Research Data Management Librarian

at University of Houston (view profile)
Location Houston, TX
Date Posted October 31, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @UHoustonLib


The University of Houston is committed to advancing its research priorities and transforming ideas into innovations. We seek a dynamic leader to build library research data management services that are responsive to these emerging research needs.


The Research Data Management Librarian will lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of research data management services. Such services may include instruction, consultations, and partnerships with faculty and researchers on data management plans, data management tools and strategies, and metadata standards. Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services within the University Libraries, this position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will collaborate with subject librarians to integrate data management best practices across disciplines, in research labs, and research centers. This position also will collaborate with the Data Services Librarian to expand and promote research support and data-related services across campus. An important component of this responsibility will be staying up to date on funding agencies’ data management policies and contributing to the ongoing training of library staff on research data management fundamentals and services.

The Research Data Management Librarian also will collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Research Services department to promote research data sharing and curation services related to data repositories. Additionally, there are opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in Metadata and Digitization Services on promoting best practices for accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and resource sharing as it relates to the grant process. Based on the emerging needs and collaborative nature of this position, the incumbent will have opportunities to develop expertise in these areas.

The Research Data Management librarian is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians, and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.



  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree, or an advanced degree with demonstrated experience in data management and/or data curation
  • Knowledge of the research data lifecycle and research processes
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills



  • Experience with data management components of the grant process
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats used in research (e.g. Dublin Core, DDI, ORCID, DOI)
  • Awareness of issues related to digital preservation
  • Familiar with aspects of copyright and licensing relating to the deposit, discoverability, sharing and reuse of research data
  • Familiar with institutional or subject based data repository systems and tools
  • Strong teaching and presentation skills


Salary:  $62,000 to $64,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at:

Visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

Library Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The complete document is available at: The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: For information about housing and living in Houston see:

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation. 


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