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JOB: Lead Developer at University of Virginia Library/Academic Preservation Trust

University of Virginia Library and Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) seeks applicants for a Lead Developer. APTrust is a distributed digital preservation repository serving several universities in the United States. We run a suite of preservation services in Docker containers on AWS using ECS/Fargate, Redis/Elasticache, NSQ, RDS/Postgres, Glacier, S3, and Wasabi. In addition, we provide cross-platform terminal and desktop apps to help depositors push new materials into our repository. APTrust operates in the US Eastern time zone and applicants should be eligible for employment in the United States. This position is eligible for 100% remote work.
We’re seeking an experienced Go developer to maintain and extend our suite of online services. In this position, you will:
  • Work with depositors to define new features
  • Design, code, test, and document new features
  • Help maintain and troubleshoot operations in the existing system
  • Help improve processes for testing, release, and deployment
  • Manage contractors or student workers doing development, testing, or documentation projects
  • Occasionally present your work at conferences
  • Work with many smart, interesting people from around the US
In this position, you will NOT:
  • Be doing day-to-day Ops work. The Lead Engineer for DevSecOps has that covered.
  • Be putting out fires or working late to resolve issues in production. We’re running a stable and busy system thanks to a well-designed architecture, years of production experience, and a strong emphasis on unit, integration, and end-to-end testing.
About Academic Preservation Trust: The APTrust is a robust consortium of higher education institutions and similar entities committed to the creation and management of a sustainable environment for digital preservation of scholarly and cultural resources. What makes the consortium resilient is our collaborative culture, transparency, and ongoing collective consideration of digital stewardship challenges. We develop, adopt, and promote collaborative solutions and good best practices in digital preservation.
About the University of Virginia Library: The University of Virginia was conceived with a library at its heart, placed in the Rotunda at the head of the Academical Village. Today, the UVA Library’s original purpose remains unchanged: to provide access to accumulated knowledge and, in so doing, increase it — in short, to advance learning.
The Library is here to ensure that the University community has the information it needs for teaching, research, and personal enjoyment and enrichment. Regularly ranked in the top quartile of ARL libraries, UVA Library has six locations, more than 220 staffers, and more than 100 student employees. Staff members support a collection that includes more than 20 million manuscripts and archive materials, 4.8 million books, 4.5 million e-books, and hundreds of thousands of journal subscriptions. Additionally, as a major research institution, the Library regularly collaborates with professional organizations such as the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Virginia Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and others.
The University of Virginia Library is committed to a culture of mutual respect, civility, inclusiveness, cooperation, mindfulness, accountability, and acceptance of individual differences. Departments and individuals are expected to work together, both in professional collaborations and in creating a culture where all can thrive. Library staff enjoy generous benefits for the use of Library materials and professional development, in addition to UVA’s standard benefits package.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of related work experience. An additional 4 years of experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Extensive experience writing production systems in Go.
  • Experience with Git.
  • Strong SQL skills.
  • Intermediate-level (or greater) knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
  • Experience building and maintaining REST APIs.
  • Experience building and maintaining command-line applications.
  • Experience with or general understanding of the following cloud services.
    • Docker/ECS/Fargate
    • Redis/Elasticache
    • NSQ or similar queue service (SQS, RabbitMQ, ZeroMQ)
    • RDS/Postgres
    • S3 & Glacier
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work closely with others on a technical team.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience writing or maintaining distributed cloud-based systems.
  • Experience with Go’s gin web framework a plus.
  • Experience with Postgres database administration.
  • Experience with digital preservation and BagIt packaging standard preferred.
The UVA Library supports career development and provides opportunities for both formal and informal training as part of professional development. We are interested in reviewing candidates with a broad range and combination of experiences, education, and qualifications. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.
Anticipated hiring range: $110,000 – $130,000.
Review of applicants will begin June 3, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled.
Please visit UVA job board: and search for “R0060701”
Complete an application online and attach:
  • Cover letter to include your interest in the position and your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences.
  • Resume or CV.
***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. ***
The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per university policy.
For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter, or Hiring Manager,
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.