Scientific Research Data Librarian at National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology

SALARY RANGE: $62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Friday, January 10, 2014 to Friday, January 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE: ZA-1410-03

POSITION INFORMATION: TERM Appointment - Full-time - Not-to-exceed 2 years


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:

Gaithersburg, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified U.S. citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust - Background Investigation



About the Agency

The person selected for this position will serve as a Librarian in the
Information Services Office.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?


You must be a U.S. citizen.

You must be registed for Selective Service (see Other Information).

You must be suitable for Federal Employment.


The Information Services Office at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology is seeking an experienced individual to help accelerate the
development of the Office's research data management services. ISO is a team-
based environment, which emphasize knowledge sharing and collaboration to
provide services to NIST scientific and technical staff throughout their
research and publishing cycles. The selectee will serve as a Scientific
Research Data Librarian to identify strategies for understanding and
responding to the evolving research data service needs of NIST researchers. In
partnership with ISO's Digital Services Librarian, the selectee will assist
NIST researchers formulate data management plans, and prepare data for
publication, reporting, and repository ingest. The selectee will identify and
recommend tools,techniques, and practices for management of research data
throughout its lifecycle. The selectee will also monitor, investigate, and
report on emerging trends, best practices, and technologies in digital data
stewardship, e-science, scholarly publishing, and open access.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient
experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the
duties of the specific position for which you are being
considered. Your resume is the key means we have for
evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this
position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing
you experience.

Basic Requirements for Librarian ZA-1410:

(Transcripts must be submitted)

Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate study in library
science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of
all work required for a Bachelor's degree.


Successful completion of a total of at least five years of a combination of
college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis,
the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and
experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles,
and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature
resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective
library and information services.

In addition to meeting the educational requirements above, applicants must
have specialized experience and/or directly related education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-11 OR ZA-III at NIST): Your resume must demonstrate
at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower
grade level (GS-09) or pay band (ZA-II) in the Federal service or equivalent
experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined
as experience providing scientific research data management services.
Specialized experience can

include experience in a college or university library which demonstrates
professional knowledge and experience with research data life cycle; applying
methods to curate research data; skill in using tools for managing digital

completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate
education in library science or doctoral degree related to the position Or A
combination of

education and experience as described above that equates to one year of

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which
contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the
Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your
transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official
transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must
be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and
universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries
must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited
private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.
A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of
Education's website -
usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the
results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along
with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested
will result in lost consideration.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the
minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the
qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then
compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job
questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-
defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the
basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold,"
"silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans
preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about
the three categories can be found at:

The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the
selecting official.

The top ten qualified applicants, requesting consideration as a Merit or VEOA
candidate, will be referred to the selecting official for
consideration. Non-competitive consideration will be given
to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion
potential as the position advertised. Documentation (in the
form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest
grade held.

Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-
assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified
candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be
invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is
determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position
by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers
the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

  * Knowledge of the life cycle of research data in the context of scholarly publishing and digital preservation.
  * Skill in applying methods to curate research data.
  * Skill in using tools for managing digital data.
  * Ability to communicate orally and in writing with all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  * Ability to plan and deliver training on research data management to all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  * Knowledge of current issues in eScience/eResearch.
  * Ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and issues, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and
verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed
to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be
grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following
acceptance. Please review your responses before submitting
your application to ensure the responses are accurate."

NOTE: Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant
to the position.

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