Research Data Management Librarian - STEM

You are an innovative and enthusiastic librarian who is interested in elevating research through providing informatics and data services in a team environment. We are a supportive and encouraging institution offering an inclusive, dynamic, knowledge-rich environment for you to succeed as the Research Data Librarian for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  This is a tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head, Research Informatics and Publishing.

The Research Data Librarian – STEM is a role which works collaboratively with their colleagues within the department and across the Libraries to provide leadership and direction around research data management and curation services for Penn State University. You will deliver expert data information advice and guidance to researchers, collaborate on the enhancement of a suite of information services, and set priority for the development of the institutional repository, ScholarSphere. You will lead data curation activities for the University, including managing workflows, developing policies, and actively enhancing datasets. You will actively participate in the Samvera and Fedora, open source communities, to enhance infrastructure for the broader community.

The Prystowsky Early Career Endowment accompanies the position for an initial three-year period (with possibility of renewal for an additional three years) for those candidates within the first 10 years of their academic career. Funds from the endowment will be available to the successful candidate to support their research, teaching, professional travel expenses and other needs. 

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit

Required Qualifications: Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area; undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline; ability to work independently and collaboratively; potential to achieve the requirement for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; and be in the first ten years of an academic library career. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in a STEM discipline; certificate or equivalent in informatics; data curation experience, with a demonstrated understanding of issues and technical challenges, including format migration, preservation, metadata and data retrieval and use. 

Compensation and Benefits: 
Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually.

Application Instructions: 

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To apply, please visit To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin April 8, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 



Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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