Liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Related Joint Institutes, and Interdisciplinary PhD Programs

at University of Tennessee Libraries (view profile)
Location Knoxville, TN
Date Posted April 25, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Faculty Vacancy

Position Title: Liaison to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Related Joint Institutes, and Interdisciplinary PhD Programs

Appointment Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty

Department: Learning, Research, and Engagement

Reports To: Head, Liaison Programs

Salary: Minimum $52,000

Available: July 1, 2018

The University of Tennessee Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative and highly motivated individual for a newly created position that connects the UT Libraries and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Research Library. The successful candidate will support graduate students, faculty, and researchers at the ORNL joint institutes and interdisciplinary PhD programs.

This position maintains awareness of the research needs of those in the joint institutes and the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education and collaborates with UT librarians and ORNL to deliver a range of library and research support. This position provides specialized library expertise and data support for researchers in these programs. This position will proactively build partnerships to provide in-depth consultation, engagement and instruction and to connect researchers with UT librarians and ORNL. This position will assist researchers and programs in demonstrating research impact and provide guidance with data location, manipulation and research visualization. Fostering communication and collaboration, this position will enhance research support offered by UT Libraries and ORNL partners.  

The liaison serves as a resource to other liaisons at UT Libraries as they provide support for faculty and students across disciplines, particularly in STEM and interdisciplinary areas. Consulting with librarians at UT and ORNL, the liaison develops and shares best practices for using data for demonstrating research impact and research visualization.

This liaison will actively participate in team-based and library-wide liaison activities to develop a shared vision for library resources and services which align with the UTK Libraries’ Strategic Plan. 


Specific Duties:

  • Serve as a liaison between UT Libraries and the ORNL Research Library, communicating user needs for appropriate referrals and the development of new services to support research
  • Collaborate with discipline-based liaisons at UT to provide consultation and instruction to ORNL joint institutes, interdisciplinary PHD programs, and other researchers at UT
  • Collaborate with librarians at UT and ORNL to develop collections and services to support specific research needs and build partnerships to support broader collaborations on shared collections between UT and ORNL
  • Develop marketing and joint engagement activities with the UT Libraries and ORNL to raise awareness of resources to support research
  • Promote scholars’ services and resources and advocate for new scholarly communication models
  • Design and provide instruction and documentation on the interpretation, analysis, and visualization of data for UT liaisons as well as the research community
  • Consult with librarians and individuals at UT and ORNL on the data visualization landscape to help researchers visualize and present their own data and to help UT Liaisons connect their researchers to the best resources
  • Track and analyze data to show impact for candidates and researchers at joint institutes, the Bredesen Center, and for UT researchers
  • Serve the institution and the profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other professionals and institutions
  • Produce and disseminate scholarly work through publications, presentations, and other creative outlets
  • Engage in continuing education and professional development



Required -

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research process and impact in the sciences
  • Willingness to gain expertise in supporting data sciences through professional development opportunities and experience
  • Ability to engage and serve diverse user populations and information environments
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills include the ability to build relationships across professional and disciplinary areas
  • Proven commitment to customer service and user experience
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Preferred -

  • Understanding of a variety of data including: textual, relational, and numerical
  • Experience with data visualization or programming (using languages such as R or Python), or similar skill sets
  • Background in a research library or education in STEM field
  • Experience providing research consultation and instructional services
  • Familiarity with LibGuides software or other web development tools

The successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals. Other expectations include:

  • Flexibility and enthusiasm to work in a culture of continuous learning/innovation to meet changing needs
  • Eagerness to engage with a broad range of researchers across disciplines and institutions
  • Ability to define and communicate best practices for evaluating research productivity
  • Exceptional skills in advocating for resources and demonstrating value based on a thorough analysis of key performance indicators
  • Willingness to handle ambiguity by engaging in an agile approach to producing deliverables



The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main LibraryWebster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus. 

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at  

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at



Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment. Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.  

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures:

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Manager, Library Dean’s Office and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin June 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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