UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER LIBRARIES
Digital Humanities Sr. Technical Assistant
POSITION CLASSIFICATION – Senior Technical Associate (exempt)
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Digital Humanities Sr. Technical Associate
SUPERVISOR: Assistant Dean for IT, Research, and Digital Scholarship
POSITION CODE– 1750 GRADE - 54
DEPARTMENT: Digital Humanities Center
DATE: September, 2015
The Digital Humanities Archivist Programmer (DHAP) collaborates with library staff, faculty, and
graduate students to develop and deploy innovative technological solutions in support of
research, pedagogy, and scholarly publication. Reporting to the Head of the Digital Humanities
Center, the DHAP is expected to research, analyze and evaluate potential projects; provide
advice and consultation on technology frameworks and applications; and design and develop
projects in collaboration with research teams. Current initiatives in the College of Arts and
Sciences at the University of Rochester include the Seward Family Papers Project, led by
History Professor Thomas Slaughter, to create an online scholarly edition of the family letters of
William Henry Seward; and Visualizing Temporal Narrative, led by English Professor Joel
Burges, to create a data visualization framework for temporal narrative. Other projects may
include database and interface design, web-based application development, and tools to enable
online discovery of scholarly content, and the creation of 3-D models for architectural study and
research. The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in making
technology accessible, understandable, and appealing to an academic audience.
• Providing technology support to the ongoing design and development of River Campus
Libraries Digital Humanities Projects, including the Seward Family Papers and Visualizing
Temporal Narrative Projects.
• Guiding (both formally and informally) DH research teams in the use of Web technology,
including on standards, best-practices and technological possibilities.
• Assisting in the design and development of technological frameworks to support digital
• Troubleshooting existing systems or systems in development.
• Developing database applications for data collection operations.
• Developing and integrating applications and tools to support both immediate project goals
and longer-term project goals.
• Provide expertise and support for the production of multimedia formats, including audio,
video, and 3-D modeling.
• Participation in research team meetings with library staff, faculty, and students.
• Maintaining a superior knowledge of Internet, database, and programming technologies,
both software and hardware, by attending seminars, classes, and conferences; visiting
relevant Internet sites; reviewing current literature.
Technical Qualifications, Requirements, and Experience (Required)
• Degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Film Studies or equivalent combination
of education and experience (5+ years)
• Significant experience and expertise with multiple programming and scripting languages (i.e.
• Drupal and/or other Website CMS
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