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Research Data Management Librarian

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 30, 2023

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Research Data Management Librarian

Job no: 531779

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Library, Instruction

Department: Library
Rank: Assistant Librarian
Salary: $58,000 - $76,000 per year
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

June 26, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure consideration for the position, please include with your online application:
1. A cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and
2. Current resume, which includes dates of employment.

Department Summary

About the University:
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO's 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University's educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offer many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users' research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, to providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and to disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

About Data Services:
The Data Services department is an essential component in the Libraries' framework for research support and enterprise academic technology. The department provides a central service point for library-situated data services, including but not limited to the Libraries' provision of numeric and spatial data for teaching, learning, and research; data production; data education; and research data management (RDM). The department facilitates data management through the data lifecycle and provides services related to specialized data labs and programs, e.g., services, consultations, a data repository, and training related to research data management, research data impact, and the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) membership. The Aerial Photography Research Services (APRS) unit and map collections are also important components of the department's portfolio. The department's work requires close collaboration with other library departments and UO divisions, especially the UO's Office of Research and Innovation and Information Services, UO's Data Science Initiative, and the Libraries' Research and Instructional Services (RIS), Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), and Collection & Discovery Services departments.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for Research, Instruction, and Access Services, the Research Data Management Librarian partners with colleagues to offer RDM consultations, data repository development, outreach, and archiving support/deposit consultations. This position is responsible for forming relationships with the appropriate campus, state, and national data and reproducibility organizations.

The Research Data Management Librarian is a new position in the University of Oregon's dynamic, growing Data Services department. This position will work across the UO and the state to respond to new federal and granting agency requirements for data sharing, including the new NIH requirements for Data Sharing and Management Plans, and the new White House OSTP Open Access Guidelines. The person in this role will have the opportunity to build demand by creating new documentation and resources, developing trainings, and building relationships with PIs, Data/Lab Managers, and instructors across the campus. They will serve as an internal resource for colleagues on data literacy and may assist with the development of undergraduate training and resources. This position offers opportunities for growth and tailoring to the candidate's specific skills and interests while taking into consideration the operational needs of the department.

The Data Management Librarian participates in appropriate professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field and to meet criteria for promotion and retention. This position contributes to the University's goals regarding equity and inclusion.

We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career trajectory, such as having skills and abilities gained outside a classroom context, or an equivalent skill set. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Minimum Requirements

Assistant Librarian:
  • Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution; OR
  • Terminal degree in computer science, information sciences, biological sciences, or related field; OR
  • Terminal degree in any field with two (2) or more years' experience in data analysis, statistical programming, business intelligence, spatial cartography/GIS, data science, or data librarianship.

    Associate Librarian:
  • Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution; OR
  • Terminal degree in computer science, information sciences, biological sciences, or related field; OR
  • Terminal degree in any field with two (2) or more years' experience in data analysis, statistical programming, business intelligence, spatial cartography/GIS, data science, or data librarianship.
  • Six years post-terminal degree experience as a librarian or in data analysis, statistical programming, business intelligence, spatial cartography/GIS or data science.

    Professional Competencies

  • Knowledge of critical issues regarding reproducible research best practices, research data lifecycle, and scholarly communication issues.
  • Experience with outreach or working in a public services environment.
  • Experience teaching, consulting, or providing instruction.
  • Experience using or teaching one or more programming languages (e.g., Python, R, SQL).
  • Ability to work with faculty, students, and staff in an academic environment.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams in a flexible work environment.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    A strong candidate will have some, but does not need all, of the following qualifications:
  • Experience writing or developing data management plans and/or familiarity with best practices in data management, computational reproducibility, sharing, and archiving.
  • Experience writing, supporting, or working on grants or other funding proposals.
  • One or more years of experience working in an academic library or research setting.
  • Knowledge of research-related data cleaning/wrangling, in the context of any of the following: Excel, Power BI, R/tidy data, Python Pandas, SQL databases, or similar.
  • Experience working with GIS data and/or with GIS software such as ArcGIS or qGIS.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data concepts and methods, including research design and analysis, and statistics.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

    To apply, visit


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