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Research Associate, Gradient, Boston, MA or Seattle, WA


Gradient seeks an experienced Research Librarian to join our Information Resource Center (IRC) group in either our Boston, MA or Seattle, WA office. The Research Librarian works as part of a team to provide comprehensive research and information services to a national consulting staff of scientists and engineers using appropriate electronic, print, and other resources. The successful candidate must have strong analytical skills; ability to organize collections of materials and information; well developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels of the firm; and strong communication skills, both written and verbal.


Research and Literature Searching

  • Conduct research to support project work and business development initiatives by utilizing various internal and external resources in the fields of toxicology, life and environmental sciences, legal cases and government regulations.
  • Translate user information needs into effective search strategies using a variety of resources such as PubMed, Scopus, ToxPlanet, and LexisNexis
  • Courtlink. Evaluate, analyze, synthesize and deliver research results effectively.

Current Awareness and Business Development Support

  • Track and monitor business trends, regulatory developments, scientific and legal news in the company’s core practice areas.
  • Establish and maintain effective tracking strategies and systems for conducting competitive intelligence and conflict of interest searches to support marketing and business development.
  • Disseminate the results through multiple channels including email, SharePoint, Excel, Inmagic Presto and LibGuides.


  • Work with IRC team to provide end-user training in IRC resources as well as orientation sessions on information resources and library procedures for new staff.


  • Support IRC activities and other tasks as assigned, including document management and document retrieval.


3-5 years experience in literature searching and research in a corporate or academic library; experience in an environmental health or science setting is preferred.


Technical Skills

  • Broad knowledge of environmental health and science information resources (peer-reviewed literature, conferences, regulatory arena, government agencies, and document repositories).
  • Experience and ability to perform scientific, industry, regulatory, and general research using a variety of print and digital tools, including PubMed, Scopus, and LexisNexis Courtlink.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office, LibGuides, SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.


  • Excellent written, oral, and email communication skills.
  • Confidence in presenting to groups of all sizes and knowledge levels both in person and virtually.
  • Proactive and willing to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks within a team environment, relying on experience and independent judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

General Skills and Work Style

  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic, time-sensitive, fast-paced consulting environment with a strong commitment to teamwork and customer service.
  • Ability to handle multiple and shifting tasks and demands while staying organized and meeting deadlines.
  • Creative problem-solver; displays professionalism and a positive, “can do” attitude towards all staff as well as external clients and vendors.


Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited program. B.S. in a science discipline preferred but not required.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Human Resources by email to [email protected].