Apply at https://tinyurl.com/RiceDataSpecialist
Fondren Library of Rice University is seeking a data services specialist who will lead services focused on research data, including the discovery, analysis, visualization, and management of data. Minimum requirements are a master’s degree in quantitative social science, statistics, library and information science, or other relevant discipline (or additional experience) and 2 years of experience supporting users in a research or educational environment through workshops, consultations, or other modes of teaching and engagement.
The data services specialist leads Fondren Library’s services focused on research data, including the discovery, analysis, visualization, and management of data. The data services specialist conducts consultations, workshops, and other programming and develops data services that support Rice University’s teaching and research mission.
Reporting to the executive director of Digital Scholarship Services, the successful candidate builds relationships with faculty, staff and students, promotes data literacy, and devises strategies to meet emerging needs. They also help to identify and access relevant datasets, assist in developing policies, practices, and outreach for Fondren Library’s data repository services, and support scholars in working with data across the research lifecycle. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, excellent communication and outreach skills, a keen enthusiasm for learning, outstanding problem-solving skills, and strong knowledge of statistics and data analysis methods.
Provides in-depth research consultations on data discovery, management, analysis, and visualization
Develops and delivers workshops and instructional resources on analyzing, visualizing, and managing data
Evaluates academic needs in data literacy and collaborates with faculty to integrate data literacy into the classroom and independent learning
Develops, implements, and promotes data repository services
Assist researchers in curating and sharing data
Conducts outreach for data services
Stays current on trends in data curation, data science, research data management, statistics, and related domains
Master’s degree in quantitative social science, statistics, library and information science, or other relevant disciplineIn lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
Two years of experience supporting users in a research or educational environment through workshops, consultations, or other modes of teaching and engagement
Demonstrated knowledge of statistics, data visualization techniques, and data analysis tools such as R or Python
Excellent communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technical skills
Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Familiarity with best practices for research data management and data curation
Demonstrated knowledge of data information literacy competencies
Demonstrated knowledge of freely available and licensed data resources
Experience with project management
Salary & benefits: $55,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; a range of retirement options including TIAA; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.
Environment: Fondren Library provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies. An active program of digital resource development and deilvery is grounded in successful collaboration among staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other library departments and information technology staff. Research Data Services, a collaboration between Fondren Library and the Center for Research Computing, offers workshops and consulting on data management, analysis, and visualization.
Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast. For more information, see: http://www.explore.rice.edu/explore/General_Information.asp.
Applications must be received by November 30, 2021 in order to be considered. Please apply with cover letter, résumé and three references at: https://tinyurl.com/RiceDataSpecialist
Special Instruction to Applicants:
This position posting requires a cover letter, a resume, and a document with three professional references. Please attach all required documents in the Supporting Documents section of the application.
Inquiries: Lisa Spiro at (713) 348-2480 or [log in to unmask]
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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