Scientific Research Data Librarian at National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Created: January 14, 2014


SALARY RANGE: $62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, January 10, 2014 to Friday, January 31, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: ZA-1410-03
POSITION INFORMATION: TERM Appointment - Full-time - Not-to-exceed 2 years
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified U.S. citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust - Background Investigation

About the Agency

The person selected for this position will serve as a Librarian in the Information Services Office.
Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must be registed for Selective Service (see Other Information).
You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

The Information Services Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking an experienced individual to help accelerate the development of the Office's research data management services. ISO is a team-based environment, which emphasize knowledge sharing and collaboration to provide services to NIST scientific and technical staff throughout their research and publishing cycles. The selectee will serve as a Scientific Research Data Librarian to identify strategies for understanding and responding to the evolving research data service needs of NIST researchers. In partnership with ISO's Digital Services Librarian, the selectee will assist NIST researchers formulate data management plans, and prepare data for publication, reporting, and repository ingest. The selectee will identify and recommend tools,techniques, and practices for management of research data throughout its lifecycle. The selectee will also monitor, investigate, and report on emerging trends, best practices, and technologies in digital data stewardship, e-science, scholarly publishing, and open access.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing you experience.

Basic Requirements for Librarian ZA-1410:
(Transcripts must be submitted)
Successful completion of one full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a Bachelor’s degree.


Successful completion of a total of at least five years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to meeting the educational requirements above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-11 OR ZA-III at NIST): Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) or pay band (ZA-II) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience providing scientific research data management services. Specialized experience can
include experience in a college or university library which demonstrates professional knowledge and experience with research data life cycle; applying methods to curate research data; skill in using tools for managing digital data.
SUBSTITUTE FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-11 or ZA-III at NIST): Successful completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in library science or doctoral degree related to the position Or A combination of
education and experience as described above that equates to one year of experience.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: 
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at:

The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official.
The top ten qualified applicants, requesting consideration as a Merit or VEOA candidate, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised.  Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.

Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:
  • Knowledge of the life cycle of research data in the context of scholarly publishing and digital preservation.
  • Skill in applying methods to curate research data.
  • Skill in using tools for managing digital data.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  • Ability to plan and deliver training on research data management to all levels of stakeholders and customers.
  • Knowledge of current issues in eScience/eResearch.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and issues, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.

"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."

NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.


Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 21:40 UTC

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