Librarian Asst. Professor

Job description

Job location: Coral Gables, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-08-07
Req: R100033858
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The University of Miami (UM) is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

Biomedical Data Librarian

University of Miami Libraries

The University of Miami Libraries seeks applications for a Biomedical Data Librarian, a newly defined position in the UM Libraries. Reporting to the Head of Data Services and working within the Digital Strategies division, the Biomedical Data Librarian will play a central role in developing and providing Library services for access, use, and manipulation of quantitative and qualitative datasets in biomedical research, scientific research, and laboratory environments. While the Biomedical Data Librarian will be primarily located in the Calder Medical Library on the UM medical campus, the position will work closely with the Data Services team, Data Scientist, and liaison librarians located on the Coral Gables campus, as well as the Executive Director of the Medical Library and the Library’s Head of Learning, Research, & Clinical Information Services. The UM Libraries are in the process of building a coordinated cross-campus data services and data management infrastructure and this position will play a critical role in creating a data services component for the medical campus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provide data services for the UM medical campus community (70%):

The primary responsibilities for this position are to develop and provide data services for the University of Miami medical campus community. These include:

  • In collaboration with Data Services team, provide consultative and instructional services for faculty, students, researchers, and staff in quantitative and qualitative data access and analysis, including use of software tools such as SPSS, Tableau, R, and REDCap;
  • In collaboration with the Data Services team and Data Scientist, provide consultative and instructional services for open science practices and policies, best practices in data management, and e-notebooks for lab environments;
  • Facilitate access to and use of data resources across medical disciplines;
  • Direct research data deposits to discipline-specific repositories such as Open Science Framework, GenBank, and;
  • Assist in developing data management plans (DMPs) for grant applications;
  • Assist Head of Data Services in creating and maintaining an active data services web presence;
  • Assess services and identify critical needs to continue development of medical data services.

Support medical researchers in research and clinical environments (20%)

  • Identify and promulgate medical and clinical data standards, metadata standards, and best practices for data management in clinical research environments;
  • Dedicate time for embedded support for research and clinical environments;
  • Work with Data Services team and medical campus librarians to identify campus research and laboratory locations for providing on-site data services support;
  • Work with Head of Data Services to develop and deliver virtual and on-site services for the regional medical campus in Boca Raton;
  • As part of a larger campus effort, contribute to development of research data management services, including the management, curation, and sharing of data sets created by University of Miami researchers.

Professional service and engagement (10%):

  • Network, collaborate, and actively participate in local, state, regional, national, or international organizations, as appropriate;
  • Represent and promote the University of Miami Libraries in local, state, regional, national, or international organizations, as appropriate;
  • Serve on/participate in Libraries and University organizations, committees, task forces, and teams, as appropriate.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree, or a Master’s or higher degree in a relevant data-intensive discipline;
  • Demonstrable experience working with numeric data in a medical or research setting;
  • Knowledge of free and licensed sources for numeric datasets;
  • Proven experience in the use of at least one major statistical/data analysis package (such as SPSS, R, Stata, or SAS)
  • Familiarity with best practices in research data management;
  • Commitment to user-centered library services;
  • Willingness to learn new software programs, research methods, and keep up-to-date with newest developments in medical research and data services;
  • Willingness to work with the schedule of medical professionals for teaching workshops in the evenings;
  • Willingness to travel regularly between the medical and Coral Gables campuses.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year of relevant data services experience in an academic, scientific, or corporate environment;
  • Familiarity with clinical research and interdisciplinary medical research;
  • Experience working in an academic library environment.


The University of Miami ( is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is a privately supported, non-sectarian institution located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus with operations at three additional locations throughout the greater Miami region: Medical campus (downtown Miami); Marine and Atmospheric Science campus (Virginia Key); and South Campus (Richmond Facility). The University comprises eleven degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science.

The University of Miami Libraries (UML) rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3.9 million volumes and 100,000 current serial subscriptions. UML comprises six libraries across the University’s three campuses. UML locations on the Coral Gables campus include: the Otto G. Richter Library (the central, interdisciplinary library); the Paul Buisson Architecture Library; the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center; and the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library. The downtown Miami campus hosts the Louis Calder Memorial Library. The Virginia Key campus hosts the Rosenstiel Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. Libraries at the School of Law and the Department of Ophthalmology in the Medical School are administered independently. The University of Miami Libraries provide support and services for 10,832 undergraduates, 6,171 graduate students, and 15,630 full and part time faculty and staff. UML employs 85 professionals (including 61 librarian faculty), 97 support staff and 56 FTE student employees. UML is a member of and contributor to the Association of Research Libraries, Association of Southeast Research Libraries, Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, Council on Library and Information Resources, OCLC Research Library Partners, International Federation of Library Associations, Center for Research Libraries, International Association of University Libraries, Library Publishing Coalition, Digital Library Federation, Hathi Trust, Academic Preservation Trust, Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries, Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine and Southeast Florida Library and Information Network. UML licenses electronic resources through the Northeast Research Libraries and Lyrasis consortia. UML is a member of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, Scholars Trust and Florida Academic Repository (FLARE).

The Louis Calder Memorial Library
The downtown Miami campus hosts the Louis Calder Memorial Library.  Its staff of 24 primarily serves the Miller School of Medicine’s educational and biomedical research programs, and UM’s clinical enterprise, UHealth.  Library services are also provided to the Medical School’s primary teaching hospital, which shares a campus with the Miller School.  The downtown campus is located approximately eight miles from the Coral Gables campus, and The Miller School of Medicine’s regional campus is located in Boca Raton, Florida.

Salary and Benefits:

Compensation will be competitive and will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the person selected. Librarian Faculty hired at the rank of Librarian Assistant Professor typically receive an initial four-year appointment. Appointments at the Librarian Associate Professor rank and above are typically five-year, renewable contracts. The University of Miami offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 403b retirement plan; medical, dental, and vision benefits; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; eight paid holidays; 6 float days; and twenty-two days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore and sporting event discounts; and optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center. Moving allowance is available. No state or local income taxes.


Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted here and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.




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Posted: 8/8/2019
Application Due: 2/27/2020
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