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
- 3-5 years of experience working in the field.
- An understanding of the research process as demonstrated by academic or
- 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
- Experience with one of the commonly used repository platforms (Fedora
- 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
- Experience working with relational databases and XML
- Two to three years relevant data management experience in academic or
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