Software Engineer

Feb 07 2024

The Bodleian Libraries is seeking a Software Engineer to support and develop the XML-based systems that underpin its manuscript catalogues and archival finding aids. These resources use descriptive metadata expressed in the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) formats.

About the role
You will be responsible for developing and enhancing tools and processes in support of collections cataloguing efforts and will work within a dynamic team in Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS) to make these resources available online through our ongoing technical development and support for search, discovery and access. You will also provide essential support for the systems underpinning the recently launched discovery service Manuscripts and Archives at Oxford University:

This is a permanent, full-time post, working 37.5 hours per week. The department offers a mix of flexible onsite and remote working and this can be discussed at the interview.

About You
You will have proven knowledge and experience in XML-based technologies, together with the ability to learn new technical skills quickly and the ability to work with people with a wide range of technical skills and expertise.

If you have any questions about the role itself, please contact Andy Irving, Senior Systems Architect: General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within our Human Resources department (

What They Offer
As an employer, The University of Oxford genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:
• An excellent contributory pension scheme
• 38 days of annual leave
• A comprehensive range of childcare services
• Family leave schemes
• Cycle loan scheme
• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
More information is available at

The University’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example, shared parental leave.

How to apply
You will be required to upload 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 on their own will not be considered.

Only applications received online by 12.00 midday (GMT) on Wednesday 6 March 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 22 March.