Research Data Librarian - Social Sciences

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Research Informatics and Publishing


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Research Data Librarian – Social Sciences, in the Research Informatics and Publishing department. This strategic position will lead the University Libraries’ efforts in supporting social sciences data management and curation needs at Penn State. This is a tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head, Research Informatics and Publishing. Major responsibilities include: leading the Data Learning Center, collaborating with colleagues across the Libraries in planning, delivering, and evaluating Library services and support for social sciences research data; collaborating with faculty on course-based instruction, consultations, and projects involving social sciences research data needs; support departmental data information literacy initiatives; and outreach to students, faculty, staff, and the broader academic community. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The successful candidate will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries 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 Required Qualifications: Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline; undergraduate degree in a social sciences discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience; ability to work independently and collaboratively; potential to achieve the requirement for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; and excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in a social sciences discipline; research data management and curation experience, knowledge of qualitative research methods such as ethnography, participants observation and qualitative surveys; experience working with one or more qualitative data analysis tools such as NVivo, Dedoose, Atlas.ti and qualitative data analysis libraries, such as RDQA or PyQDA. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. 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 is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, AP Trust, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations. 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 is a tenure-track faculty position. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University. Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application and resume or C.V. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Robert Harris, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

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