Term Research Data Librarian

Website Simon Fraser University


Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a .6 FTE, 1-year term (leave replacement) position of Research Data Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy, the incumbent will join a small team of librarians working in this area and play an important part in the Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) services.

We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for the past 20 years, Simon Fraser University has also been consistently named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers in recent years, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers, and one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 75 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs. The main W.A.C. Bennett Library is located on the Burnaby campus, while the Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library is on the Vancouver campus, and Fraser Library is at SFU Surrey.

The SFU Library is known for the development and implementation of innovative technology, leadership in Open Access, and excellent in-person and online user services. We serve an ethnically diverse student population, most of whom live off-campus and work part-time while attending university. SFU Library collaborates broadly with other institutions through membership in the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and regional consortia. For more information, see our web site at https://www.lib.sfu.ca.

The SFU Library commits to a continuous process of transformation to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to serve the cause of social justice. The Library’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides more information.


  • Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy, and in collaboration with members of the Data Services team, provide research data services to researchers and others through consultations and workshops;
  • Assist in the development of institutional policies and procedures related to research data management;
  • Work with researchers and others to devise and implement strategies for long-term data curation;
  • Provide feedback to researchers and support staff on their data management plans;
  • Work with colleagues in the Library and across related campus research units to support SFU researchers with data management, and publisher and grant funder requirements;
  • Encourage and facilitate informed data deposit in appropriate research data repositories or disciplinary platforms, including SFU’s research repository Summit;
  • Collaborate with librarians to support and inform their regular communication with departments, keeping them current with important RDM developments;
  • Maintain a collection of Library web guides that serve as a brief introduction to research data management;
  • Work with Library staff on project teams and committees;
  • Maintain currency with developments and best practices in the profession and in the field of research data management, and participate in relevant professional associations, conferences, workshops and other events;
  • Incorporate SFU Library’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and decolonial practices into all Research Data Management services planning and activities;
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Other duties as assigned.


While the search committee recognizes that no one candidate is likely to meet all the qualifications in equal measure, the following will be used in the assessment of candidates for the position.

  • A Master’s degree in Library or Information Studies from an ALA accredited program, or its equivalent is required.
  • Strong competence in respecting and working effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written). These skills include but are not limited to strong listening skills, a collaborative approach, and the curiosity and willingness to ask questions;
  • Experience working in RDM, data services, digitization, digital curation or digital preservation;
  • Experience with developing or working with data management plans;
  • Experience with research and publishing workflows and lifecycles;
  • Experience with platforms used to manage research data, e.g. Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR), Dataverse, Islandora;
  • Experience organizing and delivering workshops;
  • Second advanced degree in a data-intensive discipline would be an asset.


This is a part time term Librarian position, with an anticipated start date in September 2024.

Librarians and Division Heads are members of the SFU Faculty Association. Terms, conditions and benefits of employment are outlined in the Collective Agreement: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/collectiveagreement.html

The successful applicant will be appointed at a rank and salary level commensurate with their experience and qualifications.Faculty salaries at SFU are based on the salary scales bargained between the University and the SFU Faculty Association.A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is Librarian/Archivist 1 $85,619 to Librarian/Archivist 3 $136,503.  Current salary scales are available from: https://www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/salary.html

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, racialized persons, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+.

Personal information that forms part of an application is collected under the general authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, applicable University Policies, and the SFUFA/SFU Collective Agreement. For further details see the full Collection Notice.

Information about what to expect when you apply for a librarian position at SFU is available here: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/overview/employment/what-expect-librarian-position


To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted by email in one consolidated PDF document with cover letter and curriculum vitae by 10:00 AM PDT on August 7, 2024 to:

Susie Smith
Library Management Office
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Phone: 778-782-4658
Fax: 778-782-3023
Email: library@sfu.ca

Compensation: $85,619 to $136,503 CAD per year

Closes: 7 August, 2024

Simon Fraser University-Library
Burnaby , BC

To apply for this job email your details to library@sfu.ca.