Bioinfomationist Position at the University of Florida

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a creative and service-oriented Bioinformationist to enhance the Health Science Center Library’s (HSCL) existing bioinformatics support program, and to provide liaison services (consultations, instruction, outreach, and collection management) for selected basic sciences departments and graduate programs in the UF Academic Health Center (AHC). In this tenure-track faculty position, the Bioinformationist will expand and lead the HSCL’s bioinformatics support efforts through the development and teaching of courses and workshops, and individual and group consultations. As a member of the Biomedical and Health Information Services (BHIS) team, the Bioinformationist provides information services in a variety of modes (in person, email, house calls), performs course-integrated instruction, and participates in the department’s teaching program. The position is responsible for special projects as assigned, such as development of web-based resources, new service development and current service evaluation. The library encourages staff participation in decision-making and consequently, the Bioinformationist serves on various committees and teams. The Bioinformationist works collaboratively with members of BHIS, the Informatics Librarian, the Data Management Librarian, and clients, and will be responsive to campus bioinformatics support needs that arise. The Bioinformationist performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment, and in accordance with the library’s tenure and promotion criteria.


1.  Develop the HSCL’s bioinformatics support program based on an understanding of client need and with the commitment to develop this program into a national leader in library-based bioinformatics support services.

2.  Develop and provide bioinformatics resource instruction and training, consultation, and other bioinformatics-related services to primary clientele in the AHC and is responsive to campus bioinformatics support needs that arise.

3.  Provide liaison services to the faculty, post-docs, students, and staff in assigned basic biomedical sciences departments and academic programs in the AHC. Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as identified.

4.  Participate in instruction programs using traditional and novel classroom methods and educational technologies, particularly in areas related to bioinformatics and basic biomedical sciences.

5.  Provide expertise on a range of bioinformatics databases and tools such as those offered by NCBI.

6.  Apply for grants in support of bioinformatics initiatives and provides support to grant writers in assigned academic units and programs.

7. Create web-based guides highlighting relevant resources and services.

8.  Participate in collection management program. Select and evaluate subject based materials related to liaison assignment and work with faculty in selecting materials (print and electronic) to support their academic and research programs.

9.  Participate in planning, policy formation and departmental decision making related to services, resources, and new technologies.

10.  Perform scholarly research and provide service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.

· MS or PhD in biomedical sciences or relevant discipline (for example – bioinformatics, biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, computer science) or equivalent degree.
· Experience using bioinformatics resources, such as those available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), commercial vendors, or open-source tools.
· Knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies.
· Strong commitment to client-focused service.
· Strong presentation skills.
· Strong analytical and organizational skills.
· A strong commitment to collaboration with library clients and colleagues.
· Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills necessary to successfully interact with research community.
· Self-motivation, with the ability to set and attain goals effectively, and the flexibility to adapt to change.
· Ability to work effectively as part of a team within a culturally diverse client community – faculty, researchers, clinicians, students (professional, graduate, and undergraduate), administrators, and staff.

· Experience and strong interest in grant writing.
· Experience working in a library.
· Experience performing laboratory research.
· Teaching experience (one-on-one and/or group settings).
· Experience serving a health or biological science client population.
· Experience using research-related literature databases such as PubMed.
· Familiarity with web-based instructional tools.
· Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

The search will remain open until November 12, 2015, and review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015.  Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.