Bioinformatics Librarian

You need to sign in or
create an account to save a job.
Bioinformatics Librarian

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Bioinformatics Librarian

Job Profile Title
Librarian C

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Director of Data & Innovation Services at the Biotech Commons, this position is based at the Biotech Commons and is a member of the STEM Libraries Team, contributing to the division's services and endeavors. The STEM Libraries include the Biotech Commons, Dental, Veterinary, Chemistry, and Math/Physics/Astronomy Libraries, as well as Engineering Library Services.

The Bioinformatics Librarian will develop and maintain bioinformatics support services for basic and clinical research faculty, staff, and students at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM). Working with colleagues from across the Penn Libraries system, this position will also support those engaged in bioinformatics research at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Schools of Dental and Veterinary Medicine, the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), and the School of Nursing.

Job Description

Responsibilities :
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, the Bioinformatics Core, and the Master of Biomedical Informatics program.
  • Provide reference, training, and consultation services on both free and commercial bioinformatics databases and tools including (but not limited to) Cytoscape, BioCyc, and NCBI.
  • Works closely with the Biotech Commons Collections Librarian to select, evaluate and promote bioinformatics and data resources in all formats (print, databases, datasets, images, etc.).
  • Provide outreach to interdisciplinary centers such as the forthcoming Gutmann Data Science Center.
  • Provide outreach to faculty and researchers at Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)/computer science, Penn Dental and Veterinary Schools, the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), and the School of Nursing who are engaged in bioinformatics research.
  • Create and maintain Bioinformatics LibGuides and documentation.
  • Keep apprised of the larger/broader informatics ecosystem at Penn and liaise with informatics colleagues across the university.
  • Collaborate with Penn Libraries Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship staff on related research data services.
  • Work with the team of Biotech Commons librarians as part of the reference services rotation and other collaborations as appropriate.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned.

  • Master's degree or above in a field focused on bioinformatics, information science or data sciences - OR -- MLIS equivalent with experience in bioinformatics.
  • Proficiency in one or more computer languages (e.g., R, SQL, Python, C++, Unix) and tools used in data and statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with databases and tools used in bioinformatics research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a biomedical-related discipline and an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in that field.
  • Experience in teaching, training, and/or instruction
  • Excellent analytical, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

  • Experience working in an academic research library
  • Experience with analysis of omics data using a programming language.
  • Experience in creating, and executing new programs or services.
  • Experience or interest in developing expertise in data visualization.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$70,000 - $75,000, commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit:

To apply, visit

Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency jeid-cec3743e24080a4298263b772d32a635