Research Data Librarian, Utah State

By September 28, 2020

Utah State University

  • Title: Assistant Librarian (Research Data Librarian)
  • Requisition: 2020-2952
  • Open Date: 9/15/2020
  • Review Date: 10/19/2020
  • Job Category: Faculty
  • Department: Library & Information Services
  • College/Unit: Library & Instructional Support
  • Location: Logan Campus
  • Posting Duration: Open Until Filled
Position Summary

USU Libraries seeks a Research Data Librarian to lead its successful nationally recognized Research Data Management Service (RDMS). The successful candidate will oversee the continued implementation of the USU Libraries and Research Office partnership that assists researchers with meeting compliance with the terms of data management and publication deposit for federally funded research awards. The Research Data Librarian partners closely with the Office of Research to monitor faculty needs in order to develop and offer services supporting research data and federal funder requirements. Additionally, in consultation with University stakeholders, the Research Data Librarian assesses the continually changing needs of all faculty and students regarding research data management and develops and delivers instruction and training. The position works collaboratively with the USU Libraries’ Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS), Digital Initiatives (DI), and Learning and Engagement Services (LES) units.

The Research Data Librarian draws on a broad knowledge of research data management and stewardship to monitor and creatively respond to emerging researcher needs. Clear and effective communication, the ability to work collaboratively with others, and familiarity managing change enable the Research Data Librarian to succeed in this rapidly evolving, future-oriented field. We seek candidates who have the capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, forward-thinking environment.

The Research Data Librarian supervises one staff member and one or more students, this position reports to the Associate Dean for Special Collections, Digital, and Cataloging. The position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. The Library is dedicated to the success of the candidate by offering generous professional development funding to acquire further training and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to foster success.

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. Estimated start date for this position is January 1, 2021.

The Library is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


Assisting researchers in meeting data management and sharing requirements of funders and publishers
Maintaining relationships with the Office of Research and building relationships with other university stakeholders
Educating members of the campus community about data management practices and theory, consulting with individuals and teams, teaching concepts and skills, and performing outreach in order to position the library as a collaborator in managing research data
Supporting preparation and deposit of datasets in repositories, including DigitalCommons@USU, the institutional repository of Utah State University
Promoting the value of responsible data practices and reproducibility, emphasizing foundational considerations of privacy, ethics, attribution, and documentation when working with data
Maintaining expertise in developments in funding agency requirements as well as new data management tools and technologies
Working collaboratively in an academic environment to provide user-centered data services
Assessing current services and planning, implementing and assessing new services that are developed
Engaging in research and professional service

Department/College Highlights

Utah State University is a multi-campus land-grant institution serving a student population of 29,000. The main campus is situated in the beautiful Cache Valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City and offers an affordable cost of living. USU is just minutes from two mountain ranges and within a half-day’s drive of six national parks, providing a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The University benefits from the Merrill-Cazier Library, a beautiful, recently constructed building with an automatic retrieval system, allowing for creative and student-centered uses of space.

Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package including medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation.

Minimum Qualifications

MLIS from an ALA Accredited institution
Working knowledge of the data management practices and requirements of researchers and external funding bodies (e.g. NSF, NIH, etc.)
Knowledge of the research data life cycle
Familiarity with a digital repository platform
Knowledge of metadata standards and formats used in research (e.g. Dublin Core, DDI, DOI, ORCiD)
Familiarity with the rich variety of physical and digital types commonly found in an academic research institution.
Evidence of a successful ability to manage and respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent communication skills, including oral and written and presentation skills
Ability to work independently and initiate needs-based projects with little guidance
Demonstrated ability to carry out complex long-term and short-term project-based work with little guidance
Ability to organize project-based information and data
Ability to meet the university’s requirements for promotion and tenure, including maintaining excellence in librarianship, developing a record of scholarship, and participating in university and professional service.
Working knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues

Preferred Qualifications

Academic background in the sciences or social sciences
Research data management training or work experience
Experience working with datasets, including data management, curation, and retrieval
Experience creating and evaluating data management plans
Knowledge of data science tools (e.g. Jupyter Notebook, GitHub) and research data management resources
Experience with data preservation and curation
Experience in successfully managing technology, staff, and teams
Experience with project management and assessment
Experience developing and delivering instructional content and consultations in an academic environment
Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits package

Advertised Salary: Salary is a minimum of $48,000 plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1.     Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2.     Cover Letter to be typed/pasted in a text box at the end of the application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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