The Brown University Library invites applications for the newly-established position of E-Science Librarian. As the Library’s primary liaison for scientific data management, the E-Science Librarian plays a central role in developing library services and guidelines to support scientific research. Together with other Scholarly Resources Librarians, the Center for Digital Scholarship and relevant library and campus partners, the E-Science Librarian will work to increase the Library’s ability to collect and provide access to scientific data, and will act as a resource for students and faculty grappling with issues of data curation, digital methods for scientific research, and emerging digital resources. The E-Science Librarian will contribute to the development of data management plans for funded projects, and will assist in data extraction, reporting, and monitoring compliance with established data management protocols. S/he will contribute to the work of the Brown Digital Repository by helping to develop the requirements and work flows necessary to support research at Brown; by advising teaching faculty on the management of data and providing technical support for use of analytical tools; and in serving as an agent between researchers and the Library’s repository.
The successful candidate will maintain a strong level of competence in scholarly communications issues such as copyright, open access, repositories, data curation, and licensing of online resources. Similarly, the candidate will also maintain competence with tools and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research (data mining, visualization, etc.). S/he will also use his/her knowledge of available print and electronic resources to build appropriate collections and to advocate for the fields to which he/she is assigned. To fulfill these responsibilities successfully, the E-Sciences Librarian will be someone with a strong academic background in the sciences and have significant hands-on experience with relevant technologies and applications.
- Advanced degree in physical or life sciences, data curation, or related disciplines
- 3-5 years of experience working in the field.
- An understanding of the research process as demonstrated by academic or work experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data management/curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data retrieval and use issues.
- Familiarity with one or more current scientific data and metadata conventions.
- Experience with one of the commonly used repository platforms (Fedora used locally).
- The ability to acquire new technological skills and resolve problems in a resourceful and timely manner.
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students.
- Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong analytical and organizational skills; ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative and innovative attitude.
- Grant writing experience and familiarity with federal funding requirements.
- Experience working with relational databases and XML
- Two to three years relevant data management experience in academic or corporate setting
To apply for this position (JOB#B01291), please visit Brown’s Online Employment website (https://careers.brown.edu), complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; applications received by April 18, 2011 will receive first consideration. Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.