Migration Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2023


Library IT & Digital Scholarship Administration

About the Department

Widely known as guardian of one of the largest academic library collections in North America, the University of Chicago Library is redefining its role as a provider of services within an increasingly open global knowledge ecosystem. We value open and equitable access to knowledge, freedom of speech and inquiry, and working in partnership within and beyond the UChicago community. We are creating a working environment that embraces innovation and respect and that celebrates and develops staff.
As part of the University of Chicago, we offer a wide variety of strong benefits and programs to academics and staff. From a choice of comprehensive health plan options and wellness programs, short and long-term disability insurance, continuing education opportunities including educational assistance plans, competitive retirement plans and paid time off (vacation, personal and university holidays), we’re committed to providing benefits and a work environment that matters!
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Job Summary

Performs programming work in support of the NEH-funded UChicagoNODE, a partnership between the University of Chicago Library and the Humanities Division to bring together existing digital assets and interfaces from the Library and faculty projects into a comprehensive, modernized, sustainable digital humanities ecosystem.


  • Convert existing metadata into linked-data format.

  • Migrate Digital Collections into an OCFL-based file structure.

  • Works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Works with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements for developmental programs. Receives a moderate level of guidance to design applications to meet University and business requirements.

  • Coordinates implementation with web developers and Unix/Linux systems administrators.

  • Investigates, analyzes and resolves day-to-day technical problems using standard procedures.

  • Performs code testing on components and works to ensure that appropriate implementation standards are met. Evaluates design alternatives for development cost and solutions using various methods.

  • Performs other related works as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • At least three years of experience with two or more programming languages, including Python.

  • Experience working in an academic library or similar research environment.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems on own initiative and as part of a team.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to manage complex technical details.

  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical staff.

  • Conceptual and analytical skills and attention to detail.

  • Problem solving abilities.

  • Ability to read and write documentation.

  • Ability to work quickly and carefully.

  • Ability to program at an advanced level in one programming language.

  • Familiarity with XML technologies.

  • Demonstrable Unix/Linux literacy (must be able to use sed, awk, grep, etc. effectively from a Unix/Linux command line and in shell scripts to accomplish appropriate tasks).

  • Working knowledge of a revision control system required, preferably Git and GitHub.

Working Conditions

  • Sitting, typing, and reading from computer screen for long periods of time.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

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