Information Scientist: Research Metrics Specialist

Boulder, Colorado
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Created: November 6, 2015


 Information Scientist: Research Metrics Specialist
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Information Scientist: Research Metrics Specialist

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a new full-time position.  Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on November 17th, 2015.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

ISS-NCAR – Library

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

UCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position

Responsible for the development, collection, analysis, and reporting of NCAR/UCAR research with a particular focus on measures to indicate understanding of the impact of the scholarship resulting from scientific work that uses NCAR/UCAR facilities. This position works within the NCAR Library's (Office of Research Impact Services), which is responsible for helping UCAR meet compliance regulations for funder reporting and for promoting an understanding of NCAR/UCAR research across the UCAR community.

Support the research information management needs of the UCAR President’s Office and the NCAR Directorate, NCAR Laboratories and UCAR Community Programs in terms of reporting requirements to NSF and other sponsors, to the UCAR Board of Trustees, and to the UCAR community at large. Assist with raising awareness, promoting understanding, and proper interpretations of such metrics, including altmetrics.
Develop, implement, and promote technical systems and services to expose the impact of NCAR/UCAR scholarship, research data collections, and the scientific research community use of our facilities.
Act as Library liaison and provide outreach and training to the NCAR Laboratories and UCAR Community Programs on research metrics. Follow emerging trends in the area of research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics, and investigate related efforts to measure scholarly impact.
Provide expert input for the enhancement of institutional repository metrics, including repository usage metrics as well as impact metrics for the materials contained in the repository.
Provide support and guidance for institutional VIVO initiatives, such as divisional/institutional collaborations within and outside of UCAR
Generate project ideas and prepare grant submissions related to research  metrics. Provide project management for funded grant projects.
As requested, assist other Library and institutional personnel with strategic planning, coordination, and deployment of research data services directed at facilitating, promoting, and understanding the research lifecycle.


Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in Library Science, Informational Science, or relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning.
At least 3 years of progressive experience in information technology in an academic library with substantial technical knowledge of systems and digital technologies including significant experience in developing and managing technical projects.
Experience in a research library, higher education institution, federal or non-profit institution, or technology organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated expertise is research metrics, including bibliometrics, altmetrics, impact metrics and statistics.
Demonstrated expertise in the use of Web of Science and other industry standard databases for the purposes of research evaluation.
Detailed knowledge of project management, and a demonstrated ability to estimate the scope of a project and bring it to completion on time and within budget.
Expert knowledge of library metadata systems, frameworks, and taxonomies.
Familiarity and comfort with technical underpinnings of research metrics software, frameworks, and tools.
Expertise in HTML and other basic web programming. Exposure to javascript and other web languages.
Demonstrated record of excellent oral, written, interpersonal and technical communication skills along with strong analytical and decision-making skills. Ability to communicate complex and subtle ideas to lay audiences.
Collegial in all respects, with a proven capacity to listen closely to the ideas and opinions of others.
Understanding of scholarly research institutions and their attendant politics, culture, and current challenges.
Knowledge of existing and emergent standards and trends relating to research metrics, digital libraries and other scholarly information resources.
Experience with obtaining grant funding and managing grant-funded projects is preferred.

Decision Making and Problem Solving:
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
Job Location
Boulder, , United States
Position Type
Appointment Type
Regular, Full-Time (R1)


Published: Friday, November 6, 2015 16:20 UTC

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