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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position. In the cover letter, please explain your interest in working with the biomedical engineering community and provide specific and meaningful examples of your skills and experiences that directly relate to the job summary, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Job Summary

The Biomedical Engineering librarian works to advance the services, initiatives, partnerships, and strategic agenda designed to advance the institution's research enterprise. The individual will engage and collaborate with faculty, researchers, and students primarily affiliated with the university’s biomedical engineering communities. The College of Engineering, along with the health sciences schools, and relevant STEM programs will comprise the primary communities served by this position. The position is aligned in the library’s HS-STEM division, which is the organizational home for Taubman Health Sciences Library informationists, Shapiro Science Library librarians, and engineering librarians located at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library within the University of Michigan Library.

This position will report directly to the Engineering Lead Librarian and is based in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. The librarian in this role will collaborate with community members across multiple campus locations.

Primary liaison responsibilities will be to the Biomedical Engineering department, which is a joint department between the College of Engineering and Michigan Medical School. An additional liaison assignment with an engineering disciplinary community may be assigned depending on interest and expertise of the candidate.


  • Cultivates new models of engagement and builds partnerships between the library and academic, clinical, and research biomedical engineering communities.

  • Develops and promotes new value-added library services, resources, and programs to advance biomedical engineering research, education, and practice.

  • Provides effective and innovative instruction and consultation on the use of information resources and research practices.

  • Provides consultations to biomedical engineering faculty, researchers, and students at each stage of the research life cycle, on topics such as research data management, scholarly publishing, grant development, and research integrity.

  • Partners with faculty by actively contributing to research proposals and projects, curriculum development and delivery, and evidence-based decision making.

  • Monitors biomedical research landscape to evaluate and recommend information sources, specialized technologies, and tools to meet the research needs of the biomedical engineering community.

  • Participates in relevant continuing education opportunities in both librarianship and biomedical engineering disciplines and practices.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent; or graduate STEM degree.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with biomedical engineering, engineering, life sciences, or medical arenas in an academic or research environment.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and academic publishing practices in engineering, life sciences, or medicine.

  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships to advance the goals of a team.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage several complex projects and respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability or potential to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A).

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of literatures, research methods, and data management best practices in biomedical engineering.

  • Relevant work experience in an academic library, or in a role providing professional outreach and service.

  • Experience developing and delivering student-centered instruction.

  • Experience with expert searching including systematic reviews.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary

Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Senior Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank are 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 ranges for the position are $55,000 - $62,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank, $62,000 - $68,000 per year for the Associate Librarian rank and $68,000 - $75,000 per year for the Senior Associate Librarian rank. The salary offered will be 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 are available.

Candidates that apply by July 1, 2019 will receive first consideration.

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 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.

Our librarians and informationists are a diverse group of information professionals from a variety of educational backgrounds who share a commitment to leadership in STEM and health sciences librarianship, to engagement in our communities of learning and practice, and to excellence in our work. We invite collaborative, enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to join our team. The successful candidate in this new position will foster library collaborations in the biomedical engineering enterprise to advance the work of STEM and health sciences researchers, educators, students, and staff. Candidates possessing specialized experience or education related to biomedical engineering will receive special consideration.

We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

The University of Michigan Library welcomes and provides accommodations for individuals whose needs fall under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please let us know if you request any accommodations.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.