2 March 2022



Fixed Term

Cambridge University Libraries have embarked on an exciting five-year Digital Preservation Programme to establish the new Digital Preservation Service.

Based at the main University Library, an exciting opportunity has come up for a Senior Developer and Operations (DevOps) specialist on the Programme. The Digital Preservation Programme is a ground-breaking first for the University Library and transformative, delivering the foundations for the management of digital collections for the future, with ambitious goals to achieve the best user experience and maximise the potential of precious digital collections in a long-term sustainable way.

The Digital Preservation Service will support digital collection materials from when they are acquired or created through to when they are accessed and used by readers, to ensure that current and future users can access and use materials of cultural and historic importance and of global significance. The Library's digital collection materials consist of digitised images created from print and physical artefacts, research publications and data, and born-digital archives, amongst others.

Based within the Digital Innovation and Software Development team and working with the Programme's Technical Lead, the DevOps is a dedicated role to implement the systems and tools required to deliver a digital preservation service that meets the needs of collection materials and users within the Libraries and the wider University.

The scope of this work includes a cloud-native and open-source digital repository and digital preservation system to underpin activities that ensure current and ongoing access to digital materials, as well as the implementation of additional tools that provide capabilities for the deposit of digital materials as well as search, discovery, access and use.

The DevOps will join the Digital Innovation and Development team, and work as part of the Digital Preservation Programme Team, liaising with heads of departments, operational staff, collections staff and academics.

The successful candidate will have a wide-ranging technical skillset that includes experience with:

  • Cloud-native architecture and development

  • Agile development methodology

  • IT infrastructure, security, and current standards

  • Databases (structured and non-structured), data standards and data formats, as well as transformation tools

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

If you have any questions about the vacancy or the application process, please email John Gostick, Technical Lead Digital Preservation at jag245@cam.ac.uk


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