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Biomedical Engineering Librarian

Job Summary: The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top 10 graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The biomedical engineering librarian works to advance the services, initiatives, partnerships, and strategic agenda designed to advance the institution’s research enterprise. The individual will engage deeply with faculty, researchers, and students primarily affiliated with the university’s biomedical and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) communities, including the College of Engineering, the health sciences schools, and other related academic, clinical, and research programs. Our librarians and informationists are a diverse group of information professionals from a variety of educational backgrounds who share a commitment to leadership in STEM and health sciences librarianship, to engagement in our communities of learning and practice, and to excellence in our work. We invite collaborative, enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to join our team. The successful candidate in this new position will foster library collaborations in the biomedical engineering sciences to advance the work of STEM and health sciences researchers, educators, students, and staff.

We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

Responsibilities:

  • Cultivates new models of engagement and builds partnerships between the library and biomedical engineering academic and research communities.
  • Develops and promotes new value-added library services, resources, and programs to advance biomedical engineering research, education, and practice.
  • Provides effective and innovative instruction and consultation on the use of information resources and research practices.
  • Provides consultations to biomedical engineering faculty, researchers, and students at each stage of the research life cycle, on topics such as research data management, scholarly publishing, grant development, and research integrity.
  • Partners with faculty by actively contributing to research proposals and projects, curriculum development and delivery, and evidence-based decision making.
  • Monitors the biomedical research landscape to evaluate and recommend information sources, specialized technologies, and tools to meet the research needs of the biomedical engineering community.
  • Participates in relevant continuing education opportunities in both librarianship and biomedical engineering disciplines and practices.
  • Serves on appropriate committees, and participates in regional and national library professional organizations and associations.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited library/information sciences program and experience working with biomedical engineers, engineers, life scientists, or health sciences professionals in an academic or research environment; or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in a biomedical engineering, engineering, life sciences, or medical field.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and academic publishing practices in engineering, life sciences, or medicine.
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships to advance the goals of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously and effectively manage several complex projects and respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Understanding of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of literatures, research methods, and data management best practices in biomedical engineering.
  • Relevant work experience in an academic library or in a role providing professional outreach and service.
  • Experience developing and delivering student-centered instruction.
  • Experience with expert searching including systematic reviews.

Salary Information: $62,000–$75,000. The target salary ranges for this position are $62,000–$68,000 per year for the associate librarian rank and $68,000–$75,000 per year for the senior associate rank. Final salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments’ retirement options available.

Additional Information: Appointment is anticipated at the associate librarian or senior associate librarian rank. Salary and rank are dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library’s process for librarian promotion and advancement.

How to Apply: Cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should explain your interest in working in an academic library and provide specific and meaningful examples of your skills and experiences that directly relate to the job summary, responsibilities, and qualifications. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Link for additional information: careers.umich.edu/job_detail/166480/biomedical_engineering_librarian

The University of Michigan welcomes and provides accommodations for individuals whose needs fall under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please let us know if you request any accommodations. The University of Michigan Library is committed to diversity in the work environment and embraces difference as strength. If you are interested in this opportunity, we want to hear from you.

University of Michigan AAE/EOE Statement: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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