Research Librarian, Engineering and Biotechnology

North Carolina, United States
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Research Librarian for Engineering & Biotechnology
Anticipated Hiring Range Competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience
Position Number 00001596
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, Exempt Position
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 250101 - NCSU Libraries
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational UnitW

The NC State University Libraries supports and enables research and learning by providing collections, services, spaces, and technologies for the NC State community and its partners. The Libraries is committed to being a powerful competitive advantage for the university in every aspect of its mission, including attracting and retaining the best faculty and students and promoting their success. To that end, we foster a culture of creativity, diversity, and innovation. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

The Research Engagement department engages with faculty members, researchers, and students across the full lifecycle of research and scholarship, offering dynamic services, spaces, and technologies to enable all forms of research, discovery, and learning, and connecting faculty and graduate students with a full suite of resources for research and teaching productivity. The department coordinates oversight for the Libraries’ high tech spaces including the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Game Lab, the Creativity Studio, and the Visualization Studio. The department’s librarians collaborate with faculty and students on emerging technologies for research, visualization, data curation and management, bibliometrics, and computational analysis in an evolving scholarly communication environment. They build programs and partnerships that enhance research productivity and competitiveness, support interdisciplinary collaboration, foster inclusive spaces for early career researchers, and conduct research consultations.

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Essential Job Duties


  • Provides expert services for faculty, staff, and students across the research lifecycle including information discovery, data curation, visualization, research computing, and scholarly communication
  • Identifies trends in research practices in engineering and biotechnology and recommends strategies for aligning library services accordingly
  • Fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary interactions among faculty and other stakeholders by supporting and collaborating with interdisciplinary research teams
  • Provides instruction on research skills and data literacy to students in the sciences and engineering and engages in ongoing development and implementation of innovative pedagogical practices
  • Provides consultation on the use of scholarly resources, technologies, and the NCSU Libraries’ technology-rich spaces
  • Collaborates with Collections & Research Strategy librarians in collection development and assessment activities
  • In collaboration with research administration at NC State, advises researchers in evaluation of grant opportunities including meeting funder and university requirements for providing public access to publications and data resulting from research
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
  • NC State University librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field

*For candidates with preferred management experience and interest, appointment at the Associate Head level may be considered.

Minimum Education/Experience

ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science

Departmental Required Skills

  • Academic preparation or relevant experience in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
  • Understanding of information sources and research methods in the sciences and engineering
  • Ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving, and ability to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational and professional environment 
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Degree in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
  • Awareness of open research practices and incentives
  • Knowledge of emerging research services trends such as data science, visualization, impact metrics, or research computing
  • Relevant supervisory/management experience
  • Demonstrated success in faculty and student engagement

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Along with your application, please attach a resume, cover letter, and contact information for four current professional references.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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