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Research Curation Librarian (Open Rank) - New York University

Location: USA - NY - New York

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 - $125,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

New York University Libraries is seeking two librarians to support a growing program focused on data and software curation, data and code management, and research assets stewardship. These tenure-track appointments support the needs of computational research and teaching across the disciplines at NYU. They work as integral members of our Data Services department, which seeks to grow and sustain a rapidly evolving set of services that span the full research lifecycle, including data finding and access; statistical, geospatial, qualitative, and text data analysis, training, and consultation; and data and software management, preservation, and publication.

The Research Curation Librarians support the Division of Libraries and university researchers in making their software and data available via our institutional repositories in accordance with FAIR principles, including curating and describing materials with an equitable and anti-racist practice, advancing inclusive governance standards (e.g. CARE), and supporting open and accessible workflows and tools. They will work with patrons, library colleagues, IT partners, and content providers to ensure that resources are curated, organized, preserved, and discoverable. The Research Curation Librarians will work as part of a team of research data management librarians, research software engineers, and digital preservationists to coordinate institutional repository and storage systems, curate data and code, and set relevant policies.

On a day-to-day basis, these positions will join with others on the team in providing:

  • Collaborative service around our joint IT and Division of Libraries infrastructure for institutional repositories, with a focus on stewarding data and software provided by researchers for deposit in fulfillment of FAIR principles.
  • Curation work that includes data transformation, software code review, and documentation that supports user deposits.
  • Policy planning and development for our institutional research infrastructure.
  • Responses to patron requests for help in deposit and self-curation.
  • One-on-one, group, and classroom consultation, and instruction on good practices and standards for managing, organizing, and transforming research materials for publication in NYU or other repository infrastructure, including those required to align with funder requirements.
  • Links between patron-facing services and our development leads in designing systems that help users manage and publish their research materials.
  • Contribute to the daily service operations of Data Services, including instruction, consultation, and liaison duties to selected programs based on need and research-specialty background.

This position reports to the Head of Data Services in the Research & Research Services subdivision and operates in close coordination with other partners in Scholarly Communications & Information Policy, Digital Scholarship Services, and the Digital Library Technology Services group.

Research portfolio

Faculty Librarians also explore their own active research agendas, and contribute their expertise, experiences, and investigations to build new knowledge in their chosen areas.

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. For full details about the Libraries cluster hiring initiative, see this link.

These positions will be part of two of our clusters, Politics of Space: Data, the City, and Structures of Inequality and Health and Scientific Literacy, Openness, and Equity. NYU Libraries’ Politics of Space cluster looks outward and imagines expanded capacity for urban economics, policy, and education disciplines, moored by holistic support for data analysis and visualization across the disciplines at NYU, while our Health and Scientific Literacy cluster seeks to engage in research discourse focused on profound disparities around health and scientific literacy, access to information, and the politics of information. Both these cluster hires anticipate a burgeoning need for information and research technology expertise for those in urban studies and health disciplines at NYU, areas of emphasis for the University, and strong users of our services for researchers.



  • Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher) for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required for tenure review. One of the two graduate degrees for tenure must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • Experience in curation-focused work, including but not limited to data and/or software archiving and preservation, metadata and data transformation, reproducibility and reuse, or data description.
  • Willingness to identify, learn, and apply new technologies for curation work.
  • Experience with reviewing data and code files to determine curation needs.
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues and consult with patrons in a collaborative environment.
  • Commitment to principles of inclusive, equitable, and open curation practices and frameworks.


  • Knowledge of how to transform and manipulate data using computer tools such as a scripting language, ability to work with data delivery systems.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards related to the description, access, and preservation of data and software.
  • Basic familiarity with one or more software packages for statistical, geospatial, qualitative, and/or text analysis that would typically be used by members of the research community (examples include, but are not limited to, tools such as SPSS, Stata, Python, R, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, MaxQDA).
  • Teaching, consulting, and/or patron outreach experience.
  • Experience working across organizational boundaries and managing complex relationships to move projects forward.

About New York University Libraries

At the Division of Libraries, we are proud of our organizational culture and we 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 about our values, see

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating with and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participate in a variety of consortia and collaborate closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan.


This position is open rank with faculty status, and includes an attractive benefits package, including five weeks of annual vacation.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as a Full Curator in the academic year 2022-2023 is $100,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as an Associate Curator in the academic year 2022-2023 is $90,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as an Assistant Curator in the academic year 2022-2023 is $84,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as a Library Associate in the academic year 2022-2023 is $80,000.

Application instructions:

To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references. In your letter, please indicate which of the Clusters above most closely aligns with your interests. NYU Division of Libraries requires all candidates for this position to supply a statement demonstrating their commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility as part of their application. Access the Diversity Statement prompt here:

All applications for consideration must be submitted to

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, review of applications will begin on January 19, 2023.

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