Job Posting: Market Research Information Specialist, MaRS

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POSITION:           Market Research Information Specialist – Librarian II or III – 1 year contract, renewable
(Secondment contract will be considered)
DEPARTMENT:      University of Toronto Libraries
LOCATION:    MaRS Discovery District Centre
DATE REQUIRED:    March 2010 to March 2011

This position provides a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated information professional with an appreciation of scientific discovery, and an enthusiasm for working in an environment which bridges science, industry and commerce.  MaRS Discovery District is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the economic and social impact of Canadian innovation.  The University of Toronto is a founding member of MaRS and is represented on its Board of Directors. The information specialist will in particular be serving researchers, professors and student entrepreneurs associated with MaRS Innovation and its research member institutions (15 members) and other University affiliates in the province.

This position is one of two University of Toronto Information Specialist positions at MaRS.  The position provides opportunities for interacting collegially with other librarians and for continuing professional development through MaRS and the University of Toronto Libraries.

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Provides in-depth reference and search services to MaRS Innovation and member institution clients and University affiliates using a broad range of science, technology and medicine (STM) databases and related market research business sources.  Conducts high quality secondary market research in the areas of Life Sciences (Agriculture, Foods and Natural Products, Diagnostics and Imaging, Healthcare and Related Industries, Medical devices and Therapeutics), Information Communication Technology (Computational & Information Digital Multi-media, Hardware, Online Applications, Software, Telecommunications and Wireless) and Cleantech and Physical Sciences (Energy, Environment, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing). Gathers and analyses data in support of strategic decision making and provides client-based current awareness service in areas of emerging markets. Maintains documentation, templates and reference sources relevant to client needs and in support of the MaRS business development group.  Develops outreach services with MaRS Innovation member institutions and nurtures positive client relationships.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must be a graduate of an ALA accredited library school with an MLIS/MISt degree or an acceptable equivalent.  An undergraduate degree or related experience in health science, science, engineering or business preferred.  Two to five years experience working in an academic, hospital or special library or in a market research related area.  Experience in searching scientific, technical and related business databases.  Familiarity with patent databases and ability to conduct patent searching would be an asset.  Demonstrated commitment to service and the ability to work creatively and effectively in a cross-disciplinary environment.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Excellent interpersonal skills. Client focused and results oriented.  Strong time management skills with experience working independently in a deadline driven environment.  Experience in provision of competitive intelligence services would be an asset.

MINIMUM SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience:
Librarian II:      $ 54, 600 per annum
Librarian III:    $ 70 600 per annum

Applicants interested in applying for this position should submit their letters of application, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees in writing to the Library Human Resources at or to Robarts Library, 130 St.George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5, or fax (416) 946-5543 by Feb 10th, 2010.

Key URLs – MaRS Discovery District – , MaRS Innovation –

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto Libraries thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.