Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Northwestern University, Chicago
Galter Health Sciences Library seeks an innovative and energetic data professional to support robust data practices and promote data discoverability in support of the operations of a data index. The Data Index will be built as part of the recently awarded CTSA Program Center for Data to Health Coordinating Center (CD2H). The CD2H was established through a 5-year award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and will coalesce and coordinate informatics activities across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program, a network of more than 50 medical research institutions, to provide collaborative clinical and translational research infrastructure. A key demonstrator of the data index tool will be a cross-campus lifespan data initiative at Northwestern University from the DevSci Institute focusing on developmental sciences across the lifespan. Working collaboratively with librarians on both campuses, researchers, and IT teams, this full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian will lead outreach of the project to the university and engagement of stakeholders with deposit, management, and preservation of data assets across interdisciplinary research topics. In cooperation with the Head of Digital Systems at Galter Library, as well as other relevant faculty and staff throughout the libraries on both campuses, the successful applicant will provide leadership and direction on this project that advances the strategic direction of Northwestern University through better access and discoverability of data. This position will participate in secondary assignments based on qualifications, interests, and need.
POSITION REPORTS TO: Head, Digital Systems Department
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works at Galter Library on the required and preferred elements of the data index and communicates these elements to the local development team;
Works with software engineers to do requirements specifications and data quality review, completes requirements analysis for data indexing and maintenance;
Works with a variety of stakeholders on campus and beyond to develop appropriate metadata schema and a data dictionary of common terms;
Works with data owners to understand options for dataset deposit and develop a workflow for the registration, management, and preservation of data assets;
Tracks federal and private funding agency requirements for data management, openness, and retention; stays current on trends and issues in the areas of data discoverability, reuse, and attribution;
Develops educational resources and offers training opportunities to researchers on policies, practices, and infrastructure for data management, citation, licensing, sharing, and preservation;
Provides consultation for researchers and research teams on data organization and management strategies with the goal of improving data management skills, awareness of data policies, and data sharing/compliance at Northwestern University;
Works with repository staff to coordinate data ingestion when appropriate;
Maintains use statistics and manages onboarding and outreach of the data index for the Northwestern University community;
Collaborates with data owners and stewards to develop and document quality measures to better understand processes, experiences, and/or outcomes of the data index to support continuous quality improvement;
Collaborates with the community-wide efforts aimed at promoting open, integrated, and rigorous practices in research and scholarly communication.
Contributes toward publications and funding applications and performs other tasks and duties as assigned, relative to abilities and experience.
Master’s degree in library or information science, computer science, biocuration, or other appropriate degree in a field requiring data management expertise OR equivalent combination of education and experience;
2 years of post-degree professional cataloging, metadata, data management, or other relevant experience (with data transformation, data verification, and coding skills preferable);
Experience working with digital repository or content management systems; knowledge of information technologies, standards and best practices prevalent in digital or data curation; familiarity with preservation principles and practices;
Demonstrated knowledge of or direct experience working with or managing various data repositories including research data collections;
Experience with documenting workflows and procedures;
Broad knowledge of metadata formats and data exchange protocols and cataloging and metadata workflows and services;
Experience working with specialized data cleaning software such as OpenRefine;
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multicultural, collaborative environment;
Evidence of professional initiative and excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills;
Prefer experience with one or more programing/statistical languages (e.g., Python or Java) and prefer experience with semantic technologies and data indexing;
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills as well as a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies.
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Located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has built a national reputation for excellence through a strong history of collaboration, interdisciplinary medical education, and research. Along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, it is part of the premier academic medical center known as Northwestern Medicine. The Galter Health Sciences Library, a division of NUCATS, Northwestern’s clinical and translational sciences institute, shares Northwestern’s commitment to excellence, and fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its affiliates. Library staff and faculty strive to improve and enhance health care through innovation and leadership in the organization, delivery, management, and use of quality information to support the educational, research, and patient care needs of our users.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.