Saturday, April 17, 2010



The Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) invites applications for the position of Bioinformationist. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative librarian with a strong background in the biomedical sciences, who thrives on change and works well with ambiguity. Reporting to the Research and Informatics Coordinator, the successful candidate will support the expanding and evolving research and informatics needs of biomedical researchers at the University of Michigan by providing and supporting new and existing services and partnerships, including but not limited to training, tools procurement, lab integrated office hours, and data licensing support. The bioinformationist will work closely not only with other health sciences librarians but also subject specialists in the Science and Art, Architecture and Engineering Libraries.

The Taubman Health Sciences Library ( serves over 21,000 users in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry in addition to the University of Michigan Health Center. As part of the University Library system, the Taubman Health Sciences Library offers access to a rapidly expanding collection of over 20,000 electronic journals and databases and is a part of a vigorous and ambitious digital library program, in addition to the renowned print collections. The University's recently launched Michigan Digitization Program ( and Life Sciences Initiative ( provide unparalleled opportunities for partnership in campus-wide efforts to expand learning in a variety of rapidly growing fields.

The University has consistently demonstrated its commitment to informatics research as demonstrated by its leadership roles through programs such as the Clinical and Translational Science Award, the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, caBIG (cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid), and the University Library’s Bioinformatics Interest Group. The rapidly changing nature of data generation, hypothesis development, data analysis and translational research coupled with the increasing use of computational solutions to solve health sciences research questions has created new opportunities for the Taubman Health Sciences Library to partner with researchers in the biomedical sciences. The Taubman Health Sciences Library is recognized as a vital partner in the University's instructional, patient care, and research initiatives, and we continue to expand and strengthen our support of research and informatics initiatives.

•Partner with other life sciences librarians in supporting informatics and research services
•Work collaboratively with partner informatics programs such as the Clinical and Translational Science Award Informatics Core and the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics
•Evaluate and procure tools and resources that contribute to informatics research
•Assist with data usage and accessibility issues by leveraging library expertise in copyright, scholarly publishing, patent/trademark issues, and data curation.
•Support individual research laboratory groups and academic centers such as the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Taubman Medical Research Institute, and the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.
•Provide education and training in informatics and related research tools


•Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience
•Degree or significant experience in a biomedical field
•Theoretical and practical understanding of biomedical research
•Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, and instruction skills
•Innovative skills in the use of technology to deliver and manage information
•Demonstrated success working with a diverse user population
•Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
•Experience or coursework with non-bibliographic biomedical databases and related information systems
• Grant writing experience
•AHIP accreditation

Rank, Salary, and Leave: Final rank and salary dependent on experience and qualifications; position is anticipated to be filled at Assistant, Associate, or Senior Associate Librarian level. Professional positions receive 24 days of vacation a year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits as well as opportunities for professional development and travel.

Retirement: TIAA/CREF or Fidelity Investments

To Apply
Send cover letter & resume as email attachments to directed to Robert Campe; Library Human Resources; 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190. For further information, call .

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.

University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

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