Data Services Specialist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2013-06-25

Employer: Princeton University Libraries

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The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars.  Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images.  The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.   Available: Immediately   Major Responsibilities: Provides statistical and software consulting services for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty engaged in quantitative analysis of machine-readable data in a variety of academic disciplines, particularly economics, finance, politics, public policy, and sociology. Assists patrons in the choice, application, and interpretation of quantitative methods, and with the use of statistical software needed to implement these methods. Retrieves/manipulates complex data from a variety of sources, including CD-ROMs and Internet archives; transfers data between platforms for use in multiple computing environments, including UNIX and Windows; provides extracts/tables based on electronic data, including government census/survey data and public opinion polls. Organizes, publicizes and conducts group instruction sessions and individual consultations as needed for various constituencies with significant data services requirements, including the departments of Politics, Economics, Woodrow Wilson School, and others. Provides consulting and instructional services at the Data and Statistical Services Lab and, as needed, onsite at other Library facilities on campus. Maintains web presence, including creation of documentation. Evaluates and designs web-based access tools and end user systems. Maintains efficient operation of the Data and Statistical Services Lab and Princeton’s digital data archive. Processes data and creates metadata for files in the data archive. For more detail on Data and Statistical Services, consult

Essential Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree and expertise with at least one major statistical package heavily used at Princeton (STATA, R, SPSS). Experience providing direct data services to patrons, including research consultations or instruction. Strong background in computing and quantitative data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in a quantitative social science or equivalent experience.  Demonstrated ability and experience functioning successfully in a fast-paced environment with a strong service orientation.  Experience in using complex machine-readable data; programming ability; some UNIX/server administration background. Expertise with Stata and R.

Desirable: Strong econometrics background or familiarity with economic and/or financial data.  Expertise with other statistical packages, particularly SAS and MATLAB.

Archived on: 2013-07-31