Contact Us | Donate | Advertise Follow us on TwitterFollow us on facebookFollow us on LinkedIn

Reproducibility Librarian

The University of Florida (UF) Health Science Center (HSC) Libraries constitute one of the largest health sciences library systems in the Southeast. With libraries located in Gainesville and on the University of Florida HSC Jacksonville campus (Borland Library), the HSC Libraries provide services and programs to support UFHealth, which includes the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute; the Emerging Pathogens Institute; the Genetics Institute; the Institute on Aging; the Institute for Child and Health Policy; and the McKnight Brain Institute.

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a reproducibility librarian to develop a transdisciplinary research reproducibility and open science education and support strategy for the institution. This position will be located in the Health Science Center Library (HSCL) in Gainesville.

Reports to: Team lead, Biomedical & Health Information Services, Health Science Center Libraries

Job Summary: The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a reproducibility librarian to develop a transdisciplinary research reproducibility and open science education and support strategy for the institution. This position will be located in the HSCL in Gainesville. The reproducibility librarian is a year-round tenure-track library faculty position with a leading role in designing and enacting a multifaceted program aimed to enhance campus-wide efforts to promote and improve research reproducibility from design to publication. The reproducibility librarian participates as an active member of library and campus-wide teams to develop information, data science, and research programming and support. The incumbent will provide interdisciplinary information consultation services in a variety of modes, design workshops to promote research reproducibility, perform course-integrated instruction, and participate in the HSCL’s teaching program. The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, such as new service development and evaluation, and development of web-based resources. The librarian works collaboratively in group efforts and maintains professional relationships with faculty, students, and colleagues.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions, and consequently, the reproducibility librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The Smathers Libraries recently created a new strategic direction focused on ensuring that the libraries are a safe, supportive, and welcoming learning environment for all users and on focusing engagement efforts to diverse populations in the university and local community. The reproducibility librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities

  1. Develops a nationally recognized program in library-based research reproducibility education and support services at the George A. Smathers Libraries in collaboration with colleagues across the libraries and campus
  2. Provides expertise and consultation services in the areas of research reproducibility and open science to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Florida
  3. Designs and provides instructional programs on techniques to enhance research reproducibility and conduct open science, including the documentation and preservation of experiments and computational analysis
  4. Participates as an active member of library-based teams such as Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS), which includes librarians specializing in data management, bioinformatics, and informatics
  5. Participates as an active member on campus-wide groups such as Data Management/Curation Working Group and Informatics and Analytics Task Force
  6. Provides library liaison services to faculty, post-docs, students, and staff in assigned HSC departments and programs. Liaison services include instruction, training, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as identified
  7. Contributes to university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their data, code, and experimental protocols
  8. Partners with colleagues to promote a research data environment that embraces the FAIR Guiding Principles
  9. Collaborates with library departments and colleagues to develop library infrastructures and services that enhance access to research data and code, workflows, documentation, and analytic tools
  10. Cultivates relationships with other faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships
  11. Maintains an awareness of current tools and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research and reproducible research workflow development
  12. Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria

REQUIRED:

  1. Master’s degree in data science, library or information science from an American Library Association–accredited (or foreign equivalent) program or other relevant advanced degree
  2. For appointment at the associate university librarian rank, 8 years of relevant experience
  3. Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
  4. Ability, as part of a dynamic and collaborative team, to pioneer the development and implementation of a vision for a comprehensive research reproducibility and open science program to support the university’s interdisciplinary research initiatives
  5. Ability to think creatively and analytically in developing, assessing, and promoting the use of library services, technologies, and collections through a variety of outreach efforts
  6. Knowledge of funding agency requirements for data sharing and data management plans, particularly in the health sciences
  7. Ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects and develop policies
  8. Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work
  9. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  10. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers, faculty, students, administrators, and the general public
  11. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh)

PREFERRED:

  1. Knowledge of critical issues regarding reproducible research best practices, research data lifecycle, and scholarly communication issues across disciplines and research types
  2. Master’s or doctorate (PhD) in computer or information science, biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science, or similar data-intensive discipline
  3. Knowledge of or proficiency in open science tools or tools that can be used to enhance research reproducibility, such as electronic lab notebooks, open science platforms, Jupyter Notebook, reporting guidelines, and data repositories
  4. Knowledge and experience in adult learning through teaching, training, and/or instruction
  5. Knowledge of or proficiency in computer languages and tools used in data analysis (e.g., R, Python, C++, Unix)
  6. Background in biomedical sciences, biology, biostatistics, or statistics
  7. Familiarity with clinical trials and other human-subjects research standards and regulations
  8. Familiarity with reproducibility issues in wet labs, e.g., cell line authentication standards, analysis of images including those obtained from microscopy or Western blots, or laboratory quality assurance practices
  9. Knowledge of data anonymization and de-identification techniques and standards

Rank: Assistant university librarian or associate university librarian

Salary Information: Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Minimum salary at the assistant university librarian rank is $54,035

Minimum salary at the associate university librarian rank is $62,500

Link for additional information: https://apply.interfolio.com/60010

Requisition #: 43480

Deadline Date: 3/13/2019; review of applications will begin on 2/20/2019.

Please note: this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.

Application Process: To apply, submit (1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; (2) a written statement on the following topic: “What are your top 2 tips for ensuring reproducibility in research. Also include your rationale for your selection.” (250 words); (3) your current resume or CV; and (4) a list of 3 references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by 3/13/2019 (applications will be reviewed beginning 3/20/2019). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 43480. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

Affirmative Action/EEO The University of Florida is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an online confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form. This information is collected by the University of The Foundation for The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.

(2058)

Recent Stories
Medical Library Services Manager

Reproducibility Librarian

Health Sciences Librarian