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Research Data Librarian

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Must use eJobs application on VCU Jobs, submit curriculum vitae, cover letter and in a single pdf, 3 professional references with contact information

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Number FA5230
Position Type Professional Faculty
Rank Open
Working Title Research Data Librarian
School/Unit VCU Libraries
Department University Libraries
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The VCU Libraries transforms our communities by enriching scholarship, learning, and clinical care through our teaching, our collections, and our leadership.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Research Data Librarian will collaborate with liaison librarians, researchers, the Office of Research and Innovation, and other stakeholders to organize, disseminate, and preserve data generated by the University’s research enterprise. This position provides professional vision and support for research data management which is critical to the success of the VCU research, educational, and clinical care mission. This position also contributes to the VCU Libraries organizational needs by elevating the overall data management literacy of library faculty and library staff.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian of Scholarly Communications and Publishing, the Research Data Librarian will work closely with librarians and research, teaching, and administrative faculty to improve research data management expertise and practice across the University. The Research Data Librarian will provide consultation, leadership, and thorough knowledge of best contemporary practice in research data management to faculty, research investigators and investigator teams, and students. The Research Data Librarian will help researchers create data management plans, determine long-term storage and curation plans for research data, select and use data repositories, and meet funder compliance requirements for data integrity and access. The Research Data Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Required Qualifications

ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in leading and managing research data management, scholarly communications, or related programs. Expert knowledge of trends and best practices in research data management throughout the research lifecycle. Experience working with researchers and administrators in an academic environment. Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of users with different levels of experience to meet their research data management needs. Understanding of contemporary research practices including workflows, transparency, and reproducibility. Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research tools including data visualization, data management planning, data analysis, and data description. Strong teaching and data literacy competencies. Proven understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access, repositories, and research impact measures. Demonstrated awareness of privacy and confidentiality for human subjects research and other research involving protected data. An advanced degree or relevant subject knowledge in a health science or science discipline.

Successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills as well as presentation and public speaking skills. Able to work professionally with academic and clinical faculty. Flexible and adaptable to succeed in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Strong service orientation. Ability to bring new ideas and concepts to current practice. Interest in developing new skills through continuing education opportunities. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority serving institutions is desired.

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 04/10/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2017
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Must submit through eJobs/VCU a cover letter, curriculum vitae and in a single pdf, 3 professional references with contact information.

Posted Salary not less than $65000

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  3. * Do you have or will you have by the date of hire a Masters Degree in a related field of study?

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Resume
Optional Documents