Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, Indiana

Cheminformatics Postdoctoral Data Curation Fellowship

Indiana University Libraries, with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with partners in University Information Technology Services, the Pervasive Technology Institute, and the Department of Chemistry, seek a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with us in the development of data curation services specifically geared towards the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for the chemical sciences with a strong proven ability for communicating science information needs across domains, particularly between practicing librarians, their administrators, practicing chemists, and cyberinfrastructure experts. The fellow will embed themselves in dynamic chemistry laboratory communities to learn their science and assess their data management needs in order to communicate those needs to the Libraries and collaboratively develop data curation and data publishing solutions relevant to the mission of the research library to preserve research data for access and use/re-use for the long term. According to the chemistry knowledge of the Fellow, they will be appropriately placed in two to three labs at the outset. The incumbent will be expected to understand our research landscape(s) to be proficient in finding, utilizing, and analyzing data, thereby lightly participating in the labs’ research projects. Co-authorship on scientific publications is expected to ensue.

This Cheminformatics Postdoctoral Data Curation Fellowship will assist in building awareness of and educating our research communities in current best practices in data preservation and management planning, including documentation and metadata standards. The Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation will make a significant contribution toward the development of data management services through a range of activities including:

  • participate in an environmental scan of chemical research data service needs across the Bloomington campus;
  • work with relevant staff across units in the development of a data management service using the Fedora/Samvera repository system;
  • investigate the intellectual property issues particular to the chemical sciences in concert with the IU IP policy in order to prepare research data for curation and preservation;
  • share research experience and expertise with the Libraries’ departmental liaisons and scholarly communications department; and
  • work collaboratively with IU Libraries staff to develop data management outreach and training strategies and within the first year lead a purposeful educational program that may be applied to both chemistry and other physical sciences departments for faculty and administrators.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation will report to the IU Libraries Head of Sciences with liaison roles for research data management to the Scholarly Communications Department and Library Technologies. The Fellow will work with faculty and staff in allied units across the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, including the School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering, the Pervasive Technology Institute — in particular the Science Gateways Research Center and UITS-Research Technologies, and the Chemistry-aligned Departments, Divisions and Centers. All partners in this fellowship program will offer experiences to build professional development in data curation. Funding will also be provided for specific training or conference attendance.


  • Ph.D. in chemistry, molecular or cellular biochemistry or chemical informatics, or other related scientific or information science discipline
  • Proven ability to translate complex disciplinary concepts and methods into language legible to those outside the domain
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting data
  • Experience at managing data flow from origin to database
  • Experience with Cheminformatics Toolkits, such as RDKit and Pipeline Pilot; SQL and Python within a Linux environment; R; and maintaining databases of chemical data
  • Experience with chemistry data standards, data mining, data storage solutions, retrieval, analysis, and visualization
  • Use of distributed supercomputing and cyberinfrastructure systems
  • Self-motivated with the ability to set and attain goals effectively and the flexibility to adapt to change
  • Experience collaborating outside of the discipline to educate and deliver services to non-scientists
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly science communication and outreach skills to experts, citizens, and the general campus community


  • Experience contributing to educational efforts (blog posts, citizen science projects) targeting communities without science backgrounds
  • A good understanding of data management practices in chemistry and biochemistry
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, including RDF and XML
  • Work with large datasets
  • Experience with Fedora/Samvera repository technologies

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, 24-month, academic professional position with a salary of $60,000 plus excellent benefits.

Environment: Indiana University is a comprehensive research university located in Bloomington, Indiana. Founded in 1820, Indiana University has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 43,000 students and almost 3,000 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research, cyberinfrastructure, and the sciences. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for both its park‐like beauty and an architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone. The Indiana University Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, with a collection of approximately 7.8 million volumes in our collections. A national leader in digital libraries and data curation and a founding member of the HathiTrust Digital Library, the HathiTrust Research Center, and the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) the IU Libraries were named an Association of College and Research Libraries excellence in academic libraries award winner in 2010. For additional information about the Libraries, campus resources, and Bloomington please see

To Apply: Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their applications at