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Rutgers Libraries – New Brunswick is hiring a Graduate Specialist for Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences (GSES)! Please see below for full job description.

The GSES will help the social sciences librarian, Julia Maxwell, support systematic and scoping reviews in social science disciplines. Training will be provided to help the student gain systematic review skills. If students are considering a career in health or social science librarianship, this position would be a great way to gain the evidence synthesis skills that are quickly becoming essential in these areas of academic librarianship!

Overview of the Graduate Specialist Program

The New Brunswick Libraries (NBL) Graduate Specialist Program provides opportunities for Rutgers–New Brunswick graduate students to use and develop their skills in a variety of methodologies while working with the Libraries to deliver consulting, workshops, and training. NBL hires Graduate Specialists to provide support to researchers in topics and methods of growing importance in the scholarly world. Graduate Specialists help the Libraries to expand the range of services offered by bringing advanced skillsets in the latest research methods and tools. Additionally, the Graduate Specialist Program helps the graduate students by giving them a place to prove and hone their skills by bringing services to researchers, gaining significant marketable experience along the way.

The Graduate Specialist Program is strongly and actively committed to diversity and antiracism, and seeks to hire students who will engage with diverse audiences and contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment. We follow the University’s non-discrimination policy. The positions described in this document are the Evidence Synthesis and Data Science Graduate Specialists. As of Fall 2022, the Libraries have several Graduate Specialist positions: Diversity in Data, Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Data Science, and Qualitative Methods. Graduate Specialists earn $25 per hour. For more information on the program, see

Evidence Synthesis Graduate Specialist

As part of its Graduate Specialist Program, the Rutgers New Brunswick Libraries seek an Evidence Synthesis (ES) Graduate Specialist to assist the libraries in supporting systematic and scoping reviews in the social sciences. Initially used in evidence-based healthcare practice, evidence synthesis methods like systematic and scoping reviews are becoming increasingly popular methods in social science fields, including psychology, sociology, social work, and public policy. See the “Evidence Synthesis in the Social Sciences” LibGuide for more information.

The ES Graduate Specialist will report to the Social Science Librarian, Julia Maxwell. They will support social science students and faculty by co-developing and co-facilitating evidence synthesis workshops and guides for Rutgers affiliates or specific research teams. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to hold office hours to advise and consult on elements of evidence synthesis projects, including search strategy, database or grey literature selection, and citation management.


The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual with an interest in using and learning evidence synthesis methods for the social sciences. The ES Graduate Specialist position requires an understanding of academic databases and advanced search elements such as boolean operators, subject headings, search punctuation, and database field syntax. The successful candidate will also have strong familiarity with at least one evidence synthesis method, such as the literature review. Experience conducting a systematic or scoping review is preferred, but not required.

The candidate will be adept at communicating with and creating an inclusive environment for learners of all backgrounds and skill levels. Additionally, the candidate will have a consistent availability of 8-12 hours a week during the semester.


The position is open to current Rutgers–New Brunswick graduate students in a social or behavioral science field who are eligible for on-campus employment. Students with full-time enrollment status are preferred.


This is a one-semester, 10-hours-per-week position paid at an hourly rate of $25.00. The term of employment is January 17, 2023 to May 1, 2023 (15 weeks).

Application Process

Please submit the following materials via e-mail to Charlene Houser at

• Resume or Curriculum Vitae

• Cover letter describing how you meet the requirements for the position; contributions you

can make to this position and to the New Brunswick Libraries; and how this position will

advance your academic goals

• Names and contact information for two (2) references

For questions regarding the Evidence Synthesis Graduate Specialist position, please contact Julia Maxwell, Social Science Librarian, at

See for information about the Graduate Specialist Program, including workshops and guides developed by past graduate specialists.

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