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Librarian/Archivist Fellow - Postgraduate

The U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) is located in Panama City, Florida. NEDU's mission is to conduct manned, unmanned, and biomedical research. Research includes developing, testing, diving, and evaluating hyperbaric conditions,  life support technologies, and submersible systems. In addition, NEDU ensures all diving equipment and procedures meet the safety standards and operational requirements to expand the U.S. Navy’s advantage during any undersea military operation. NEDU is equipped with the United States' largest research hyperbaric chamber complex for wet and dry hyperbaric/diving operations, a 55,000-gallon test pool, state-of-the-art physiological research facilities, and the CAPT Edward T. Flynn, Jr. Science Library. For further information, please visit

What will I be doing?

The Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) is seeking recent graduates, including early- and second-career librarians, interested in processing an archival collection from cradle to grave. The CAPT Edward T. Flynn, Jr. Archive is a collection consisting of articles, reports, books, and papers that represent a 52 year career in U.S. Navy diving and medicine research. The goal of this project is make important research material in the field of hyperbaric medicine and diving discoverable for researchers at NEDU and beyond. The archive is in accession stage. The primary objective is to process and describe the archive using DACS. Additionally, once the material is processed and described it will be added to a digital repository. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will participate in a one-year fellowship that fosters the development of archiving project management, archive processing and description, communication and promotion of archives, collaboration, digital collection management, and leadership.

As a participant, you will gain experience in:

  • Processing archival material
  • Describing an archive
  • Creating metadata based on DCMI
  • Working with digital creation hardware and software
  • Collaborating with library staff and researchers
  • Participating in communities of practice with other Navy Librarians
  • Attending virtual lectures and training
  • Contributing to or publishing scholarly communications about the archive and project

Why should I apply?

This fellowship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.

What is the anticipated start date?

NEDU is ready to make an appointment immediately. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate.

What is the length of the appointment?

This ORISE appointment is full-time 12-month duration. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by NEDU. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance


  • Hold U.S. citizenship
  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Have earned an American Library Association (ALA) accredited master's degree within the previous five years, or currently pursuing and will graduate near the appointment start date.
  • Obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance

Preferred candidates should:

  • Have experience working in a library or archives
  • Have experience processing and describing archival material
  • Have completed a SAA or ACA certificate program
  • Be familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • Be familiar with DACS and DCMI