Join our Systematic Review Core! We’re hiring!

Mellanye Lackey

Mellanye Lackey
As Associate Director for Education and Research, I assist in Research Reproducibility and Systematic Reviews.

EHSL U HealthThe faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invite applications for an Assistant or Associate Librarian. This is a career-line (non-tenure-track) faculty position reporting to the Associate Director for Education and Research. The incumbent acts as a key member of the EHSL team responsible for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s Systematic Review Core. The incumbent collaborates to provide an effective, high quality systematic review service, including working with researchers across disciplines to develop workable research questions and protocols, creating and documenting expert literature searches, validating and peer reviewing information retrieval strategies, advising on systematic review standards and methods, supporting citation management throughout the process, and co-authoring manuscripts based upon completed systematic reviews. The successful candidate will also conduct training sessions, perform outreach about systematic reviews on behalf of the Systematic Review Core and the EHSL, and actively cultivate funding streams by developing new service lines, forging partnerships and relationships, and contributing to collaborative grant opportunities. This position will also assist with literature reviews and provide consultations as a part of the Education and Research Department. Members of the Systematic Review Core are highly motivated and engage in continuous, self-directed learning and research to hone and develop skills, expertise, and innovative methodologies. The Systematic Review Core values transparency, openness, generosity, sharing, teamwork, and ally-ship, and the incumbent works within the frame of these values.

This position is a full-time, career-line faculty position in the EHSL. All librarians are expected to contribute to the University of Utah and the profession through service, scholarship, and outreach.

The mission of the EHSL is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery.

The EHSL ( serves University of Utah Health, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics. The EHSL also serves as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Office. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.


• Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school or other relevant accredited graduate degree
• Minimum 1 year professional experience in a health sciences library or as a systematic review expert
• Familiarity with literature searching
• Commitment to learning new methodologies, experimentation, and continual quality improvement
• Willingness to engage with the expert searching and systematic reviews communities as communities of practice
• Interest in conducting research
• Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment
• Comfortable learning new technologies and processes
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Belief in the value of collaboration, teamwork, and compromise coupled with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
• Self-directed learning focus
• Commitment to diversity in the workplace and community
• Sense of humor

• Demonstrated experience working on systematic review teams across health-related disciplines
• Expert literature searching experience, particularly using MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, Cochrane CENTRAL, and other key health sciences databases and grey literature resources
• Familiarity with evidence synthesis search methodologies, guidelines, and standards, including the NAM Standards, PRISMA, and the Cochrane Collaboration
• Experience using evidence synthesis project management tools, including Covidence, DistillrSR, EndNote, Excel, REDCap, Rayyan, or others
• Experience with the research process, including writing manuscripts
• Experience providing instruction in an academic setting
• Awareness of scholarly communication issues within the health sciences
• Demonstrated ability in project management
• Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $53,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, career-line (non-tenure-track) faculty position. Rank is dependent upon the qualifications of the candidate. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: See for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above; a curriculum vitae; names of three references; and a sample of an expert search you have completed using MEDLINE (a completed systematic review manuscript with complete search strategy you have designed and executed is preferred).

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is

Review of applications: Begins March 1, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

If you have any questions on this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Mellanye Lackey, MSI
Search Committee Chair

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
  4. Applicant Document – Sample Search

Optional Documents

  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169 after submission

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