Software Engineer (Research Application Development Team) at the Getty

At Getty Digital, we’re re-imagining how we can use software to provide access to our collections and research.  We intend to provide a deeply connected, consistent experience for scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts as they explore the complex information held across the Getty.

We’re looking for a developer to work with our Research Application Development team.  This team is responsible for the online presentation of the Getty Research Portal, the Getty Museum collection online, the Provenance Index, AATA Online, the Getty vocabularies, and other initiatives focused on the discovery and presentation of cultural heritage information. It’s a highly collaborative team with regular co-working sessions, code review, and pair programming as common practices.

As a Software Engineer, you’ll report to the team lead, and will be responsible for working with them and the rest of the team to help plan and execute software initiatives across the Getty, as well as supporting existing applications and projects.  You will also be responsible for collaborating, sharing with and learning from a talented team of software developers. You will work with subject matter experts, UX researchers, designers, and other software development teams, collaborating to build experiences that help share the information shared across the Getty with the larger world.

Our software stack is Vue.js on the front end, with backend implementations in Python, data provided via APIs, and custom search interfaces using ElasticSearch.  The Getty is committed to using Linked Open Data across our architecture, and to the use of IIIF for access to rich media assets.

The Getty is among the most prestigious cultural heritage organizations in the world, dedicated to furthering the study of the history of art. You will work on an amazing campus amongst fabulous art, architecture, and archives, collaborating with world-class scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, and academics.  We offer 4 weeks of vacation a year, every other Friday off, excellent benefits, and a strong commitment to balancing work and personal life.

The position is being offered as a full-time, limited term employee funded through June 30, 2022.  The possibility exists that during or at the end of that term that the position is converted to a full-time, regular employee with no promise stated or implied.

Major Job Responsibilities

    • Help design, build, and maintain an ecosystem of applications presenting detailed information about the Getty’s collections and scholarship
    • Assist in the technical implementation of new features and applications
    • Participate in the day-to-day work of software development and testing
    • Help maintain and upgrade existing applications
    • Perform code reviews and provide feedback to peer developers
    • Follow Getty policies and best practices for software development


    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or a combination of education and relevant experience
    • 2-5 years software development experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


    • An interest in the work of cultural heritage
    • 2-3 years software development experience
    • Experience with a modern JavaScript framework such as Vue.js, React, or Angular
    • Experience with HTML & CSS
    • Experience with Python, Ruby, or Java
    • A working knowledge of backend code and coding practices
    • Experience with unit and end-to-end testing frameworks
    • Experience with Git and GitHub
    • Experience with writing and using REST APIs
    • Tact, diplomacy, and interpersonal skills

Useful Qualifications:

    • Expertise in Vue.js, NPM, & Webpack
    • Expertise in Python, Flask, and Django
    • Experience with Elasticsearch
    • Experience developing dynamic, data-driven web applications
    • Experience with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
    • A deep understanding of museum, library and archival practice, systems, and metadata standards
    • Experience with building and deploying applications using Docker and AWS.