Full Stack Web Application Developer

Website The University of Iowa Libraries


Library Information Technology (LIT)

Full Stack Web Application Developer (PIA2/4B)


The University Libraries aspires to be a leader in the research library community. We provide access to inclusive, diverse, and distinctive collections and preserve them for future scholars. We recruit and retain expert and responsive staff to lead and transform information services and innovative collaborations. We provide adaptive learning spaces and the technologies to support research and the creation of knowledge. We support and promote critical inquiry in an environment dedicated to the open exchange of information. We build a community of friends and foster a culture of philanthropy to achieve our goals.

The Role:

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks to hire a full-stack application developer to design, develop, test, debug, and troubleshoot web software and applications. Conduct system analysis and design, and provide technical leadership, training, and guidance to staff to support information technology business operations in a library environment.

Supported applications include commercial/open source applications as well as locally developed systems. Examples include the Iowa Digital Library (Islandora) and our library Finding Aids (ArchivesSpace).

This position will report to the Administrative Lead and work within the University Libraries Information Technology (LIT) unit to develop applications in support of public discovery and access of library resources and services.

Successful candidates will recognize the role our library plays within a major research university. They will be able to effectively communicate with people from diverse technical backgrounds. They will display an openness and willingness to support the work of librarians, students, faculty and researchers.



  • Implement, develop, and/or support backend technologies that may include MS-SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IIS, Apache, PHP, Ruby, etc.
  • Recommend, implement, and maintain CMS (Content Management System) systems and tools,  including WordPress, Drupal, Omeka and LibApps.
  • Install and configure vended and open source library web applications.
  • Create functional and technical specifications for local development, soliciting input from library staff and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Recommend programmatic solutions; modify, write, and document program code or code changes.
  • Recommend tools, languages, technologies, techniques, and standards. Build development environment automation.
  • Provide backup system administration support.
  • Provide second-tier support to library technical services and public services staff who maintain the data.
  • Provide third-tier support to students, faculty, and other library users.



Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience developing applications solutions.
  • Experience with a variety of programming languages that could include PHP, Python, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby on Rails, etc.
  • Experience with relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Experience with web publishing technologies such as Apache, IIS, AWS (Amazon Web Services).
  • Demonstrated ability to support a welcoming and respectful environment in a job-related experience, an academic setting, and/or the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with users from diverse technological abilities and background.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with CMS systems such as Drupal and WordPress
  • Understanding of the mission and function of a large academic library in a public research institution.
  • Experience working with authentication methods/tools.
  • Experience using versioning tools.
  • Experience with data extraction and manipulation via API (Application Programming Interface)
  • Familiarity with library standards such as MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging), Dublin Core and MODS
  • Experience using tools and toolkits for development and support of applications.
  • Knowledge of XML and JSON data formats.


Working at Iowa:

The University of Iowa Libraries values work-life balance and strives to provide flexible work options where possible.  This position is eligible for on-campus and/or remote work within Iowa and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with the remote work program and related policies and employee travel policy when working at a remote location.


Application Details:
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Applications are only accepted through the Jobs@UIOWA website.


In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents:

1.                     Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet each of the required and any desired qualifications of this position. To ensure strongest consideration, applicants are encouraged to review all required qualifications and state directly how they meet each of them.

2.                     Current resume


This job ad will be posted through at least March 17, 2024, and may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the position.

The hiring salary range for this position will be $56,000 – $70,000.  Salary will be based on qualifications and years of experience.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or [email protected].  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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