. Degree must be completed before June 12, 2023 start date.
  • Demonstrated interest in software administration or development
  • Capability to break problems into constituent parts.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with a small team
  • Strong motivation to learn and improve
  • Excellent written and oral communication

    Our fellowship coordinators are dedicated to supporting you through the entire process. If you’d like feedback and coaching on your application materials prior to submitting them, please send your contact information via this form and we will reach out to you.

    Applications must include cover letter, resume and academic transcript. In your cover letter, please discuss the impact you hope to have on the information profession’s lack of diversity. Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2023; position will remain open until filled. Professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions are encouraged to apply.

    Princeton University Library is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University's commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.

    As members of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, we are committed to "increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups."

    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS


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