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Research Data Specialist

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Purdue University
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This position requires an entrepreneurial team player that will serve as a primary resource in consultation and problem solving with researchers in data access, management, curation and dissemination. The Data Specialist will work closely with researchers to evaluate data and information needs, and help develop solutions for those needs. S/he will collaborate with Research Data and other librarians to provide expertise in consultation and problem solving around data issues and challenges.The Data Specialist will help design and implement scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate techniques, tools and systems to address questions in data curation and data management in support of research at Purdue University. In addition to working in these areas, s/he will engage in related research and scholarship, and will help develop and participate in data information literacy.


Required Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline. Familiarity with, and commitment to, the discovery, use, and management of data, and demonstrable knowledge of issues, trends, and current applications of the role of data in research and scholarly communication. Experience or understanding of assessing and addressing needs of information and data of domain researchers. Evidence of a proactive, user-centered vision for services; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills essential. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired qualifications: Experience working with repositories or archives. Degree or coursework in science, social science or computer/information science. Record of scholarship and instruction in areas related to data curation or scientific or technical research. Experience working with and/or teaching diverse groups/diverse students.

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To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, Libraries Human Resources Coordinator, at Please place “Research Data Specialist” in the subject line of the email. Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on February 23, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address. A background check will be required for this position.

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.
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