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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 50-27659
School Name University Library
Org Library Computing Systems
Posted to the Web 01/24/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade C
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks a progressive, career-minded DevOps Engineer to join its Library Technology Services team. Working with an emerging suite of tools, the DevOps Engineer supports quality digital services in the areas of discovery, fulfillment, repository systems, and researcher profiling. The position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development and Systems, and works closely with our corps of experienced developers and sysadmins.

The DevOps Engineer will collaborate to develop new practices for our technical team, building on our existing infrastructure that includes Docker, Ansible, and Jenkins. They will organize and promote high-quality releases of library applications from development to production. Other duties include: Research, plan and introduce continuous integration, automated builds, more frequent deployments, application monitoring, etc. Plan and implement robust production environments and contribute to high uptime/availability of library applications. Develop new features for library decision support software and collaborate in the process of security/privacy auditing. Participate in best practices such as integration testing, tracking QA processes and Jira, and coordinating UA testing.

The DevOps Engineer operates with independence and professionalism in managing job responsibilities, work priorities, methodologies, and routines. The position requires a readiness to research IT developments and tools, to apply the findings of research to design and programming, and in general, to act as a change agent. A good sense of humor is valued in the successful candidate joining a team of energetic and creative contributors. Responsibilities include timely and responsive communication, fulfillment of deadlines, and a readiness to engage in the bidirectional sharing of knowledge and expertise with colleagues. The developer participates in IT planning as well as the execution of planning priorities.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Demonstrated experience developing, managing, and deploying Docker images is essential. Experience with Linux systems and a programming language like Python or Ruby is required. Experience with Git, Ansible, and open source CI tools is preferred. Experience in a library or higher education environment preferred.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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