SLIS Jobline


Science Librarian, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Science Librarians (2 openings), Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Job Description: The Science Librarian will participate in a broad range of activities in support of teaching, learning, and research at Brandeis University with a focus on the sciences. As liaison to science departments and centers, the librarian will maintain an active program of engagement and collaboration with faculty, students, and staff to facilitate awareness and use of appropriate resources and to contribute to defined learning outcomes. Instruction that incorporates information and technology fluency, resource selection that builds and evaluates digital collections, development of innovative tools and methods for delivering content and engaging constituencies, and participation in research assistance methods to engage scholars at every point in their learning and careers will be key areas of activity. A portion of the librarian's time will be dedicated to embedded activities within assigned departments and programs, including programs with online courses. The librarian will collaborate effectively with other staff and academic departments and programs to enhance scholarship and teaching. The librarian will develop instructional materials, methods, and resources to support new and emerging needs in teaching and learning across campus. At Brandeis University, our mission and history are rooted in the pursuit of social justice, thus we aim to include this value in all that we do. We are seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation and who are committed to building, engaging with, and sustaining a pluralistic, unified, and just campus community.

There are two available positions.

Essential and Other Functions:

  • Engages in relationship building with assigned departments and centers to grow and sustain an effective, responsive program of activities. Understands discipline-specific curricular needs and coordinates use of library resources and services in support of these. Understands research practice and learning culture and develops programs and outreach to facilitate awareness and use of appropriate resources and to contribute to defined learning outcomes. Provides specialized information services including individual consultation and group instruction.
  • Utilizes subject knowledge and awareness of department culture and practice to understand needs and identify, acquire, promote, and assess collections in all formats.
  • Collaborates with colleagues within and beyond the Library on projects to advance teaching and learning, maximize user experience, utilize instructional technologies where appropriate, contribute to university goals, and assess contributions.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in programs of research assistance, consultation, instruction, and departmental outreach.
  • Contributes to national conversations through professional development and service. Maintains knowledge of current best practice and innovation in academic librarianship.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS or equivalent experience and education required.
  • Experience in an academic setting that demonstrates engagement with departmental constituencies and innovative collaboration on teaching and research activities
  • Understanding of research and teaching needs for faculty and students in the physical and life sciences
  • Facility with technologies associated with teaching and learning
  • Commitment to contributing to the Library's work in developing an environment that is inclusive and supportive of diversity.
  • Understanding of digital content acquisition and evaluation issues
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with data analysis and visualization tools
  • Commitment to service and professional development
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, with a collegial approach to innovation and problem solving
  • Sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Subject background in the sciences or considerable experience as liaison to the science programs on an academic campus
  • Experience with supporting faculty and students in online programs
  • Experience with research data management and support of evolving scholarly
  • communication practices in the sciences
  • Familiarity with support needed for computationally-intensive research (Python, R, MatLab)
  • Experience supporting faculty and students working with complex or messy datasets.
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment

Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

This appointment is to a position that is in a collective bargaining unit represented by SEIU Local 888.

For more information and to apply please visit

Professional Job Listings in New England