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Research Impact Analyst

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Dean of Libraries
Department: Library
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Hybrid
Categories: Library, Other, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Reporting to the Research Impact Coordinator, the Research Impact Analyst will work in a team-based environment to provide consultations and deliver services related to documenting, collecting, and analyzing research and scholarly activity data to demonstrate impact, provide evidence of research competencies, and uncover potential for key national and global collaborators.

This will also include education and outreach on key researcher profile systems, such as Virginia Tech Experts and ORCID, and research information management (RIM) systems, such as Symplectic Elements; and strategies for communicating about research, scholarly, and creative work and impact. The incumbent will work with the team to provide specialized support for bibliometrics, network visualization options, and emerging applications of impact data.

The incumbent will also be liaison librarian to one program, department, or institute that is related to the incumbent’s background and/or expertise.

The incumbent will partner with colleagues across the Libraries and University (such as Faculty Affairs, academic colleges, Office of Research and Innovation, and others), and support the Virginia Tech community across all locations, including distance and online locations.

The University Libraries provide funding for and support employees in dedicating time to ongoing professional development, research, scholarship, and engagement with professional and public communities.

Required Qualifications

-M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. degree from an ALA-accredited graduate program or equivalent graduate library science or information science program degree; or an advanced degree in another position-related field; or equivalent combined education and experience in institutional effectiveness or unit engaged in research assessment or research information management systems
-Experience working as a professional in a large research-intensive university, national lab, or similar research-intensive institution
-Education, training, or experience with one or more of the following: researcher profiles and identifiers, scholarly activity data systems and documentation methods, and/or related platforms, software, tools, or databases
-Experience designing, planning, implementing, and maintaining complex projects or services
-Education, training, or experience with research impact metrics
-Evidence of knowledge, background, or experience in current and emerging trends or theories in academic research and scholarship, including equity in research, open research practices, and scholarly communication
-Experience engaging in inclusive practices within work responsibilities to promote a workplace that is welcoming to a diverse workforce and community

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience with research impact metrics documentation, analysis methods, bibliographic databases, and research analytic software and/or tools such as Scival, InCites, or Academic Analytics
-Experience providing services related to research impact metrics, bibliometrics, altmetrics, -and/or research assessment via consultations, instruction, training, or other means
-Experience in data management and/or data science
-Experience in library services and support for interdisciplinary research approaches, teams, and programs
-Experience providing instruction or training of others, such as: in the use of research profile systems, research and/or project management software or technology, including for collaborative working practices, or related
-Working knowledge of Python or R
-Familiarity with responsible, equitable, and fair research assessment approaches, philosophies, initiatives, and/or practices

Note: Having one or more of the preferred qualifications listed is not required. We will support the successful candidate in growing their skills and experience as needed. We encourage candidates to apply who will join us in a commitment to a collaborative environment where we continually learn together, and where we work together to promote a library and work environment committed to the Virginia Tech Principles of Community at

Appointment Type

A/P Faculty Lecturer regular full-time appointment

Salary Information

$65,000 minimum dependent on education and qualifications

Review Date

March 6, 2023

Additional Information

-The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
- The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate's experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. We are committed to mentoring and establishing safe spaces, both physical and virtual, where employees from current and historically minoritized groups can thrive.

The members of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech strive individually and collectively to create, sustain, and share inclusive ways of knowing in conscientious community with each other and all the people we serve in every space we shape. In keeping with our Aspirational Identity and the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, the University Libraries commits to build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cathy Pillow at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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