Digital Preservation Specialist - Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer 
(Polonsky Fellow)
Bodleian Libraries Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS), Osney One, 
Osney Mead, Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 with a discretionary range to £41,255 p.a. (pay 
award pending). An annual market pay supplement of up to £1,448 may also be 
payable and is subject to annual review
The Bodleian Libraries, at the University of Oxford, and Cambridge University 
Library have received substantial funding from the Polonsky Foundation to 
appoint six Polonsky Digital Preservation Fellows (two technical posts, two 
outreach and training posts and two policy and planning posts) for a joint 
2-year project. One of each post will be based at each institution, and will 
work collaboratively to address the development of systems and services to 
support the long-term preservation of the libraries' digitised and born-digital 
cultural heritage collections.
These posts offer an exciting opportunity to help shape the digital 
preservation activities at two of the world's foremost research libraries, and 
to share with others the knowledge and experience learned. Five of the posts 
have now been filled and we are seeking a Technical Officer/Research Software 
Engineer to join the team in Oxford.
As a Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer at Oxford you will undertake 
research and training to build upon your expertise in the technical issues 
surrounding digital preservation and your awareness of the tools, systems and 
projects that seek to address these issues. You will also develop and/or 
implement digital preservation applications and services within the Bodleian 
Libraries, contribute to the development of a business case and sustainability 
plan for digital preservation operations, disseminate the key findings of your 
work to at least one conference and submit one journal article per year based 
on your work in collaboration with colleagues.
You will work closely with the other Polonsky Fellows based at both Oxford and 
Cambridge and with colleagues in Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services 
(BDLSS). Travel to other sites, conferences and institutions in the UK and 
internationally will be required.
You will have an honours degree or postgraduate diploma, preferably in 
library/information science or computer science, or equivalent skills and 
experience. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least two 
object orientated programming languages, have excellent interpersonal and 
communication skills and the ability to work as part of a matrix team and with 
stakeholders. You will have experience of implementing and documenting complex 
software, working with open source software, a version control system, and 
release management. A postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in a 
field of relevance to digital preservation in any subject or discipline is 
Whilst this is formally a Grade 7 role, we would welcome an application from 
you if you have potential but less experience and are seeking a development 
opportunity (appointment at Grade 6: £27,328 - £32,600 with a discretionary 
range to £35,609 p.a., pay award pending). The responsibilities will initially 
be adjusted accordingly and a development pathway will be agreed with you, with 
the expectation of training and mentoring you into the full Grade 7 role within 
an agreed timeframe (anticipated to be 1 year). This is an amazing opportunity 
for you to build on your current skills and experience.
We would also welcome an application from you if you are interested in doing 
this role as a secondment. Please discuss secondments with your line manager in 
the first instance, as you must have their agreement that you can be released 
and meet the secondment eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
This post is full-time and fixed-term for 2 years.
Benefits include 38 days leave (including bank holidays and fixed closures), a 
generous pension scheme, extensive training and development opportunities, 
access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted 
access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For 
more details please see:<>.
Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a 
Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The 
possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not 
necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are 
judged individually according to the nature of the role and information 
You are required to submit a CV and a Supporting Evidence Form as part of your 
application. This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting 
Evidence form in place of the more usual 'supporting statement'. Please ensure 
that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job 
Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting 
Evidence form.
Only applications received online before 12.00 noon on Monday 31 October 2016 
can be considered. Interviews are anticipated to be held in week commencing 14 
or 21 November 2016.

For full details and to make an application, visit

Best wishes,

Michael Popham | Head of Digital Collections & Preservation | Bodleian Digital 
Library Systems & Services | Osney One Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW | 
Tel: +44 (0)1865 280025 Fax: +44 (0)1865 204937 |

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