Research and Education Librarian for Bioinformatics
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Bioinformatics Support Program is considered among the most comprehensive medical library bioinformatics programs in the US. It provides support throughout the Next-Generation Sequencing data (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics) lifecycle from raw data (e.g. FASTQ files) to the functional analysis of differentially-regulated molecules. It also supports the functional analysis of proteomics, post-translational modifications, and metabolomics datasets. The Program not only provides access to the state-of-the-art bioinformatics software (e.g. Partek Flow, Qlucore Omics Explorer, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, MetaCore, Transfac) but also provides training and consultations on how to use these tools. Training sessions on how to use open source software (e.g. Cytoscape) and command line/ scripting (e.g. R, Python) for the analysis and visualization of biomedical datasets are also regularly offered. The Research and Education Librarian for Bioinformatics is a member of the Academic Research and Education team and reports to the Head of Academic Research and Education.
As a member of the library’s established Bioinformatics Support Program, the Research and Education Librarian for Bioinformatics serves as a liaison between the library and basic and clinical research departments, laboratories, and individual researchers and is pivotal to maintaining and growing excellent bioinformatics support services. The librarian will interact with faculty, staff, researchers, and students in the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health as well as researchers, graduate students and post-docs in an array of academic and clinical programs across the Medical Center and Yale's West Campus. The librarian will also interact and collaborate with other University centers and units including the Yale Center for Genomic Analysis and Yale Center for Research Computing. The library also supports Yale New Haven Hospital, and the Research and Education Librarian for Bioinformatics will interact with clinicians, staff, and researchers from the hospital. The librarian will also collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library system.
This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1. Librarian ranking information can be found at http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions .
This position will contribute to the success of the Bioinformatics Support Program by responding to the increased need and demand for bioinformatics support across the medical campus.
- Provides reference and in-depth research, information and bioinformatics consultation services to biomedical researchers through one-on-one and group consultations (in person or online) on a wide variety of bioinformatics topics throughout the research life cycle.
- Teaches Yale biomedical researchers, students, and staff to use a range of free and commercial (licensed by the library) bioinformatics databases and software for retrieving, downloading, analyzing, and visualizing a wide variety of molecular data including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
- Creates and develops instruction modules and coordinates presentations from outside vendors and guest speakers for the benefit of the Yale biomedical community.
- Communicates regularly with researchers to develop a deep understanding of their current research interests, projects, and bioinformatics and data needs.
- Offers services to help researchers identify and meet requirements of grants (proposals and reporting), publications (research and publisher requirements), and any applicable public access policies associated with federally funded research.
- Creates and maintains online guides and other research support tools.
- Collaborates with the Data Librarian for Health Sciences to develop and teach instruction sessions on command-line coding.
- Collaborates with fellow medical librarians and librarians across campus, bioinformaticians, statisticians, and other departments that support e-science.
- Works closely with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other library staff to select, evaluate and promote bioinformatics and data resources in all formats (print, databases, datasets, images, etc.) related to biomedical research and science.
- Participates in assessing the efficacy/relevance of the program by collecting, analyzing, and reporting statistics which document the service levels and trends in service provision.
- Helps the library gain insights into new potential uses and users of the bioinformatics resources, and information-seeking behaviors of scientists.
- Demonstrates professional development and service through publication and/or active membership in professional organizations.
- May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
- May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school or a post‐graduate degree in a biomedical science related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science. Demonstrated knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a biomedical-related discipline and an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in that field. Excellent analytical, customer service, and interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Experience teaching biomedical researchers, students, and staff to use a range of free and commercial bioinformatics databases and software for retrieving, downloading, analyzing, and visualizing a wide variety of molecular data including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Experience providing reference and in-depth research, information and bioinformatics consultation services to biomedical researchers through one-on-one and group consultations (in person or online) on a wide variety of bioinformatics topics throughout the research life cycle.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Experience supporting researchers to identify and meet requirements of grants (proposals and reporting), publications (research and publisher requirements), and any applicable public access policies associated with federally funded research.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Experience working in an academic health sciences library. Experience with analysis of omics data using a programing language. Ability to perform independent analyses and report findings to biomedical researchers. Publication(s) in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
Background Check Requirements
All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
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