Opportunity for a Digital Preservation Specialist – Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer (Polonsky Fellow)

The Bodleian Libraries and Cambridge University Library have received substantial funding from the Polonsky Foundation to appoint six Polonsky Digital Preservation Specialists for a joint 2-year project.

Three posts will be based at each institution, and will work collaboratively to address the development of systems and services to support the long-term preservation of the libraries’ digitised and born-digital cultural heritage collections. The six posts offer an exciting opportunity to help shape the digital preservation activities at two of the world’s foremost research libraries, and to share with other the knowledge and experience learned.

As a Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer you will undertake research and training to build upon your expertise in the technical issues surrounding digital preservation and your awareness of the tools, systems and projects that seek to address these issues. You will also develop and/or implement digital preservation applications and services with the Bodleian Libraries, contribute to the development of a business case and sustainability plan for digital preservation operations, disseminate the key findings of your work to at least one conference and submit one journal article per year based on your work in collaboration with colleagues. You will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Polonsky team based at both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as with colleagues in BDLSS.

You will have an honours degree or postgraduate diploma, preferably in library or information science, or computer science or equivalent skills and experience, demonstrable knowledge of at least two object orientated programming languages, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a matrix team and with stakeholders. You will also have experience of implementing and documenting complex software, working with open source software, a version control system, and release management. A postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in a field relevant to digital preservation in any subject or discipline is desirable.

For more information and details of how to apply, see: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=123531

The closing date is 12.00 midday on Monday 13 June 2016. Interviews are anticipated to be held in late June 2016.



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