Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado


The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a Bioinformationist to work full-time in the Health Science Library at CU Denver at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

The Bioinformationist collaborates with and lends support to research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists within the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz).

The Bioinformationist reports to the Head of Education and Reference.

The Bioinformationist has no supervisory responsibilities but may oversee the work of students, volunteers or other staff on committee work, specific projects, or as requested.

CU Anschutz Health Sciences Library faculty members serve as promotion eligible, non-tenure track faculty


  • Partner with faculty, actively contributing to research proposals and projects, curriculum development, clinical translational science, and outreach to the surrounding community
  • Educate researchers about funder and local open access compliance requirements especially regarding publications and data
  • Monitor trends in biomedical data curation, clinical translational sciences, and biomedical research
  • Participate in research and assist researchers who are developing tools/techniques in biomedical informatics
  • Coordinate and conduct training and consultation services regarding the effective application of biomedical information tools (e.g. NCBI databases, PubMed, Ensembl and other relevant resources)
  • Develop and implement consultation services for scientific data access, management, and preservation.
  • Provide researchers with training and guidance on the appropriate use of electronic collaboration and workflow management tools to support team-based research activities
  • Assist in developing policies, setting priorities, and recommending improvements to the overall provision of core and emerging education and reference services
  • Participate in and assist with the development, implementation, coordination, promotion, and assessment of library programs
  • Collaborate with library and university personnel on projects such as grants, papers, poster presentations
  • Represent the library on university, state, and regional committees and consortia
  • Participate in professional development activities

The Bioinformationist is expected to assume personal responsibility for designing and implementing a plan for continuing professional development and to actively contribute to their profession through scholarly and service activities


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree or higher in a biomedical research field OR a Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited library school
  • At least 3 years of experience working directly with biomedical researchers
  • Demonstrated understanding of the work of laboratory scientists, good research practices and where to apply data science and informatics to this process
  • Experience solving research information and data problems

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD or equivalent degree in a biomedical research field
  • Previous experience working in an academic library, especially as a library liaison
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated evidence of initiative and dependability
  • Demonstrated ability to build a user group and develop user-centered services
  • Ability to work cooperatively in an evolving technological environment
  • Knowledge of "tidy data" concepts
  • Experience with data management best practices, especially the FAIR principles
  • Basic skill in or desire to learn data intensive coding languages like R or python
  • Knowledge of concepts tools for reproducible research (such as R markdown, Jupyter Notebook) and version control systems (like Git or Mercurial)
  • Certification as a Data Carpentry instructor
  • Knowledge of biomedical information resources (such as PubMed), databases (such as the NCBI databases) and open data repositories (such as FigShare)
  • Experience with clinical translational science and health informatics resources
  • Experience teaching adult learners
  • Experience developing real-time and/or asynchronous curricula in person or online
  • Experience with educational technology tools, including course management software, specifically Canvas
  • Working knowledge of blogs, wikis, social media and other Web-related technologies

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $50,000 to $63,000 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 21, 2016. Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) A current CV/resume 3) List of references Questions should be directed to John Jones at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 06868

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 20570 - AVC-OARS Medical Library

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 22, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: John Jones

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00626201


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