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    The Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University has another job
    opening to announce. We have just launched a search for a Data Engineer, a
    crucial role in our team which puts high-quality, critically modeled data
    at the heart of our projects. Please circulate to potential candidates and
    consider applying. The position will remain open until filled but
    application review will begin after June 30. Here’s the link to apply and
    learn more, and I am also happy to answer questions:


    The full posting is included below for convenience.

    Best wishes, Julia
    Julia Flanders
    Professor of the Practice
    Director, Digital Scholarship Group
    Northeastern University

    Do you love learning the shapes of datasets, and molding them into
    something new? The Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) in the Northeastern
    University Library is excited to open a search for a Data Engineer. Working
    within a warm and collaborative environment dedicated to social justice,
    the Data Engineer gathers, organizes, manipulates, transforms, and
    documents a variety of humanities research data. The Data Engineer works
    with colleagues across the university to create sustainable platforms and
    data for community-led digital scholarship.

    The Data Engineer position is situated within the DSG, which is part of the
    Northeastern University Library. The Library is a vital partner in
    learning, teaching, and community-engaged research for a diverse R1
    university. Northeastern is committed to intensive research and
    experiential learning for students at all levels.

    The Digital Scholarship Group is based on Northeastern’s Boston campus.
    This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. Specific
    arrangements can be negotiated at the time of hire. The position will
    remain open until filled but application review will begin after June 30.
    To apply, please visit
    If you have any questions, please contact Julia Flanders (


    The Data Engineer has responsibility for helping DSG work with data in a
    wide range of formats, across multiple projects and often in unforeseen
    contexts. The Data Engineer develops data dictionaries, mappings between
    data standards, transformation routines, and other curatorial systems. This
    position also manages projects and engages in high-level needs analysis and
    project planning. The DSG is committed to digital approaches that consider
    the pedagogical, research, social, and ethical implications of data and its
    design and use.

    Working closely with other DSG and library staff, faculty collaborators,
    and students, the Data Engineer contributes to grant-funded and internal
    projects including the Boston Research Center; the Civil Rights and
    Restorative Justice project; the Digital Archive of Indigenous Language
    Persistence; the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service; Digital
    Humanities Quarterly; and the Women Writers Project. They will also take
    the lead on building DSG’s policies and practices in working with external
    data platforms such as Wikidata and partner project APIs. To support this
    work, expertise with tools like regular expressions and OpenRefine, and
    facility with data including RDF, JSON, XML, various API responses, and
    other formats will be important.

    We warmly invite people with various skills and levels of expertise to
    apply to this position. Candidates who meet some, but not all, of the
    qualifications listed below are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek
    colleagues who are committed to building an inclusive and diverse working
    environment and who have been and remain underrepresented or marginalized
    in the field of librarianship – including but not limited to people of
    color, LGBTQ+ people, individuals with disabilities and applicants from
    lower-income and first-generation library or academic backgrounds. We
    expect this position to be an ongoing learning experience and are committed
    to supporting professional development.


    We realize that this is a lengthy list of activities and qualifications.
    There are multiple paths toward success in this position, and each may look
    somewhat different depending on the successful candidate’s interests and

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or similar training in data
    science, information science, information design, or other relevant
    discipline preferred
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience working or studying in a data-intensive
    environment, preferably in an academic or non-profit research setting
    • Experience working with quantitative and qualitative datasets, especially
    with historical and cultural heritage data
    • Experience working with structured data formats (for instance, XML, RDF,
    JSON, CSV, relational databases) and with data conversion, data
    enhancement, and data analysis
    • Ability to write code to assist in carrying out these kinds of
    data-related work (for instance, using R, Python, SQL, SPARQL, XSLT, Perl,
    and/or regular expressions)
    • Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects and adapt to the evolving
    landscape of digital humanities
    • Collaborative problem-solving skills, and the ability to research and
    recommend solutions as part of a participatory design process
    • Commitment to thoughtful, adaptive engagement with the needs of community
    • Strong oral and written skills, ability to communicate across expertise
    levels and prepare project documentation
    • Desire and aptitude to grow skills (especially in technical areas) and
    learn new things

    The following skills are desirable but are not all essential for applicants
    to possess at the outset; we can provide training:
    • Knowledge of metadata standards relevant to research data, such as the
    Data Documentation Initiative
    • Experience creating, manipulating, and querying linked open data
    • Experience in open-source development practices and workflows, preferably
    within an academic or non-profit environment
    • Experience working with databases, data management systems, and APIs
    • Experience with developing and leading workshops
    • Experience communicating complex ideas about data and how it is used to
    many audiences

    Salary Range:

    $82,725 – $93,000

    About the Digital Scholarship Group

    A recognized leader in the field, the Digital Scholarship Group supports
    digital modes of research, publication, and collaboration through applied
    research, systems and tools development, and consultative services. The DSG
    offers a friendly and closely collaborative work environment, and actively
    fosters the professional and intellectual development of all of our
    colleagues and collaborators, including training opportunities and

    Our team engages with faculty in the digital humanities and quantitative
    social sciences from across the university to develop digital research and
    teaching projects, organize events, plan grant-funded initiatives and
    provide training and mentorship. We also work in close partnership with
    Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections, the NULab for Maps, Texts,
    and Networks, and with cultural heritage partners in Boston including the
    Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Public Library.

    We develop tools and platforms for working with digital artifacts and data,
    for querying and publishing them. We also provide workshops, mentorship
    opportunities, and pedagogical frameworks to the Northeastern community.
    Some of our major projects include the Boston Research Center, the Civil
    Rights and Restorative Justice Project, and the Digital Archive of
    Indigenous Language Persistence, as well as a number of digital archiving
    projects from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections. In all of our
    projects, we are attentive to inclusive and anti-racist approaches to data
    modeling, platform development, and collaborative working processes.

    About the Library

    The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University
    by working in partnership with the University community to develop and
    disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and
    professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning
    environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and
    delivering information resources and services to library users.

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to
    recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.
    Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives
    to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group
    relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
    consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color,
    national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any
    other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of
    diversity and inclusion, please see http://www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

    About Northeastern

    Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the
    recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our
    world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty,
    alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of
    discipline, degree, and campus.

    Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland,
    Maine; San Francisco Bay area; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver;
    and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our
    growing global university system. Through this network, we expand
    opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative,
    solutions-focused research.

    Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs—
    in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the
    doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195
    multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for
    purposeful lives and careers.

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