Job Posting: Bioinformatics Resident Librarian, University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Library seeks applications for a two year residency position to develop bioinformatics services at the Library. The position will be situated in the John Crerar Library which houses the Library’s medicine, biological sciences and physical sciences collections. This position is contingent on the availability of funding.


The Resident Librarian will assess the needs of faculty, graduate students, researchers and staff at the University working in bioinformatics and develop specialized services to meet those needs. Services may include, but are not limited to, identifying critical databases, computing resources and tools such as Ensembl, BLAST, FASTA and Oncomine for research and data analysis.

Instruction and Outreach

   * Training researchers to use these and other tools through lectures, workshops, course integrated instruction and consultations will be a key component of the Fellow’s work.   In addition, the Resident Librarian will develop relationships with faculty at the University, acting as a liaison to the Library.

  * The Resident Librarian will ensure that library staff is informed of current bioinformatics trends and activities at the University and nationwide, including research tools and resources available in addition to identifying and organizing bioinformatics training sessions for Library staff in consultation with others at the University involved in bioinformatics.

  * The University of Chicago is active in bioinformatics with a Center for Research Informatics, Biostatistics Laboratory, and Chicago Center for Systems Biology, Computation Institute, , Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology and Institute for Translational Medicine. The Resident Librarian will foster relationships with these and others on campus.

Required Qualifications

MLS or MLIS from an accredited school of library information science and an advanced subject degree in the sciences, or other relevant field; or a PhD in a relevant discipline; knowledge of and experience using bioinformatics resources; teaching experience in a library or academic setting; demonstrated experience using bioinformatics resources or providing bioinformatics services to a search community; demonstrated knowledge of current and developing information technologies; demonstrated ability to communicate respectfully and effectively, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups; demonstrated ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; demonstrated strong commitment to professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous attendance at a NCBI Advanced Workshop for Bioinformatics Information Specialists; 2- 3 years related experience in an academic library; Knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies.

Apply for this position at:  Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by April 24, 2015.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

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