Chemistry Liaison Librarian- Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University: Libraries
Chemistry Liaison Librarian / Information Scientist

Location: Pittsburgh

Join us in building a 21st century library at the heart of research and teaching. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home to world renowned faculty leading the way in their fields with state of the art, interdisciplinary research and an emphasis on training the next generation of innovators. The library is highlighted in the university’s strategic plan and we seek engaged professionals who will work collaboratively to develop and lead library services to meet the needs of the university.

We invite applications for a service-oriented, technically skilled professional who thrives in a creative, agile work environment. Candidates for the Chemistry Liaison Librarian / InformationScientist (IS) should have a strong background and/or interest in chemistry and research, an understanding of the chemistry research lifecycle, and should be highly motivated to develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and students in chemistry and related disciplines. In addition to serving as the primary liaison to the Chemistry department, you will work with other liaison librarians to engage with faculty and students across the Mellon College of Science and related programs such as the Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service, and have a demonstrated record in working with international and underrepresented minority students.

Under the leadership of the Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of Research and Academic Services, you will:

  • Acquire and maintain expertise in information trends in chemistry and related disciplines
  • Develop innovative services and resources for the chemistry research, teaching and learning communities, including areas such as open access publishing, cheminformatics, and reproducible science
  • Provide data management consultation and research data services, in collaboration with the libraries’ research data specialist
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop information literacy curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Help to build and maintain the libraries’ sciences collections in response to the changing research, teaching and learning needs of faculty and students in the Mellon College of Science
  • Work with library faculty and staff to provide general and science reference services to the CMU community
  • Provide guidance with research metrics using Scopus, Web of Science, SciVal, Google Scholar, Harzing’s Publish or Perish, Symplectic Elements, and other tools that may emerge
  • Work with vendors to identify, develop, advertise and train on new platforms or services

In addition to providing responsive library services to faculty, students and staff, you will be encouraged and supported in developing your own program of research and scholarship related to information science and librarianship or to aspects of your disciplinary expertise. You will also participate in governance and projects through various committees and working groups asassigned or elected.

As the Chemistry Liaison Librarian/IS, you will be a member of the library faculty. To be considered for reappointment or promotion, you will be expected to demonstrate excellence in librarianship and in research or scholarship. For more information, please visit:

Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply



  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution OR advanced degree in chemistry or related disciplines
  • Subject area background or academic coursework in chemistry or related disciplines
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups including colleagues, faculty, students, and administrators
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Dedication to professional development


  • A Ph.D. or graduate degree in chemistry or related disciplines
  • Experience providing research services in an academic library setting
  • Experience managing, analyzing or working with data
  • Knowledge of current issues in scholarly publishing and communication
  • Experience with new technologies, tools, and trends in digital research and scholarship in the sciences
  • Successful candidate in place in advance of our Fall 2017 semester

This position requires a background check.

Application Instructions

Please include your resume/CV, a letter of interest and contact information for three references.

Applications received by April 10th will be given first consideration.

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