Open Science Liaison

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Created: March 15, 2023


The Research Publications and Data Management Division at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a highly motivated part-time (up to 0.5 FTE) Open Science Liaison to support the Lab’s public access requirements compliant with Department of Energy (DOE) Orders and policies. The division provides researchers, engineers, and managers with information and resources to navigate the complex landscape of academic publishing, research data management, as well as U.S. and international policies on open access.

Reporting to the Research Publications and Data Management Division Manager, the Open Science Liaison will engage with researchers and engineers on (1) copyright agreements, copyright license selection, and requirements/needs per Lab’s public access policies; (2) classify Scientific and Technical Information (STI) products (e.g. publications, research datasets, technical reports, presentations, posters) under export control rules; and (3) analyze the Laboratory’s STI compliance and generate visual reports to help inform policies and processes.

In addition, the Open Science Liaison will (1) review public access reports provided by the DOE, (2) help maintain online web resource content in response to the Lab’s public access requirement policies, and (3) track academic journal impact factors for the Lab’s publications.

To apply, please provide your résumé and a brief cover letter with your application.

Are you interested in joining the world’s brightest talent in solving some of the world’s grandest scientific challenges of the 21st century? Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is doing just that! Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!

Core Duties: 

  • Review and guide researchers and engineers on copyright agreements and copyright license selection.
  • Review all STI products for copyright clearance and export control classification.
  • Collect and submit metadata and appropriate documents for federal reporting.
  • Analyze data and generate reports for STI requirement compliance.
  • Correspond with the research community.
  • Maintain the internally-facing Research Publications and Data Management website.
  • Review public access reports and aid in generating reports.
  • Track impact factor indicators for journals/publishers and journal articles.
  • Respond to data calls and requests.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Background/experience in academic publishing/library or U.S. federal public access mandates is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

We are looking for an individual who has relevant and recent experience in the following areas:

  • Experience or knowledge with copyright agreements and license selection for academic publishing.
  • Experience with communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Experience with developing reports.
  • Experience with handling and using publication metadata, including third party sources (e.g., Scopus, Web of Science).
  • Experience with Google Suite (Sheets, Forms, Mail), Microsoft Excel.


  • Experience or knowledge with evaluating STI products for reuse compliance with federal mandates and directives.
  • Knowledge of open access policies and best practices.
  • Experience with bibliometrics, general data visualization, and reporting.
  • Experience or knowledge with editing and updating general content within Google Sites.
  • Knowledge or experience with STI classification (e.g., security/controlled unclassified information, export control).

Physical Requirements: 

  • Normal use of computers. 

Working Conditions: 

  • Remote only.
  • Desk and computer work are required.
  • Work will be done remotely.
  • Minimum of 10 hours weekly with additional hours dependent on work needs. No more than 20 hours weekly will be requested.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 23:19 UTC