Research Informationist, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Cincinnati OH

Research Informationist - Position Number: 213UC5231
Tenure-track, 12-month Faculty Appointment

The University of Cincinnati's Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library invites applications  for the position of Research Informationist.

Position Summary
The Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a knowledgeable, motivated, and service oriented  Informationist to deliver services and resources to the Academic Health Center and UC Health  research and translational sciences community. The incumbent will work closely with other HSL  library staff to design, develop, and implement a suite of cohesive and comprehensive services  for the UC Academic Health Center and UC Health research community. This is a full-time  tenure track faculty appointment.

This faculty position reports to and receives general direction from the Associate Dean of Library Services and Director, Health Sciences Library. The faculty position works  collaboratively with the HSL Clinical and Research Informationist.

The state-of-the art Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) serves the research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the  College of Allied Health Sciences, the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, and the Greater Cincinnati community at large. It also serves affiliated institutions, including UC Health and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as national and international scholars and researchers. The HSL encompasses 44,872 square feet with a 90-seat computer lab, has over 200,000 print volumes on site, and provides access to over 800 online databases, 110,000 electronic journals, and 149,000 e-books. The library's web site is

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to provide outstanding research collections, responsive service, intellectually stimulating learning environments, and innovative instruction to enable the University to achieve its comprehensive mission of teaching, learning, research, health care, and community engagement. A charter member of the Association of Research Libraries, the University of Cincinnati is a leader in the nationally recognized OhioLINK Library Consortium ( The UC Libraries provide access to research collections of more than 4.3 million volumes, 120,000+ serial titles, primarily electronic, and over 1.2 million e-books. Additional information is available at

The University of Cincinnati (UC) ranks among the nation's top public research universities. As the founding place of co-operative education, UC has a long tradition of putting theory into practice while standing among an elite group of universities defined by the Carnegie Commission. It is a large, public, urban university with a diverse student population of over 42,000. (visit: Cincinnati features all the amenities of a large, bustling metropolis, including art museums, symphonies, opera and theater, outstanding zoo, fine
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Key Responsibilities

  •  Establish dynamic and collaborative relationships with and provide instruction and consultation to faculty and graduate students in response to their information needs to support grant preparation and research. 
  •  Coordinate and conduct training regarding the effective application of biomedical information tools for specific research problems. 
  •  Assist with the assessment, development, and implementation of services to support the information needs of the University's medical and translational research community, including the Office of Research and the various biomedical research programs, centers, and departments. 
  •  Provide specialized and well-integrated reference and research assistance.
  •  Play a lead role in the development and implementation of consultation services for scientific data access, management, and preservation. Employ best practices to develop sustainable and domain-appropriate services and tools that support and enhance UC's research agenda. 
  •  Develop and maintain web portals for specific areas.
  •  Collaborate with other HSL staff to implement evidence-based practice, new technologies, education programs, scholarly communication, research data management, health informatics, collections analysis, and systems support. 
  •  Serve as a liaison to the Center for Health Informatics and other informatics units within the Academic Health Center. 
  •  Participate in appropriate committees, task forces, and organizations related to the duties and responsibilities of the department, and in support of UC Libraries programs and organizations. 
  •  Participate in scholarly, professional, and service activities that enhance the mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries. 


Required Qualifications:

  •  Master's or doctoral degree in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or an equivalent field or an information science/management degree or a comparable combination of experience. 
  •  Strong commitment to innovative and responsive customer service.
  •  Demonstrated understanding of trends and issues in the field of health sciences information.
  •  Knowledge of current computer technologies in libraries and services supporting e-science and ability to plan and implement innovative technology solutions. 
  •  Ability to apply new technologies to a broad range of library applications.
  •  Entrepreneurial attitude to developing services; self-motivated, with the ability to set and attain goals effectively and the flexibility to adapt to change. 
  •  Ability to develop and deliver innovative and responsive instructional programs.
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills. 
  •  Demonstrated record of professional development and contribution, and ability to meet University of Cincinnati Libraries reappointment, promotion, and tenure requirements. 
  •  Physical requirements include frequent communications, verbal and written; frequent sitting and standing; visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess; and thinking analytically 

Desired qualifications:

  •  Additional graduate education in sciences/health sciences or an equivalent field.
  •  Experience in an academic health sciences or research library environment.
  •  Excellent project management skills; experience coordinating and promoting services; experience communicating and collaborating with faculty. 
  •  Knowledge of current instructional pedagogies.
  •  Knowledge of data mining and analysis tools.
  •  Experience working with applying metadata and working with ontologies.
  •  Experience with grant writing or a familiarity with federal funding requirements.

This is a 12-month tenure track faculty position. Rank and salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health care, retirement plan, 22 days of vacation, sick leave, and tuition remission for self and immediate family.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references, must be submitted online at: (search for position number 213UC5231) or call 513-558-6019 for assistance.

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