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Biological Sciences Librarian

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The University of California, San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our Biological Sciences Librarian (at the level of Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). The Biological Sciences Librarian will have the opportunity to develop and extend information services to a major center of academic excellence and scientific innovation.

Responsibilities of the Position

The Biological Sciences Librarian will strategically engage with students, faculty, and researchers to identify areas of library partnership and support education and research at multiple levels. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Library’s Academic Liaison Program. The candidate will:

● Partner with students, faculty, and researchers to define and meet information needs for education and research in the Division of Biological Sciences.
● Serve as the primary contact and information resource for the Division of Biological Sciences on library services, resources, and policies.
● Provide consultation and reference services to support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research, teaching and learning endeavors.
● Develop learning programs and tools tailored to biological sciences to improve information and data literacy.
● Develop and maintain biology-related collections in all formats and collaborate with other librarians and staff on collection management activities.
● Collaborate with research data curation, data sciences, scholarly communications, and subject librarians to develop and implement information services throughout the research lifecycle.

Required Qualifications

● MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
● Undergraduate degree in biology or a related field, or demonstrated knowledge of biological sciences as an academic discipline.
● Familiarity with scholarly resources and reference tools for biological sciences.
● Demonstrated experience providing instruction or training to a range of users.
● Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and ability to work with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
● Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
● Ability to self-start, and work independently as well as within a team or collaborative environment.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

● Experience providing liaison services in an academic or research library.
● Familiarity with information and data literacies as applied within disciplinary schema.
● Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in one of the biological sciences.

● Understanding of traditional and emerging trends in biological sciences research and scholarship.

About the University

With 36,400 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.

The University’s Division of Biological Sciences has four academic sections offering doctoral, masters, and seven undergraduate degree programs; with 155 faculty, 5298 undergraduate students, 344 graduate students, and 155 postdoctoral scholars. Biology is the largest undergraduate major and includes cutting edge research programs which cross the campus, including the School of Medicine and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. UC San Diego Biology also ranks sixth in the U.S. News Global Ranking.

About The Library

The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The Library’s Academic Liaison Program (ALP) directs the user-centered outreach, education and research services of subject specialists in support of the Library's mission to meet the diverse and evolving information needs of the UC San Diego community. The ALP works collaboratively to connect students, faculty, and staff with the full range of Library services.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community. []

Compensation: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Partner Opportunities Program: UC San Diego recognizes that your employment decisions may involve dual career considerations. UCSD provides online and in-person career and relocation assistance to spouses and partners of academic appointees.

To Apply:

For full consideration, completed applications must be received by 7/9/2018 and include the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  2. A resume of education and relevant experience
  3. The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  4. A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion []

Please submit completed applications to

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)