Astrophysics, Mathematics and Physics Librarian – Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library seeks an energetic, collaborative, forward-thinking primary subject specialist to support faculty and students in astrophysics, mathematics and physics. This position is the Librarya��s liaison to the Departments of Astrophysical Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics and their associated programs, institutes and centers, including the students, faculty and researchers associated with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. This position provides specialized and individualized reference and research consultation for undergraduate students in these departments particularly as they complete their thesis requirements in 3rd and 4th years, for Ph.D. program students, and for faculty, researchers and affiliates. This position also oversees library user services for Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and maintains the collection at Furth Plasma Physics Library.

Serves as the Librarya��s primary contact for astrophysics, mathematics, physics and plasma physics research, oversees the Librarya��s collections and manages sizable acquisitions funds in these areas. Works closely with subject selectors in the sciences, engineering, history of science, and area studies on collection development, instruction, research support and outreach. Serves as a member of a dynamic team of science and technology professionals based in Lewis Science Library. Shares in responsibility for providing innovative library services that promote discovery, use and integration of physical and electronic library collections. Represents Princeton in relevant regional, national and international professional and scholarly organizations.

Princeton University Library is one of the worlda��s leading research libraries. It employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. The Library supports a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 10 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. More information:

Required Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited Mastera��s degree in library/information science OR equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Familiarity with astrophysics, mathematics and physics literature.
  • Academic degree in astrophysics, mathematics, physics or a related subject area.
  • Minimum 2 years professional experience relevant to reference or research services in an academic or special library.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of scholars and colleagues.

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience conducting research consultations in an academic setting.
  • Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Experience with scholarly communications and data management initiatives, demonstrated knowledge of scientific research and publication trends.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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