Physical Sciences Librarian–NC Chapel Hill University Library–Chapel Hill, N.C.

POSITION: Physical Sciences Librarian

AVAILABLE: December 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library seeks an entrepreneurial and technologically-adept subject librarian for the physical sciences. The Physical Sciences Librarian will join a dynamic team of science, health science and bioinformatics librarians who carry out an expanding program of research support, course- and curriculum-integrated instruction, and data services. The Physical Sciences Librarian will be responsible for outreach, instruction, research and data support services, and collection development for assigned communities. These will be drawn from among chemistry, physics, astronomy, statistics, pure and applied mathematics and applied sciences, based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and library needs.  The individual in this position reports to the Head of Kenan Science Information Services and is a member of the Health and Natural Sciences Team.

The Physical Sciences Librarian will actively develop and sustain effective working relationships and foster collaborations and partnerships with the faculty, students and administrators in assigned areas and across the Libraries.  The Librarian will actively monitor research and teaching programs within assigned areas as well as relevant developments at the campus, UNC-system and national level, and will develop content for assigned subject areas including course guides, subject guides and other instructional and outreach materials.  In concert with library-wide initiatives, the individual in this position will identify opportunities and develop services to support the curation of research data across the entire data life-cycle.  The successful candidate will be well-versed in current and emerging trends in data science, scholarly communication and science librarianship, and will possess the ability to apply new technologies to a broad range of library applications.

The Physical Sciences Librarian will participate in Library-wide initiatives and serve on committees and task forces as needed, and will participate as appropriate in professional activities and organizations.  Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly/creative activity are required for reappointment and promotion in rank.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an exciting nexus of research and innovation and receives over $232K per faculty FTE (ranked 4th in the U.S.) in governmental contracts and grants revenue. The library collaborates with numerous interdisciplinary groups focusing on science, informatics, and institution-wide initiatives such RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute); the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS); the consistently top-ranked School of Information and Library Science (SILS); the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Frontier Research Center

The Kenan Science Library, located in Venable Hall within the Department of Chemistry, is a new space with a Collaboratory that is evolving into a user-centered makerspace The physical collections are located in the Science Library Annex in Wilson Library. For more information, see


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Two years’ experience providing research services in an academic, special or research library. Demonstrated ability to successfully support the teaching, learning and research work of one or more scientific research communities. Proficient with a broad range of productivity applications and research databases used in STEM disciplines. Effective oral and written communication skills; excellent analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collegially in a complex environment. Strong commitment to user-centered public service. The ability to work effectively with diverse library users and staff. Evidence of initiative and innovation in delivering library services.

Preferred: Bachelor’s or advanced degree in astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or a related science. Three to five years’ experience in an academic, special or research library. Experience with research data management. Experience with assessment methods, metrics, and tools, and the application of these to decision-making and planning. Experience with makerspaces and emerging technologies. Effective project management skills. Teaching experience including experience with instructional design.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on September 17, 2013.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

About John Pell

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

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