Student Developer positions in the Shapiro Design Lab

The Shapiro Design Lab is an ever-evolving experimental space in the Library focused on creating engaged learning opportunities and experiences across research, artistic, and teaching projects. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate students to help pilot a new program focused on engaged learning experiences through software project development. Taking its inspiration from New York Public Library Labs and the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, this cohort will work on experimental projects that push what an academic library can be.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Dependability and reliability
  • Effective communication in a complex environment
  • Project development and management
  • Interest in collaborating with individuals from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints
  • Experience with one or more of the following development areas:
  • Git and Github
  • Front end + back end web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Rails, PHP, etc)
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other open hardware
  • Mobile and other application development (C, C++, Objective C, etc)
  • Data collection and analysis (Python, R, etc)

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with neural networks and other forms of machine learning
  • Experience with Amazon S3 and ec2
  • Experience with Augmented Reality development platforms
  • Interest in accessibility or community/citizen science

We understand that no one will be good at all of these skills; this is a team effort that will rely upon collaborations of multiple people with different backgrounds and strengths, both within and beyond the Library. If you feel that your experience and/or expertise is not represented in this list, please share this in your application.

Student Developers will be expected to work 10-15 hours per week, at a rate of $15/hour. While some of the work should happen within the Shapiro Design Lab, we understand that some work will occur off campus.

In order to apply, please fill out the following application and send a current resume to

Applications will be accepted until September 15. If you have questions, please email