Open Science Librarian

New York, NY, USA
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Created: March 16, 2022



New York University Libraries is seeking a librarian to provide guidance, tools, and services to better meet the needs of faculty and students across the sciences, with a strong focus on scientific literacy and the values of equity, openness, and privacy. The Librarian for Open Science will work creatively with colleagues to implement and enhance STEM-focused instruction, programs, and services, deliver physical and virtual reference and consultation services, and take a leadership role on projects and initiatives. The person in this position should have a strong public service orientation, knowledge of library technologies and systems used in the sciences, and an understanding of the issues surrounding open science, scholarly publishing, and communications in STEM fields. The Librarian for Open Science will work closely with colleagues within the Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Data Services, Scholarly Communications and Information Policy, and Engineering departments.

As part of the Science Research Services team, the Librarian for Open Science contributes to the Libraries educational mission by establishing strong relationships with undergraduate through doctoral level students and faculty; providing in-depth information services to both on-campus and online students; and connecting our communities to the services and information seeking tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs throughout the research life cycle. This Librarian may serve as Liaison to one or more academic units, while also contributing to Science Research Services’ efforts to sustain a set of services broadly applicable to scientific communities at NYU, including support of scientific openness, social impact, and scientific communication; research collaborations workflows (including transdisciplinary, translational, and team science); data privacy, ethics, and consent; and community, citizen, and Indigenous contribution to the scientific record.


Faculty librarians also explore their own active research agenda, contributing their expertise, experiences, and investigations to build new knowledge in their chosen areas. Librarians have wide latitude in determining their research agendas, and the Librarian for Open Science would find themselves well positioned to make substantive contributions to research in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, equitable and ethical research service provision, identifying and challenging bias in natural, computational, and health sciences research and publishing, mitigation of “information privilege,” and other topics at the intersection of scientific information and equity. 

NYU Cluster Hiring Initiative

NYU Libraries is participating in the NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative to recruit, welcome, and support new library faculty working across the Division on timely themes of social importance, such as Inequality and Anti-racism, Population Health and Health Equity, Open Science and the Public Good, and Urban Environments and Politics. NYU Libraries will use the cluster-hire approach to address our goal of building a more diverse faculty community in a concerted way, with the full weight of the University’s recruitment and retention toolkit. It also allows us to mobilize our internal resources, including onboarding, cohort mentoring, and measures to protect time for research and service, and bring them to bear to ensure the success of new hires. See full details about the Libraries cluster hiring initiative.

This particular position is part of our Health and Scientific Literacy, Openness, and Equity cluster, which lies at the intersection of information science, health and scientific literacy, and social justice. The three positions in this cluster focus on equity within scientific information culture writ large, and support NYU research and curricular needs in the natural, computational, and health sciences, with an emphasis on equity, information literacy, and open scholarship. Two of the positions sit in the Libraries’ Health Sciences department and focus specifically on health equity and health information literacy while the third position sits in the Libraries’ Science Research Services department, focusing on scientific literacy and open scholarship and bridging the natural, computational, and health sciences fields.  All three positions address an increased demand for health and science expertise at NYU that specifically engages with profound disparities around health and scientific literacy, access to information, and the politics of information.

About NYU Libraries

The Division of Libraries values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented communities. We are proud of our organizational culture and are committed ​to​ building​ ​and sustaining​​ a​ diverse, ​inclusive, ​and equitable​ ​organization​ that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more information regarding the Libraries’ commitment to IDBE, see the Libraries’ Mission & Values Statement, our Diversity and Inclusion Values Statement, and our Commitment to Anti-Racism.

Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background. Faculty at NYU, including in the Division of Libraries, have always enjoyed relative flexibility in their work, allowing for remote work as appropriate.



  • Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher), conferred by start date, for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required to be eligible for tenure. One of the two graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated engagement with one or more STEM fields germane to this position, also including computer science or engineering, data science, science and technology studies, etc. 


  • Experience in a library or research setting that demonstrates a commitment to the mission of research libraries (e.g., providing researcher support, building research collections, creating programming that furthers the mission of a research community)

  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities surrounding open science, scholarly publishing, and communications in STEM fields

  • Experience working across organizational boundaries with complex stakeholder groups

  • Experience with STEM research and/or scientific datasets

  • Experience practicing and/or supporting rigor and reproducibility

  • Experience crafting pedagogy that invites learners to integrate data into health, social, or policy analysis

  • Experience with instruction, including current knowledge of critical pedagogy, antiracist and/or feminist approaches

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility within teaching, learning, and/or research services

  • Experience providing in-person and/or virtual reference and consultation services for STEM communities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of library technologies and systems used in STEM fields

Application Instructions

We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references. NYU Division of Libraries requires all candidates for this position to supply a statement demonstrating their dedication to inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging as part of their application. Access the Diversity Statement prompt here Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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Published: Thursday, March 17, 2022 18:27 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, March 17, 2022 18:27 UTC