TraCS Funding Resources Librarian –Health Sciences Library, UNC Chapel Hill–Chapel Hill, N.C.

Available: October 1, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks a collaborative, enthusiastic, and outreach-oriented individual for the position of TraCS Funding Resources Librarian. As a member of the HSL User Services Department and the Health and Natural Sciences Team, the individual in this position works closely with staff and researcher members of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute [http://tracs.unc.edu/], the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Award unit.

By working collaboratively with librarians, faculty, and administrators, the TraCS Funding Resources Librarian will connect researchers with grants and internal and external funding resources. The Librarian will scan funding databases and other sources to find appropriate matches based on researcher profiles including targeted funding opportunities for CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Award) recipients. The individual in this position will liaise with research navigator groups to find multidisciplinary translational funding opportunities for the team science program and with individual researchers across the translational science spectrum to ensure appropriate funding opportunities are communicated in a timely way. The Librarian will reach out to campus units about grant seeking and grant services through a variety of in person and electronic channels and will provide group and individual instruction on funding resources for investigators and their staffs. This position will identify potential new areas of collaboration among TraCS, HSL, REACH NC, and other groups and will connect the UNC statewide system libraries with relevant TraCS Institute initiatives through the Sponsored Programs and Research Council (SPARC) of the 17-institution University of North Carolina system. Other position responsibilities include maintaining the university Foundation Directory Online subscription and web-based grant seeking information for TraCS Institute members. The individual in this position will assist TraCS’ administrative staff to support and help investigators respond and prepare proposals, and assist the TraCS Knowledge Management Librarian and administrative staff with NC TraCS tracking and evaluation efforts including identifying publications and extramural grants that result from TraCS collaborations.

The TraCS Funding Resources Librarian is a liaison and ambassador, fostering clear communication and consultation between the University’s translational science community and a number of groups. These groups include campus libraries, SPARC, TraCS Institute staff, members of the TraCS administrative group, Health Sciences Library staff, the UNC at Chapel Hill Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, staff of the Office of Research Development, and UNC System General Administration.

The individual in this position is expected to contribute to the growing national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium’s knowledge base and to engage professionally at conferences, through research, presentation, and publication, documenting best practices learned through this collaboration and partnership. The librarian in this position reports to the Health and Natural Sciences Team Coordinator at the Health Sciences Library with direction provided by the Program Director of the TraCS Institute. The librarian has office space in both locations.

Qualifications

Required:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a science or health discipline. Minimum one year work experience in health sciences libraries, informatics, grants, life sciences, laboratory science, or health services. Demonstrated understanding of the research processes employed in biomedical and clinical research Demonstrated knowledge of funding agencies and sponsors. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse range of colleagues in different working environments. Evidence of ability to reach out to new and non-traditional clientele.

Strong computer skills including the ability to build web pages, maintain NC TraCS funding opportunities webpage, and identify new tools, as needed. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and ability to manage time and set priorities in an innovative, evolving and time-sensitive work environment.

Preferred:

MD or PhD in biomedical sciences or public health. Experience searching for grant and other funding opportunities from a variety of sources and linking those with appropriate faculty/teams. Two or more years’ work experience in an academic medical or health sciences library.

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, nursing, pharmacy, public health and law. 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 Health Sciences Library’s mission is to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions. To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit: http://www.hsl.unc.edu/.

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 and 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 an at will appointment. 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 represented on the faculty council. The anticipated minimum salary for this position is $50,000. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on August 31, 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 http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/30160 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. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

About John Pell

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

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