Penn State Libraries CLIR Software Curation Fellow

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Digital Scholarship and Data Services


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the Software Curation Fellow. This two-year fixed-term faculty position reports to the Head, of Digital Scholarship and Data Services, and provides leadership in enhancing the libraries digital preservation and data curation programs with software curation services. The successful candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative organization and with academic units across the university. In this role, the Software Curation Fellow will focus on supporting the Penn State University strategic theme for Stewarding our Planet’s Resources ( bring to the forefront a proactive awareness of social responsibility, inherent and historical institutional biases, and ethics of digital preservation and curation. This position will work closely with librarians and staff across the University Libraries who are working on data curation and digital preservation, as well as with Penn State IT, and other library and university units. The Software Curation Fellow will lead an investigation into software curation services to support interdisciplinary data collected, as part of Penn State research, related to climate change and stewarding our planet’s resources. By focusing on this area of strategic importance for Penn State, the Software Curation fellow will influence the ability for future success and distribution of the vital research in this area. Software is foundational to contemporary research in climate science and support both future research and real-world applications. The Fellow will provide insight in the strategies for identifying and curating software within the data lifecycle to enable future access to the scholarly record and work closely with researchers and repository teams at Penn State. Through this scoped effort with interdisciplinary climate research, the Fellow will recommend models for software data curation, including collaboration that can inform cross-institutional efforts. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit The Libraries will support the Fellow in establishing relationships across the university, assigning a faculty mentor, and integrating into a cohort of fellows across the libraries. The position also provides professional development support for training and attending conferences to further skills, network, and promote scholarly research. Responsibilities and Duties: The Software Curation Fellow is responsible for leading; coordinating with research faculty and digital repository and digital preservation efforts at Penn State; investigating the services necessary for software curation in the data lifecycle and related to produced data, including acquisition, licensing, description, access, and preservation; benchmarking and exploring models for collaborative and cross-institutional efforts; and sharing findings through presentations, publications, and workshops with materials available open access. Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline; examples include geography, engineering, agriculture, meteorology, anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology; or in informatics; demonstrated commitment to collaborative research; demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to plan, coordinate, and implement effective projects; experience working with large data sets using common analytic tools and/or statistical software packages; familiarity with software development and associated technologies; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, combined with a facility for working productively with a diverse range of faculty, students, and academic professional staff. Desired qualifications include experience working on cross-disciplinary, distributed, collaborative projects; and familiarity with the long-term management issues of digital scholarship, institutional repositories and data repositories, and the standards and practice of the digital preservation and data curation communities. Salary, Appointment and Rank: This is a two-year fixed term appointment at the rank of assistant librarian, with an annual salary of $70,000. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, comprehensive insurance, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges. Environment: The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and This position is offered as part of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) program of Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences.

How To Apply On This Position

Applicants must apply following the instructions found online at Following an initial screening by CLIR, applications will be forwarded to Penn State University Libraries which will make the final hiring decisions.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088