Scientific Research Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-02-05

Employer: National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Announcement Number: ADMR-2014-0005 Position Title: Librarian ZA-1410-III (GS-11/12 equivalent) Salary:  $62,467.00 - $97,333.00 USD Position Information: Term Appointment, not to exceed 2 years   Hiring Agency:  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY Duty Locations: Gaithersburg, MD, US   Open Period:  01/10/2014 - 01/31/2014     The Information Services Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking an experienced individual to help accelerate the development of the Office’s research data management services. ISO is a team-based environment, which emphasize knowledge sharing and collaboration to provide services to NIST scientific and technical staff throughout their research and publishing cycles. The selectee will serve as a Scientific Research Data Librarian to identify strategies for understanding and responding to the evolving research data service needs of NIST researchers. In partnership with ISO’s Digital Services Librarian, the selectee will assist NIST researchers formulate data management plans, and prepare data for publication, reporting, and repository ingest. The selectee will identify and recommend tools, techniques, and practices for management of research data throughout its lifecycle. The selectee will also monitor, investigate, and report on emerging trends, best practices, and technologies in digital data stewardship, e-science, scholarly publishing, and open access.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registed for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

Education This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.   The job requires the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:  

  • Knowledge of the life cycle of research data in the context of scholarly publishing and digital preservation.
  • Skill in applying methods to curate research data.
  • Skill in using tools for managing digital data.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  • Ability to plan and deliver training on research data management to all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  • Knowledge of current issues in eScience/eResearch.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and issues, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.

    Qualifications In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing you experience.   Basic Requirements for Librarian ZA-1410: (Transcripts must be submitted) Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a Bachelor’s degree. OR Successful completion of a total of at least five years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.   In addition to meeting the educational requirements above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.   SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-11 OR ZA-III at NIST): Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) or pay band (ZA-II) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience providing scientific research data management services. Specialized experience can include experience in a college or university library which demonstrates professional knowledge and experience with research data life cycle; applying methods to curate research data; skill in using tools for managing digital data.

SUBSTITUTE FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-11 or ZA-III at NIST): Successful completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree related to the position Or A combination of education and experience as described above that equates to one year of experience.

Archived on: 2014-02-28