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Research Librarian for Engineering & Biotechnology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research Librarian for Engineering & Biotechnology* in the Research Engagement department. The department engages with faculty members, researchers, and students across the full lifecycle of research and scholarship, offering dynamic services, spaces, and technologies to enable all forms of research, discovery, and learning, and connecting faculty and graduate students with a full suite of resources for research and teaching productivity. The department coordinates oversight for the Libraries' high tech spaces including the Teaching and Visualization Lab, the Game Lab, the Creativity Studio, and the Visualization Studio. The department's librarians collaborate with faculty and students on emerging technologies for research, visualization, data curation and management, bibliometrics, and computational analysis in an evolving scholarly communication environment. They build programs and partnerships that enhance research productivity and competitiveness, support interdisciplinary collaboration, foster inclusive spaces for early career researchers, and conduct research consultations. The position is based at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and reports to the Department Head, Research Engagement.

*For candidates with preferred management experience and interest, appointment at the Associate Head level may be considered.


  • Provides expert services for faculty, staff, and students across the research lifecycle including information discovery, data curation, visualization, research computing, and scholarly communication
  • Identifies trends in research practices in engineering and biotechnology and recommends strategies for aligning library services accordingly
  • Fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary interactions among faculty and other stakeholders by supporting and collaborating with interdisciplinary research teams
  • Provides instruction on research skills and data literacy to students in the sciences and engineering and engages in ongoing development and implementation of innovative pedagogical practices
  • Provides consultation on the use of scholarly resources, technologies, and the NCSU Libraries' technology-rich spaces
  • Collaborates with Collections & Research Strategy librarians in collection development and assessment activities
  • In collaboration with research administration at NC State, advises researchers in evaluation of grant opportunities including meeting funder and university requirements for providing public access to publications and data resulting from research
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
  • NC State University librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library/information science
  • Academic preparation or relevant experience in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
  • Understanding of information sources and research methods in the sciences and engineering
  • Ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving, and ability to thrive in an exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational and professional environment
  • Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Degree in engineering, life sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline
  • Awareness of open research practices and incentives
  • Knowledge of emerging research services trends such as data science, visualization, impact metrics, or research computing
  • Relevant supervisory/management experience
  • Demonstrated success in faculty and student engagement

The Libraries

The NC State University Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal's Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and eleven Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 5.2 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network. 

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at

Application Process and Schedule

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number 00001596. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact Libraries Human Resources office (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148

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