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Software Curation Specialist

Software Curation Specialist

New York University, Division of Libraries Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 08-12-2021

Are you an information professional who thrives on creatively solving problems related to research software curation and archiving in a collaborative environment? The Division of Libraries at New York University is looking for you! Software plays a foundational role in modern scholarship, and requires specialized curation processes to preserve and make available for reuse. Opportunities abound for libraries and archives to lead practices and possibilities around selecting, acquiring, describing, documenting, preserving, and publishing software as a key part of the scholarly record. The Software Curation Specialist will lead efforts in hands-on curation of research software, as well as contribute to outreach and educational efforts around software preservation. The Software Curation Specialist will provide research software curation services to the NYU community. In addition, the Software Curation Specialist will be a key member of the Collaborating on Software Archiving for Institutions project, providing key insights and testing of an open-source suite of software preservation tools. Telecommuting is possible for this position.


Working with the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, the main activities for Software Curation Specialist include:
  • Contribute to the development of a software preservation software suite via:
  • Roadmap development as a key partner and domain specialist on software preservation,
  • Writing a selection policy for software collecting to guide development,
  • Testing the software against defined criteria,
  • Developing publicly available user workflows, and
  • Extending or modifying metadata schemas for research software.
  • Explore and help establish a service model that applies digital curation principles and practice to software, such as:
  • Actively curating software built by the NYU community,
  • Conducting outreach and instruction sessions, and
  • Contributing to Libraries-wide efforts to improve infrastructure for research needs (including software publishing).
  • Prepare articles, reports, data, code, and presentations (with co-authorship), and present/publish them at professional venues.

About New York University Libraries

The Division of Libraries values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented communities. We are proud of our organizational culture and we are committed​ ​to​ ​building​ ​and​ ​sustaining​​ a​ ​diverse,​ ​inclusive,​ ​and equitable​ ​organization​ that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more information regarding the Libraries’ commitment to IDBE, see the Libraries’ Mission & Values Statement at http://library.nyu.edu/about/general/values, our Diversity and Inclusion Values Statement, at https://library.nyu.edu/about/general/values/diversity-inclusion, and our Commitment to Anti-Racism at https://library.nyu.edu/about/general/values/anti-racism



  • Master of Library and Information Science or similar degree (e.g. MSIS, M.A. archival science), or related experience
  • Experience with the standards, tools, and practices of digital preservation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and optimally, both orally and in writing
  • Strong project management skills


  • Familiarity with software development and associated technologies
  • Familiarity with computational research processes and tools (from any field)
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks as part of a larger group
  • Proven creative problem solving skills
  • Capacity in prioritizing and managing multiple requirements simultaneously
Salary/Benefits: Attractive benefits package including generous time off. Salary starting at $70,000 annually. This is a two-year full-time grant-funded appointment. To Apply: We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your CV and a letter of application to: apply.interfolio.com/91696 Applications will be considered until the position is filled. EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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