Job openings: Two Science Librarian positions, University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for two positions in the University Libraries:

  • Biosciences Librarian (Librarian II)
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics Librarian (Librarian II)

The University of Texas Libraries seeks two Science Librarians to provide innovative research and instructional support services to the College of Natural Sciences and the broader academic community, with a focus in the biological sciences and in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, respectively.

Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Together they are working to change the world through groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques. The College of Natural Sciences is one of the largest colleges of science in the United States, with a community of more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 700 tenure and non-tenure track faculty members, and 1,200 staff.

These positions offer opportunity for creative and strategic approaches to the selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of information resources and research lifecycle support for the stated subject disciplines.  Primary responsibilities include: Liaison to designated departments and research centers within the College of Natural Sciences; provide reference services in all appropriate media, including individual and small group research consultation; manage collections in support of relevant curricula and research; develop content of subject-based web pages; collaborate with faculty to achieve information literacy learning goals, including providing course-specific instruction, consultation on assignments, and creating digital research guides and/or tutorials; collaborate with faculty in relevant academic units to support the research enterprise; engagement with all users in areas of scholarly communication, including open access, e-Science, and data management services, plan for the repurposing of library spaces; identify development opportunities; and market and assess library services.  The successful candidate will be a flexible and creative self-starter who is energetic, entrepreneurial, customer-focused, ready to take on new roles in a collaborative, fast-paced, and change-oriented environment, and willing to take the lead in new initiatives and projects.

The Science Librarians are members of the STEM Liaison Team and report to the team leader.

Required Qualifications:  MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program.  A degree or two years of relevant Subject Liaison or collection development experience in a STEM field.   Demonstrated subject knowledge and familiarity with the scientific literature, database resources and research processes in the natural sciences. Experience providing library instruction, or creating library instruction materials such as assignments, research guides or tutorials for college-level students and faculty. Experience providing reference and research consultation service in an academic- or research-level setting.  Knowledge of current issues in scholarly communication, including such areas as:  open access publishing, research data management, author rights management, publication metrics, reputation management, and/or data curation/visualization services.  Evidence of a strong commitment to user-centered services.  Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking, teaching, writing, organizational, and analytical skills.  Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.  Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.  Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications:  Advanced degree in a scientific field relevant to the position.  Experience working in a scientific research setting.  Two to four years of successful professional library experience with responsibility for subject areas in the biological sciences.  Experience building and maintaining collections, independently or via a team-based approach.  Two years of experience providing information literacy instruction to graduate students, faculty, and staff. Experience collaborating with faculty on instruction or outreach projects, including instruction integrated into courses or course management systems.  Experience developing and maintaining web-based guides or resources.  Experience with any or all of the following:  collaborating with faculty on research or publishing projects; providing data management services, including data management plans; analyzing publication metrics; designing and promoting innovative programming and services in support of rese!

arch and teaching in liaison departments.  Experience planning and implementing the redesign of library spaces.  Past success in grant-writing or other development initiatives.  Evidence of initiative, creativity and resourcefulness. Demonstrated potential for leadership at university, state, national and international levels.


Salary and Benefits:  $55,000 annually or more, depending on qualifications and experience.  No state or local income tax.  Standard state benefits package including annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, and health insurance options (comprehensive major medical and HMO plans, dental, vision, life, and disability).  Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs also available.


Recruiting Schedule:  To receive full consideration, complete application materials are due by the date of first review, March 22, 2016.  Interested candidates must complete an online Application of Employment.



Biosciences Librarian (Librarian II)

Posting number: 16-02-29-02-0086


Physical Sciences and Mathematics Librarian (Librarian II)

Posting number: 16-02-29-01-0086



The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender _expression_, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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