Research Librarian (Tenure Track Faculty Position)

Columbus, Ohio
Minimum $60,000/year
July 20 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an innovative, motivated and collaborative professional for the tenure-track faculty position of Research Librarian. As part of the Research and Education liaison team, the Research Librarian will develop and provide instruction and consultations in classroom, small group, and individual settings and also produce online guides and learning materials that support the research efforts of biomedical and health sciences basic scientists. The successful candidate will engage with faculty, staff, and students and develop expertise to inform and enhance the research enterprise.


80% Librarianship

  • Develops expertise in areas of interest to basic scientists, such as publication metrics/bibliometrics, data management planning and journal/funder requirements, genetic information databases, open access and open science, and expert comprehensive searching for the purposes of grant and/or IRB submissions and systematic, scoping or other review types. Within an appointment-only research consult model, provides in-depth consultations connected to these areas.
  • Develops, implements, and assesses strategic instructional and curricular programs or courses through a variety of methods and formats aimed at the information needs of basic scientists in the health sciences, primarily but not limited to the College of Medicine.
  • Engages in successful relationships with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, and collaborates with other librarians and research-oriented units across the medical center and University as appropriate.
  • Stays abreast of new tools and approaches to partner with and support the research community.
  • Serves on Health Sciences Library, University Libraries, and University committees and working groups and collaborates with university centers, offices, and other librarians as appropriate. Participates in strategic planning and goals setting at the Health Sciences Library, including leading initiatives as appropriate.

20% Scholarship and Service

  • Conducts research and scholarly activities in appropriate venues in order to meet the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion and tenure (see

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis; or a PhD or other terminal degree in a biomedical, biological/life sciences, biologically-oriented chemistry, or bioinformatics field with demonstrated interest and/or expertise in health sciences librarianship.
  • Experience with health sciences database searching and familiarity with common information workflows in basic science research settings
  • Familiarity with scientific terminology, methodologies, and the evolving health sciences information landscape
  • Able to take initiative, lead individual efforts, prioritize and scale services; willingness and courage to try new ventures
  • Familiarity with current trends and technologies facing academic research environments
  • Familiarity with complex academic settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a biomedical, biological, life or health sciences field
  • Minimum 2-4 years of experience in an academic, life sciences, or health sciences library
  • Ability to adapt and work well within a complex, changing environment
  • Documented evidence of ability to lead projects and initiatives relevant to research and education within an academic or health sciences library
  • Experience in a research/academic laboratory setting

Rank and Salary

This is a full-time, regular, 12-month appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary and faculty rank at either Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are dependent on qualifications and experience. Targeted hiring minimum is $60,000/year.


The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available.  For a summary of benefits, see:

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.


Individuals interested in this faculty position must submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter as one PDF and complete the application on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center career site, job ID R20787. See Review of applicants will begin August 20, 2021.

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