Research Data Support Analyst

State College, PA
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Created: November 13, 2018


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications for the position of Research Data Support Analyst within the Digital Scholarship & Data Services Department. The Research Data Support Analyst will work directly with the Research Data Librarian to support faculty in managing and curating the products of research. The Analyst will be involved in curation of research data, facilitating ingest of data into the institutional repository, providing training to researchers and librarians in the realm of data management, both in person and by developing online content.

Responsibilities of the position include: curation of research data and similar content as it is ingested into the Institutional Repository; working with the repository team to improve ingest workflows for research data and improve metadata and documentation; developing curatorial workflows for different data types, file formats, and subject areas; contributing to educational content concerning data management best practices and developing workshops for researchers and librarians about data management and curation best practices.

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Master’s degree in a data focused field of study, an understanding of relevant web and metadata standards; an interest in or experience in stewarding or managing research data; Knowledge of data repositories, preservation, and curation concepts and their application; and experience with SQL, NOSQL and/or SOLR. A demonstrated understanding of scientific research methods and data collection processes; working knowledge of one programming language, such as R or Python; strong organizational skills, and a tolerance for occasional project ambiguity; a willingness to work directly with researchers; the ability to work both independently and in small results-oriented teams; and the demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization are all required. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a 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

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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018 15:39 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, November 15, 2018 15:39 UTC