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Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian - Library

Position overview

Position title: Associate Librarian, Career Status or Potential Career Status
Salary range: $66,878-$87,297 -- The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the salary scale(s) for this position []. ‘Off-scale salaries’ and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Position duration: This is a career position, indefinite end date

Application Window

Open date: February 7, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks a creative, collaborative, outreach-oriented, and user-centered librarian to support world-class research and teaching in the chemical and physical sciences through active engagement with instruction, information literacy, research assistance, collection development, scholarly communications, and outreach to students, faculty, and the broader academic community. This position serves as subject librarian for the chemical sciences and one or more disciplines in the physical sciences.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned teaching and research facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 13 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library’s Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) Division consists of five libraries including the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library. Collectively the libraries and their staff - 6 librarians, 8 staff, and over 35 student employees - support the research, teaching, and study needs of students and faculty in the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, the College of Letters & Science’s Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division, the Geography Department, and an array of Organized Research Units. The EPS Division actively strives to create a welcoming, collaborative, inclusive, and accessible culture.


The Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian supports students and researchers who are solving complex problems through science, technology, and engineering. As a subject librarian, the successful candidate develops an understanding of research and teaching in their assigned departments, follows trends in those disciplines, and builds relationships with faculty and students through active engagement and outreach. Effective outreach includes conducting assessments of user needs, providing virtual and in-person research consultations, developing students’ data and information literacies, offering course-related library instruction and workshops, creating instructional materials in a variety of formats, and promoting library resources and services.

The librarian serves as the selector and liaison for the College of Chemistry (including Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) as well as the Department of Physics and potentially one or more additional departments in the physical sciences. To build research-level collections, the librarian contributes to collaborative collection development and management – collecting and curating information in a variety of formats including books, journals, and databases to support teaching and research in the chemical and physical sciences. This requires collaboration with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on interdisciplinary and/or system-wide collection decisions and scholarly communication issues.

Reporting to the Head of the Library’s EPS Division, the Chemical & Physical Sciences Librarian works closely with other subject librarians in the sciences to advance our shared goals and priorities. The successful candidate will also work with library-wide functional specialists including those responsible for assessment, research data management, data services, and scholarly communications. They will also play a key role in outreach across the EPS Division.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, the University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

This position is in the bargaining unit. Librarians are eligible for professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Advanced degree.

Preferred qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree
  • College-level coursework or relevant work experience in the chemical and physical sciences
  • Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and relationship building
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting underrepresented voices in STEM and fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Familiarity with current and emerging trends in STEM research, publishing, or education
  • Demonstrated written communication skills
  • Demonstrated presentation skills
  • Experience with or coursework in collection development

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA