Job Summary

The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is recruiting 
a new team to build a data and informatics program called “Arcus” that will 
link clinical and biological data and provide world-class computational tools 
to solve the most challenging problems in child health.   Recognizing the 
central role of data to the future of pediatric research, CHOP leadership and 
the Board of Directors committed to a funding plan, and Arcus was launched in 
July 2017.  The Arcus team integrates with major scientific initiatives in the 
Research Institute Strategic Plan: Lifespan, Rare Diseases, Novel Devices and 
Therapeutics, and Precision Health.  We seek mission-oriented professionals 
with interest and expertise in the areas of biomedical science, library 
science, data education, data science, cloud computing, data privacy, and 

The Metadata Librarian II is responsible for metadata services that support the 
unified discovery of CHOP research and clinical data from multiple sources and 
facilitate new research initiatives and discoveries. As a member of the new 
Library Science team, the incumbent will investigate, implement, and maintain 
the standards and workflows necessary to establish a new digital archive and 
catalog of CHOP-generated biomedical data, objects, and collections. The 
Metadata Librarian II will establish long-term metadata strategy and 
collaborate on related strategies for preservation and discovery. The incumbent 
will incorporate data standards and descriptive practices from the biomedical 
field into cataloging practices as appropriate.

The successful candidate will work with clinical, research, and informatics 
domains across CHOP to learn about the requirements of different data sources, 
content types, researchers and research practices. The incumbent will also 
collaborate with fellow Library Science team members on preservation and 
discovery solutions and with technical staff on the establishment of systems 
support for metadata workflows.

Job Responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation and continuous improvement of metadata workflows 
and practices that support the description, discovery, and linking of 
biomedical data collections and objects generated at CHOP.
Independently manage a portfolio of tasks with general instruction, guidance, 
and supervision from direct supervisor as well as distributed team.
Establish, document, and maintain metadata standards and tools including data 
dictionaries and application profiles and utilizing relevant ontologies, 
thesauri, and controlled vocabularies.
Support integrated discovery of distinct and disparate collections through 
metadata that extends relationships across resources and systems.
Implement metadata submission procedures in collaboration with technical staff, 
including entry, validation, and review.
Identify opportunities for automated metadata processing of catalog content and 
coordinate with Library Science and technical staff on the establishment of 
related systems support.
Review object processing to resolve cataloging issues, ensure accuracy and 
adherence to standards, and identify improvements to automated and manual 
cataloging practices.
Collaborate with the Digital Archivist on the implementation of technical and 
administrative metadata standards and practices that support digital 
preservation goals.
Coordinate with Information Analysts on the design of data dictionaries and 
descriptive practices for active data stores and biomedical research projects.
Monitor library and biomedical fields for relevant developments in metadata 
standards and processes.

Required Education and Experience

Required education: Bachelor’s Degree in library science, information science, 
or related discipline
Required experience: At least three (3) years of relevant experience in a 
research, academic, medical, or related setting

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
Preferred education: Master’s Degree in library science, information science, 
or related discipline
Additional Technical Requirements

Knowledge of issues and trends in the application of metadata for organizing, 
managing, and discovering digital resources and/or research data
Demonstrated expertise in descriptive principles and content standards, 
controlled vocabularies, authority control, and ontologies
Experience developing and validating crosswalks to support metadata 
transformations and data exchange
Experience with tools and/or scripting languages for metadata manipulation such 
as OpenRefine, XSLT, and Python
Knowledge of authority data and identifier standards including LC/NAF, ORCID, 
Experience working with a digital asset management system or digital repository
Aptitude for working on large-scale data projects
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
Ability to plan, organize work and use time effectively and efficiently
Excellent writing/speaking skills
Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
Appreciation of diversity and affinity for interacting with people of varying 
backgrounds and perspectives
Experience with descriptive standards and practices for medical data and 
resources preferred.
Experience with linked data, RDF, OWL, and related applications preferred
Experience developing metadata application profiles or ontologies preferred
Working knowledge of triple-stores, SPARQL queries, or JSON-LD preferred

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care 
are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a 
medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and 
healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. 
In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of 
Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New 
Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use 
tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the 
latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not 
discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected 
veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288

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