Job: Reproducibility Librarian

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Reproducibility Librarian

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Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Job Category:
Reference & Public Services

Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


POSITION:               Reproducibility Librarian                                                             

RANK:                      Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

REPORTS TO:          Health Science Center Libraries Team Lead, Biomedical & Health Information Services                                                                   

SALARY:                  Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

                                 Minimum Salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $54,035

                                 Minimum Salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $62,500

Requisition #:     43480

DEADLINE DATE:  March 13, 2019 - review of applications will begin on February 20, 2019



The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a Reproducibility Librarian to develop a transdisciplinary research reproducibility and open science education and support strategy for the institution. This position will be located in the Health Science Center Library (HSCL) in Gainesville. The Reproducibility Librarian is a year-round tenure-track library faculty position with a leading role in designing and enacting a multifaceted program aimed to enhance campus-wide efforts to promote and improve research reproducibility from design to publication.  The Reproducibility Librarian participates as an active member of library and campus-wide teams to develop information, data science, and research programming and support. The incumbent will provide interdisciplinary information consultation services in a variety of modes, design workshops to promote research reproducibility, perform course-integrated instruction, and participate in the Health Science Center Library’s teaching program. The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, such as new service development and evaluation, and development of web-based resources. The librarian works collaboratively in group efforts and maintains professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues.

The Smathers Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Reproducibility Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries are actively seeking candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives. The Smathers Libraries recently created a new strategic direction focused on ensuring that the Libraries are a safe, supportive and welcoming learning environment for all users and on focusing engagement efforts to diverse populations within the University and local community. The Reproducibility Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.



  1. Develops a nationally recognized program in library-based research reproducibility education and support services at the George A. Smathers Libraries in collaboration with colleagues across the libraries and campus

  2. Provides expertise and consultation services in the areas of research reproducibility and open science to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Florida

  3. Designs and provides instructional programs on techniques to enhance research reproducibility and conduct open science, including the documentation and preservation of experiments and computational analysis

  4. Participates as an active member of library-based teams such as Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) (, which includes librarians specializing in data management, bioinformatics, and informatics

  5. Participates as an active member on campus-wide groups such as Data Management/Curation Working Group and Informatics and Analytics Task Force

  6. Provides library liaison services to faculty, post-docs, students, and staff in assigned Health Science Center departments and programs. Liaison services include instruction, training, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as identified

  7. Contributes to university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their data, code, and experimental protocols

  8. Partners with colleagues to promote a research data environment that embraces the FAIR Guiding Principles

  9. Collaborates with library departments and colleagues to develop library infrastructures and services that enhance access to research data and code, workflows, documentation, and analytic tools

  10. Cultivates relationships with other faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships

  11. Maintains an awareness of current tools and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research and reproducible research workflow development

  12. Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria




  1. Master’s degree in data science, Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) program, or other relevant advanced degree

  2. For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight years of relevant experience

  3. Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment

  4. Ability, as part of a dynamic and collaborative team, to pioneer the development and implementation of a vision for a comprehensive research reproducibility and open science program to support the university’s interdisciplinary research initiatives

  5. Ability to think creatively and analytically in developing, assessing, and promoting the use of library services, technologies, and collections through a variety of outreach efforts

  6. Knowledge of funding agency requirements for data sharing and data management plans, particularly in the health sciences

  7. Ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects and develop policies

  8. Commitment to including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work

  9. Excellent oral and written communication skills

  10. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers, faculty, students, administrators, and the general public

  11. Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at



  1. Knowledge of critical issues regarding reproducible research best practices, research data lifecycle, and scholarly communication issues across disciplines and research types

  2. Master’s or Ph.D. in computer or information science, biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science, or similar data-intensive discipline

  3. Knowledge of or proficiency in open science tools or tools that can be used to enhance research reproducibility, such as electronic lab notebooks, open science platforms, Jupyter Notebook, reporting guidelines, and data repositories

  4. Knowledge and experience in adult learning through teaching, training, and/or instruction

  5. Knowledge of or proficiency in computer languages and tools used in data analysis (e.g., R, Python, C++, Unix)

  6. Background in biomedical sciences, biology, biostatistics, or statistics

  7. Familiarity with clinical trials and other human-subjects research standards and regulations

  8. Familiarity with reproducibility issues in wet labs, e.g., cell line authentication standards, analysis of images including those obtained from microscopy or Western blots, or laboratory quality assurance practices

  9. Knowledge of data anonymization and de-identification techniques and standards



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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries

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Job Location

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Job Place:
The Health Science Center Library in Gainesville

Job Location:
Central Florida

1545 W University Avenue




Institution Information
Institution Name :
The University of Florida

1545 W University Avenue




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Bonnie Smith

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How to apply

Application Process

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement on the following topic: “What are your top two tips for ensuring reproducibility in research. Also include your rationale for your selection.” (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by March 13, 2019 (applications will be reviewed beginning February 20, 2019). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 43480. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at


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