Bibliometric Specialist

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Job Title Bibliometric Specialist
Job Reference DIA1006/TH
Post Type 6 Month Fixed Term. Part Time 16hours per week
Division Physical Science
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 15/02/2015

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

We are looking for an individual who will be able to join the Science Division and provide high quality bibliometric analyses to assist Diamond in developing metrics based on the growing portfolio of peer reviewed articles produced by the facility to be used for a wide range of internal and external reporting.

The post holder will work closely with the science and technical teams at Diamond involved in regular publishing of peer review articles.  A strong focus of the role will be on liaison and successful relationship-building with staff and users from a wide range of disciplines.

Research impact and bibliometrics

  • With leadership from the Science Directors and CEO, establish benchmarks and report on Diamond’s research outputs with relevant facilities and institutions nationally and internationally;
  • Produce bibliometric reports for specific Beamline reviews in a timely manner, ensuring that they are well presented, clear and concise;
  • Promote and advise on effective strategies for maximising research impact of Diamond. (Note that “research impact” covers much more than just the impact of peer-review publications; bibliometric work relates to one specific aspect of research impact);
  • Promote an understanding of bibliometrics across the company and their role in increasing impact;
  • Ensure that Diamond fully exploits the use of bibliometrics in the external and internal evaluation of the quality of staff and user research;
  • Analyse and evaluate reports, and produce data relating to research performance;
  • Use the most appropriate measurement tools to carry out these assessments and identify strategies for improving for example citation rates;

Relationship management
The post holder will work closely with the science (in particular the CEO, Science Directors, Executive Assistant and Principal Beamline Scientists) and technical teams involved in regular publishing of peer review articles.  A strong focus of the role will be on liaison and successful relationship-building with staff and users from a wide range of disciplines.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • A degree and accredited qualification in Librarianship and Information Studies;
  • Understanding of the academic research process, higher education and key developments in research policy;
  • Experience of providing high quality bibliometric analyses and developing metrics in a science organisation;
  • Excellent liaison, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to use tact, diplomacy and subtle strategies to influence others;
  • Focused with a strong attention to details;
  • Can plan effectively, sets priorities for own area of activity in line with Science Division objectives, and can produce deliverables and meet deadlines of reporting;
  • Works cooperatively and effectively in a team environment;
  • Flexible approach with an openness and receptivity to new ideas and approaches;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Strong sense of initiative;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Statistical skills relating to bibliometrics;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Excellent relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to proactively promote the strengths and weaknesses of various bibliometrics approaches;
  • Demonstrable presentation skills, with the ability to communicate complex information to non-experts;
  • Person flexible and able to quickly adapt to new environments;
  • Person able to work as a team and build good relationships with staff at all levels;
  • Flexible to work outside standard office hours;
  • Interest in science.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Postgraduate degree by research;
  • Experience of working in an academic or national research institute;
  • Experience working as a professional librarian.

Further Information

Applying for employment

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