Bioinformationist (Assistant or Associate University Librarian)

Institution/Company:
University of Florida
Location:
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Job Type:
  • Faculty
Degree Level Required:
Masters
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Bioinformationist (Assistant or Associate University Librarian)

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a creative and service-oriented Bioinformationist to enhance the Health Science Center Library’s (HSCL) existing bioinformatics and data support program, and to provide consultations, instruction, and outreach for selected basic sciences departments and graduate programs in the Health Science Center (HSC). In this year-round (12 month) tenure-track faculty position, the Bioinformationist develops and teaches courses and workshops and provides individual and group consultations related to bioinformatics, data science, and reproducible research methods. As a member of the Health Science Center Library team, the Bioinformationist provides information services in a variety of modes (in person, email, house calls), performs course-integrated instruction, and participates in the department’s teaching program. The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, including new service development and current service evaluation. The Bioinformationist is also a member of the Academic Research Consulting & Services team (ARCS), an interdisciplinary, cross-libraries partnership. The Bioinformationist works collaboratively with members of HSCL, ARCS, and clients, and will be responsive to campus bioinformatics support needs that arise.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Bioinformationist will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students, faculty, and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The Smathers Libraries recently created a new strategic direction focused on ensuring that the Libraries are a safe, supportive and welcoming learning environment for all users and on focusing engagement efforts to diverse populations within the University and local community. The Bioinformationist will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops the bioinformatics support program based on an understanding of client need and with the commitment to develop this program into a national leader in library-based bioinformatics support services.
  • Develops and provides bioinformatics resource instruction and training, consultation, and other bioinformatics-related services and is responsive to campus bioinformatics support needs that arise.
  • Provides expertise on a range of bioinformatics databases and tools such as those offered by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
  • Provides liaison services to the faculty, post-docs, students, and staff in assigned basic biomedical sciences departments and academic programs in the HSC. Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as identified.
  • Participates as an active member of library-based teams and programs such as Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) (http://arcs.uflib.ufl.edu/), which includes specialists in data management, informatics, and reproducible research.
  • Applies for grants in support of bioinformatics initiatives and provides support to grant writers in assigned academic units and programs.
  • Connects with related units across campus to provide services and resources.
  • Builds a bioinformatics seminar series through collaborative efforts.
  • Participates in planning, policy formation, and departmental decision-making related to services, resources, and new technologies.
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Masters degree or above in relevant biomedical or data sciences field (for example, bioinformatics, biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry)
  • For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight years of relevant experience
  • Experience using bioinformatics resources, such as those available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) or commercial vendors
  • Knowledge of research design and scientific statistical methodologies
  • Record of creating and maintaining strong collaborations within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, or the general public.
  • Knowledge and experience in adult learning through teaching, training, and/or instruction
  • Excellent communication skills including effective presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh)

Preferred:

  • Experience and strong interest in grant writing
  • Experience working in a library with preference for health or biological science client population
  • Experience performing laboratory research
  • PhD in a relevant biomedical science or data science field
  • Knowledge of or proficiency in computer languages and tools used in data analysis (e.g., R, Python, C++, Unix)
  • Experience using research-related literature databases such as PubMed