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Stanford GSB has built a global
reputation based on its immersive and innovative management
programs. We provide students a transformative leadership
experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research,
and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs
that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change
lives, change organizations, and change the world.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business Library invites
applications and nominations for the position of Data Curation
The Data Curation Specialist will support the creation and
development of a standards-based research data ecosystem and work
closely with librarians, data scientists, faculty, and doctoral
students who acquire and analyze research data. The successful
candidate will work with librarians and data specialists who will
help re-envision the Library’s role within the research data
lifecycle and who can respond to and support new research methods
being used by Stanford’s research community. The Data Curation
Specialist will help to ensure that GSB Library’s acquired
collections of qualitative data, quantitative data, and text
corpora are properly evaluated, structured, described, and
accessioned, and that these collections are appropriately secured
and accessible for researchers at the University. This position
will add value to existing research data services by tying together
in a holistic way the GSB Research Hub’s strengths in supporting
faculty research grounded in a data lifecycle
Reporting to the Director of Collections, the Data Curation
Specialist will evaluate, support, and make recommendations on
research data resources. This position supports research and
collaborates on collections management and development. The
position will work closely on projects with the Research Hub Data
Coordination Committee that include members of the GSB Library and
the Data, Analytics, and Research Computing unit, particularly on
assessment of research and research data management
- Serve as a resource to faculty, staff, and students on issues
of data curation, data management, and research dissemination and
preservation, assuming an active role in learning about emerging
trends and practices at Stanford GSB and the wider scholarly
- Working closely with the Research Hub Data Coordination
Committee, the collections contract team, the data engineering team
and Library subject specialists, implement the strategic plan for a
social science research data management (RDM) program at the GSB,
inclusive of data onboarding/offboarding, training, and data
management plan consultation with researchers. RDM will focus on
supporting the lifecycle of data from acquisition and/or creation
of data through dissemination and preservation.
- Support Research Hub data services and initiatives; progressing
and assessing established initiatives and establishing
recommendations on new services and resources through close
collaboration with staff across the RH, Stanford Libraries, and the
broader Stanford community.
- Evaluate data and research resources with Subject Librarians,
Data Scientists, and the Collections Director, assisting with
collection development strategy and budget to support various
models of data acquisition
- Deliver high quality, user-centered research services.
Your primary responsibilities include:
- Help to develop a sustainable program for social science
research data acquisition and curation, including policies and
workflows to manage sensitive and restricted data.
- Work in conjunction with subject specialists, faculty,
bibliographers, and research librarians to curate research data
- Assist faculty, students, and researchers with identifying and
locating appropriate sources of information.
- Collaborate with other Library and Research Hub units to make
sure research data assets are appropriately discoverable and
accessible to library users.
- Build and maintain data management and curation documentation
- Participate and track developments in the data curation, data
management, and research data tools communities (e.g. DDI Alliance,
Digital Curation Centre) in order to ensure workflows and processes
are aligned and develop with community standards.
- Engage in outreach efforts within the Research Hub and with
academic departments to assist with adoption of new data management
and curation tools and services.
- In coordination with colleagues, organize training and
workshops in areas related to research data lifecycle management,
including data curation, analysis, and publication.
- Provide data management consultations and referrals to campus
data creators in support of the research mission of the
- Participate in digital collections planning for archival and
- Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned
To be successful in this position, you will
- Advanced Degree in Library or Information Science or a relevant
academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic
libraries and two or more years of relevant experience in a
relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant
- A post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be
substituted for a master’s degree in information science. In
addition, preference may be given to a candidate with a second
Masters or PhD.
In addition, our preferred requirements
- Masters or Ph.D. in information science, data science, or a
related disciplinary field such as Economics or Business
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges
related to data curation, including privacy and de-identification,
format migration, preservation, metadata, discovery, provenance,
and data access (including Open Access).
- Demonstrated familiarity with relevant standards for research
metadata (e.g., DDI, SDMX, Schema.org, TEI, MODS, etc.) and data
management practices and requirements.
- Experience with tools for data science and digital scholarship,
such as SPSS/SAS/STATA, R/RStudio, Python, NLP, Jupyter Notebooks,
- Experience with relevant aspects of library operations
including understanding of contemporary library practices, trends
and emerging technologies.
- Demonstrated understanding of the broad scope of data
management operations with ability to understand how their role
interacts with the University research community.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and negotiate
issues with people from different parts of the organization.
- Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others
in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of
- Ability to evaluate data resources in terms of content quality,
functionality and user experience.
- Ability to independently perform complex job functions.
- Consistent display of strong verbal and written communication
Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Abilities May
- Demonstrated understanding of the research process as
demonstrated by academic or work experience.
- Experience supporting faculty and researchers with Data
- Experience organizing public events and conducting training
sessions and workshops.
- Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and implementing
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with
researchers and support staff across campus units.
- Experience working on projects that support data-intensive
research and ensure high functionality, discoverability, and
preservability of digital research.
- Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills;
- Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic
- Demonstrated experience managing, analyzing, and otherwise
working with research datasets using analytic tools and/or
statistical software packages.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the
University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee
with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the
essential functions of his or her job.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business Library is a highly
valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at a globally
renowned school within a great research university. The Library
provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of
faculty and students in several graduate degree programs.
The Stanford campus sits on over 8000 acres in the heart of
California’s Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and
culturally diverse areas of the nation. Palo Alto has a pedestrian
and bicycle-friendly town center with an abundance of shopping and
dining options, while the urban centers of San Francisco, San Jose,
and Oakland are all within a 50 mile radius. Outdoor enthusiasts
will find a year-round temperate climate with local hiking trails,
redwoods, mountains, the San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific coast
all competing for their attention.
Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes health
insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions,
childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement.
Professional travel funding is available to support research. More
information regarding Stanford’s generous benefits can be found
Why Stanford is for You
Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational
and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that
thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we
seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of
our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide
competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans,
and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off
during our winter closure. Our generous perks align
with what matters to you:
- Freedom to grow. Take advantage of
career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a
course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned
author or leader discuss global issues.
- A caring culture. We understand the
importance of your personal and family time and provide you access
to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and
consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
- A healthier you. We make wellness a
priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities.
Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or
- Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens,
trails, and museums.
- Enviable resources. We offer free commuter
programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers,
cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and
We pride ourselves in being a culture that
encourages and empowers you.
How to Apply
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apply button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and
résumé along with your online application.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed
by positions in this job classification and are not designed to
contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all
duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and
responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs
without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level
of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the
University will provide
reasonable accommodation to any employee with a
disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential
functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative
action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law.