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Research Data Curation Coordinator - (LIB000077)



The University of Houston seeks a Research Data Curation Coordinator to lead data services across the research lifecycle. Reporting to the Head of Research Services within the University Libraries, the Research Data Curation Coordinator will establish partnerships in the Libraries and on campus to address existing and emerging research data needs of faculty and students and collaborate with researchers to develop data skills through workshops, classroom instruction, and direct interaction with ongoing research projects and infrastructural initiatives. This position supervises one full-time librarian with the possibility of additional personnel based on demonstrated need.

In these pursuits, the incumbent will build relationships with campus partners engaging in research administration, including the Division of Research, University Information Technology, and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute. This position also provides opportunities to collaborate with library colleagues to promote research data best practices for accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and discoverability. There is potential growth for the position in areas of data analysis, data visualization, and other areas of digital scholarship.

The Research Data Curation Coordinator is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians, and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Salary: $67,000 to $70,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information: http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/ . Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent at 713-743-9761 or chgola@uh.edu .

Library Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at http://libraries.uh.edu .

The UH Libraries’ is in the process of developing a new strategic plan in alignment with the University’s ambitious new plan: https://uh.edu/strategic-plan/ . We seek to recruit librarians who can relate the directions of the university and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 18 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see http://www.visithoustontexas.com/ . For information about housing and living in Houston, see http://www.houston.org/living/index.html .

Applicants should submit the names and contact information for 3 professional references as part of the application. At the time of application, an unofficial transcript of the ALA-accredited library/information science degree is requested.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Qualifications :
  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program, or an advanced degree with demonstrated experience in data management and/or data curation

  • Experience applying research data lifecycle and open scholarship principles and competencies to research projects

  • Demonstrated ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build data services, programs, and initiatives

  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills

Preferred:
  • Knowledge of research data management best practices

  • Experience with data preparation and organization methodologies and tools, such as Python, R, SPSS, and/or ArcGIS

  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats used in research

  • Experience with data repository systems and tools

  • Embrace open scholarship values

  • Supervisory, leadership, or project management experience

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for all faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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