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Software Developer

  • Job
    Junior & Mid Level
  • Software Engineering
  • Oxford

AI generated summary

  • You must be educated to degree level, have experience in object orientated frameworks and web development, be a user-focused problem solver, and a great communicator.
  • You will be part of an agile development team, using open-source software to enhance public access to research at the University of Oxford. Join a diverse team with opportunities for remote work and contribute to showcasing Oxford's academic output to the world.


  • You will be a developer who is committed to open research and the sharing of knowledge. You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), and must have experience in working with object orientated frameworks and with web development. You will be someone who is used to working alongside technical and non-technical colleagues, and be an excellent user-focused problem solver and communicator.


  • ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) is looking for a developer to join its development team to provide public access to the University’s research output: showcasing Oxford’s research and enabling academics to share their discoveries with the rest of the world.
  • As a full-stack developer you will be part of the team responsible for developing new features for end users, designing new systems and products, maintaining the ORA system, and improving system performance. Our work is focused on providing fast and efficient public access to research, ensuring the long-term preservation of digital content, supporting the Open Access Collections team, enabling academics within Oxford to make their research available, and working with partner institutions such as the British Library to share data.
  • You will be using open-source application software such as Ruby on Rails, Blacklight and Samvera repository solutions. You will join a thriving open-source community, with partners across the globe.
  • You will be joining our sprint-based Agile-focused development team under the direction and mentorship of the ORA Development Team Lead, based in the Bodleian offices in Oxford, with opportunities for remote working. The role is flexible based on experience and would be an ideal post for an early-career developer looking to take the next step, or for a more experienced developer looking to join a diverse and fast-moving team environment.
  • The role is a permanent, full-time position, working 37.5 hours per week, but there is an opportunity for part-time or shared work patterns with a minimum of 30 hours per week. There will also be some opportunity to work remotely.

Application Process

  • You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CVs or supporting statements submitted on their own will not be considered.
  • We aim to provide a supportive working environment and are happy to discuss training and professional development opportunities. The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Tom Wrobel, Software Development Team Lead, who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role (thomas.wrobel@bodleian.ox.ac.uk). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department


What programming languages and software will I be expected to work with in this role?

You will primarily be working with open-source application software such as Ruby on Rails, Blacklight, and Samvera repository solutions. These tools are used to develop new features, maintain the ORA system, and improve system performance.

Is remote working possible for this position?

Yes, there are opportunities for remote working in this role, but the primary office location is in Oxford. The role is flexible based on experience and may also allow for part-time or shared work patterns.

What kind of benefits does the employer offer for this position?

The employer offers a range of benefits including an excellent contributory pension scheme, 38 days of annual leave, childcare services, family leave schemes, a cycle loan scheme, and discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans.

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Mission & Purpose

The University of Oxford's mission is to advance learning, knowledge, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. It seeks to achieve this through its teaching, research, and scholarly activities. The University of Oxford aims to be a world-leading center of academic excellence and innovation. Its purpose is to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the pursuit of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines. The university is committed to providing a transformative educational experience, producing groundbreaking research, and contributing to society through the dissemination of knowledge and the training of future leaders.