Biological Sciences Librarian

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The Rutgers University Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented librarian to fill our Biological Sciences Librarian position. This liaison will work with the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers in the School of Arts and Sciences biological and life science programs, with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences departments focusing on biological sciences, as well as with biological sciences-related institutes, centers, and communities interspersed throughout other university schools and departments. The biological sciences librarian will work with this expansive community to create synergies that span interdisciplinary fields and support intellectual pursuits, while playing a unique collaborative role, and building opportunities essential for research and learning.  

The Biological Sciences Librarian will:

  • Engage and collaborate actively as a liaison to the Rutgers University–New Brunswick biological sciences community by building relationships, developing user-centric resources and services, and participating in engagement and outreach activities;
  • Provide expert consultations to departmental faculty and students and manage local collections supporting subject needs;
  • Develop and deliver course-integrated and resources-specific information literacy instruction in biology-based subject areas, build and maintain subject guides and learning objects to support curricular goals, and assess impact on student learning;
  • Provide education and outreach on scholarly communication issues including open access, research impact, digital scholarship, science data management, and copyright;
  • Collaborate with the biological sciences librarians in the Newark, Camden, and Rutgers Biological and Health Sciences libraries and with other subject librarians to build robust services and shared online and print collections supporting biology research and education;
  • Participate in the Libraries shared services including a full range of reference and instructional services for the general population, and contribute to the overall goals of the Libraries.   


This tenure-track position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services/Director, New Brunswick Libraries, is based in the Library of Science and Medicine, and is a member of the New Brunswick Libraries Faculty, a team of librarians committed to providing first-rate public services to a diverse academic community. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development through scholarly research including publications, presentations, and participation and leadership in the work of relevant professional associations.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Required: An ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent; a bachelor’s or advanced degree or work experience in biological or life sciences; an understanding of emerging trends in science librarianship; demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work collegially in a team-oriented environment; eligibility to work in the United States. Preferred: Three years professional experience in a research-intensive academic environment, including collection development, reference, and instruction; experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


SALARY:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


STATUS/BENEFITS:  Faculty status, twelve-month appointment, retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually.


LIBRARY PROFILE: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance—the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions. Rutgers University is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of National Science Foundation funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM disciplines.


As the flagship of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University–New Brunswick supports over 41,000 graduate and undergraduate students in approximately 100 undergraduate programs, more than 80 graduate/professional programs, and 60 doctoral programs. Ranked by US News & World Report as among the top 25 public universities, Rutgers–New Brunswick is classified as an R1 Doctoral University (Highest research activity) by the Carnegie Classification. Spanning New Brunswick, Piscataway, and adjacent towns in central New Jersey, Rutgers–New Brunswick is accessible by public transit. 


Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $34 million and have outstanding collections, especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, VALEnj, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI); use Sirsi Dynix and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.


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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.


 The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.


New Brunswick, NJ

Job Requirements

Education Required

An ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent; a bachelor’s or advanced degree or work experience in biological or life sciences; an understanding of emerging trends in science librarianship; demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work collegially in a team-oriented environment; eligibility to work in the United States.

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Rutgers University Libraries
United States

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