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Physics and Astrophysics Librarian

Princeton University Library
08544, Princeton (US)
Date posted
Mar 25, 2024

Job Details

Princeton University Library (PUL) seeks a creative and dedicated librarian focused on physics and astrophysics. Reporting to the Head of Lewis Science and Engineering Operations, the Physics and Astrophysics Librarian is part of the STEM team in the Data, Research, and Teaching Services division. The role supports students, faculty, and staff in astrophysical sciences, physics, plasma physics, and related STEM fields.

This position works closely with several STEM librarians and information specialists at the Science and Engineering libraries and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Liaison responsibilities may include shared or backup responsibility in other fields of STEM or data services.

Core responsibilities include collection development, instruction, outreach, reference, and scholarly communications in astrophysical sciences, physics, and plasma physics. This position assists patrons at all levels from first-year undergraduates through faculty members and research staff. This position collaborates with units across PUL and PPPL, and represents PUL in professional contexts.

PUL is one of the world’s leading research libraries, with over 300 staff and several specialized branches, supporting a diverse community of 5,500 undergraduates, 3,100 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Further information:

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters in Library Science or equivalent educational background in Physics, Astrophysics, or Astronomy. Strong research skills, especially for physics and astrophysics research in a variety of library databases and library-related software platforms. Excellent interpersonal skills, project and time management skills, and the ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a diverse group of scholars and colleagues.
  • Experience with instruction, research consultations, and collection development.
  • Comfort with rapidly changing expectations and guidelines for library services. At least 1 year of experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with science and engineering librarianship, and expectations for research support.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHIRE system through the office of the Dean of the Faculty website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Application review begins April 1, 2024.

PUL is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing the University's commitment to racial equity within our community and in the world. We encourage candidates from all diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply for our positions. To find out more about PUL’s work towards greater inclusivity, equity, and diversity, please see PUL’s “About” page.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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