How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and has annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the Library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
The Research Data Workflows Specialist will advance the library’s mission to create and sustain data services for the campus that support the mission of the University of Michigan researchers through Research Data Services (RDS), a new and growing initiative that will build the next generation of data curation systems. A key focus of this position will be to understand and connect with the various disciplinary workflows on campus in order to inform the development of our technical infrastructure and data services.
The Research Data Workflows Specialist position is centered on understanding and implementing solutions around researcher workflow needs with regard to data intake, transfer, dissemination, and curation. In partnership with library and campus stakeholders, this position will be responsible for developing an understanding of existing technical infrastructures, tools, and workflows (such as through Globus, Hydra and Fedora) used by researchers at the university and how these workflows could be applied, augmented or reimagined to ensure or enhance the value of research data to disciplinary communities or the general public. The successful candidate will provide expert consultation and instruction on the technical aspects of data management and curation to research communities. The incumbent will connect the library to the University’s data science initiatives, build relationships with data science practitioners and personnel who provide support, and serve as the liaison to the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS).
The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.
-Actively engage in the continuing development of the university’s data repository (Deep Blue Data), particularly in workflow design and implementation.
-Work with team to grow RDS and create a consistent and sustainable support service for integrating workflows across researcher tools and systems.
-Collaborate on and inform assessment efforts to better understand researcher practices, infrastructures and workflows across the data lifecycle, translating and integrating this information into developing workflows and pipelines to ingest data into the Deep Blue Data repository and/or other open repositories as appropriate.
-Engage with the University of Michigan’s growing data scientist community, MIDAS in particular, to understand their data management, sharing and curation needs.
-Partner with colleagues to develop an understanding of available tools and infrastructure and develop responses to address the needs of the data scientist community.
-Develop workflows to assist users of Deep Blue Data to connect to data analysis, visualization and other tools used by U-M researchers to consume data.
-Serve as a resource on technical issues with research data.
-Develop and provide guidance and instructional material on discovery, acquisition and use of available research data.
-ALA-accredited Master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
-Experience analyzing and documenting workflows and procedures.
-Demonstrated time management and project completion skills.
-Knowledge of data storage environments and data transfer tools.
-Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team-based environment.
-Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
-Understanding of the scholarly communication environment and processes.
-Knowledge of digital repository or content managements systems.
This position will report to the Research Data Services (RDS) Manager.
Appointment is anticipated at the Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.
The target salary range for this position is $55,000 - $70,000 per year. The actual salary offered may be higher based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.
This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.