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The following Senior Research Programmer position has just been posted at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  In order to receive full consideration, please submit applications by August 3, 2011.   PLEASE SEE FOR FULL JOB POSTING, which includes further details on preferred skills and important application instructions.


Senior Research Programmer

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science ( seeks to fill a 100% FTE, 12-month, Academic Professional position as a Senior Research Programmer to support the School's growing research computing needs.  The Senior Research Programmer provides professional programming, analysis, maintenance and technical research infrastructure support for GSLIS research projects and proposals.  The Senior Research Programmer reports to the GSLIS Associate Dean for Research (ADR), and works closely with GSLIS faculty, research scientists and graduate students, as well as with other GSLIS and University units such as CITES, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NSCA), the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3), and with GSLIS Research Services and GSLIS Core IT.

General Responsibilities:

 *   Provides analysis, software development and maintenance support for research projects and proposals.
 *   Consults and provides technical solutions for faculty research projects and proposals.
 *   Provides hardware system planning and support.
 *   Makes key contributions to the design, development and management of a GSLIS shared research software infrastructure.
 *   Leads analysis and strategic planning for GSLIS research computing.
 *   Works with the ADR and with Research Services to coordinate, liaise and integrate with GSLIS IT, University IT and with external entities.
 *   Stays current with industry technology and trends.


 *   Strong background in variety of programming/scripting languages, including Java and at least one of C++, Perl,  Eclipse IDE, MySQL, Python, PHP
 *   Experience with design and development of rapid prototypes
 *   Experience with the UNIX/LINUX operating system
 *   Demonstrated ability to handle large-scale, data-intensive computing challenges
 *   Ability to bridge between diverse research needs and technical solutions
 *   Experience with application trouble-shooting, quality assurance testing
 *   Strong writing and communication skills
 *   Scheduling flexibility is needed to meet researcher needs and deadlines
 *   Undergraduate degree
 *   Minimum three years of programming experience, showing increasing responsibilities

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

 *   Familiarity/interest in LIS research areas, including data mining, information retrieval, social network analysis, natural language processing
 *   Experience working in a team environment
 *   Experience researching, configuring and deploying open-source software
 *   Familiarity with academic environment, ability to work closely with faculty
 *   Familiarity with University of Illinois IT environment
 *   Good project management skills with demonstrated ability to use standard methods for organizing, securing and managing resources for research projects
 *   Undergraduate degree or higher in Computer Science or related field
 *   Five years or more programming experience

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (

PLEASE SEE FOR FULL JOB POSTING, WHICH INCLUDES IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON PREFERRED SKILLS/ABILITIES, AND IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.  In order to receive full consideration, please submit applications by August 3, 2011.  Interviews may occur before this date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.  The search will remain open until filled.

Maeve Reilly
Research and communications coordinator
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois
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