Established in 1990, the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature brings together various research projects also in partnership with other institutions, in particular four full-text electronic archives and one bibliographical database. We are currently redeveloping the latter projects and we anticipate further expansion in the field of Digital Humanities applied to music scholarship; hence we are looking for a highly-motivated person who can take responsibility of the technical side of these activities.
The Research Programmer will be responsible for researching, developing, deploying, supporting, and managing software to enable the curation, analysis, and study in the field of the history and theory of music, and for the integration, implementation, and maintenance of software for digital humanities projects. These applications may address needs related to digital content creation, storage, visualization, annotation, manipulation, and analysis. Software development activities encompass all phases of the software development lifecycle, including implementation of interfaces to other software systems and development of user interfaces for the tools developed by CHMTL.
The Research Programmer will work closely with the Principal Investigators of the various research projects hosted by CHMTL, as well as with the Director of the Center, in developing or customizing state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies; will collaborate with other technical personnel hired to execute specific tasks (for example, for special projects funded by research grants), and will ensure the integrity of data and of the general infrastructure; will provide assistance in conducting needs analyses for the development of new systems; will write technical documentation for grant applications; will participate in scholarly presentations and pedagogical demonstrations.
In addition to the development and maintenance of its current research projects, the Center has a strong pedagogical component. The research programmer will provide one-on-one assistance to a wide constituency that will range from undergraduate students to experienced scholars in performance, music theory, musicology, and other disciplines. He will also advise and assist those doctoral students whose dissertations include digital components. As appropriate, the programmer may also offer workshops and courses.
Defines project scopes, goals, and deliverables.
Develops project plans and associated communication documents.
Represents CHMTL at conferences, workshops, and meetings in collaboration with Center stakeholders.
Provides experienced design, development, testing, and configuration of software systems and computer programs.
Performs experienced analysis, programming, troubleshooting, bug-fixing, and tuning of new and existing software.
Consults with stakeholders/clients to review existing software solutions; develops new functionality and/or writes new code as needed; advises clients on critical decisions regarding information technology to improve overall business process efficiency.
Determines program module test procedures, generates required test data, and executes testing procedures.
Collaborates with other technical staff and stakeholders/clients to ensure optimum functionality, performance, accessibility, scalability, and security of supported software.
Documents software development efforts (changes, new functionality, issue/problem resolution).
Provides documentation, information, and training through formal and informal communications to end users, departments, and internal staff.
Contributes to project planning, formulating objectives, estimating tasks; performs studies to include feasibility, conceptual design, cost/benefit analysis, development and implementation planning.
Ensures that all protocols used in the development and maintenance of software is up to date and compliant with university policies and standards; researches and stays up-to-date on new industry software development standards, emerging technology, UX/UI design/philosophy, and accessibility standards.
Bachelor's degree (preferably in computer science, business systems, or a related field).
2 years of software development or related experience.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Proficient communication skills.
Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
Highly thorough and dependable.
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
Familiarity with digital humanities trends and developments and knowledge of Music.
Ability to work in a team is essential because of the collaborative nature of the activities.
Sound knowledge of at least 2 other scripting object-oriented programming languages (e.g. Python, Ruby, C++, Java), experience with server-side scripting (Apache, Linux, ASP/ASP.NET), RegEx and full-text search.
Ability to translate scholarly aims into digital analytical and display tools.
Understanding of the use of digital tools as they relate to humanistic research. The materials with which the Center is concerned range from manuscripts, printed books, musical scores, archival data and instrument collections, to bibliographies and other research aids.
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
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