Research Informatics Specialist

at University of Oklahoma Libraries (view profile)
Published March 28, 2024
Location 401 W. Brooks, Norman, Norman, Oklahoma
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Bachelor's degree AND 24 months of experience in application and software development. Equivalency substitution: Will accept 48 months related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 72 months related experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $65,700
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $72,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


The University Libraries seeks to recruit a technical professional who has a passion for the higher education environment to support data-intensive research and digital scholarship projects. The Research Informatics Specialist is a member of the Digital Scholarship and Data Services department which resides within the Digital Strategies and Innovation division. Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship and Data Services, this role performs information engineering in the form of automation, storage, and retrieval of information through the use and development of cyberinfrastructure.

The primary support focus for this role is research endeavors spanning STEM, Social Science, and Digital Humanities, and may be included in grants as a project resource. The Research Informatics Specialist works closely with other researcher support roles. An ideal candidate will have a proven record of working independently and managing multiple priorities at one time.

Position Responsibilities:

Providing Research Informatics Services

  • Serves as a consultant and collaborator by helping researchers across OU's research domains to develop plans for addressing computing and data needs.
  • Helps teams to innovate, evaluate, develop and deploy new knowledge creation and management technologies.
  • Guides in identifying and selecting engineering informatics tools, e.g. automating dataset ingest mechanisms.
  • Consults with the Research Data Specialist to identify and evaluate data assets.
  • Participates in data audits and associated data assessment activities.
  • Develops technologies and processes for data access and sharing, visualization, preservation, and general data management.
  • Consults with researchers to provide informatics solutions and support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Serves as a consultant helping researchers in OU's research domains to curate and archive digital data and to solve information/data-related problems.


  • Participates in education, outreach, and training on information and data science, including policy, access, and technology issues.
  • Participates in the planning and development of digital and e-research programs that address researchers’ content/information/data-related needs.
  • Engages in partnerships to develop technologies and processes for data access and sharing, visualization, preservation, and general data management.

Program Analytics and Insights

  • Participates in data collection and reporting in support of program assessment and data-driven decision-making.
  • Performs data-driven analysis to drive continuous improvement of accessibility and usability of tools and resources.

Campus Contributions and Professional Activity

  • Participates in library and university committees.
  • Publishes and presents work-related topics and research.
  • Serves and participates in professional activities at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels as appropriate to position and experience.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and contacts in areas related to primary job assignments.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree AND:

  • 24 months of experience in application and software development.

Equivalency substitution: Will accept 48 months related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 72 months related experience.


  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people in a respectful, equitable and inclusive way
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with end-users at varying technological skill levels.
  • Demonstrated high-level technology proficiency and capabilities working with computing systems, disk arrays, computers and software, the Web, and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability in programming in one of the following languages: Python, R, JavaScript, SQL
  • Experience with data visualization and text mining tools.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.
  • Analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Outstanding organizational, project, and time management skills to lead multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree.
  • Experience working with Unix / Linux command line tools.
  • Familiarity with web frameworks such as Drupal or Django.
  • Experience with workflow automation using Celery, Apache Airflow, or other similar frameworks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ontology tools, and technologies supporting humanities research, e.g. Nvivo, ATLAS.ti, XML, CIDOC-CRM, Geovocab.
  • Experience working in an environment that involves complexity and change.
  • Experience in writing and/or managing grants.
  • Experience in working with grant funded researchers.
  • Ability to teach others in group and/or one-on-one settings.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. Interested individuals may review the full position description at To apply for this position, go to and search for job number 240734. Best consideration date for this position is 4/26/24.

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