The Searcher provides support to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Knowledge Management Support Services (KMSS). This position performs detailed electrical, mechanical, computer or chemical technology-related literature searching in various online databases.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.
Analyzes search requests to determine requirements and strategy, develops and modifies complex search strategies to conduct searches of electronic resources.
Reviews and prepares search results for customer in specified formats.
Uses independent judgment in selecting from a wide variety of electronic databases.
Fluently uses search tools offered by a number of vendors as well as in house systems to develop complex search strategies and conduct the searches.
Responds requests requiring difficult and comprehensive searches for information through the use of primary and secondary sources, both current and retrospective, ephemeral materials, and/or information not readily available in published form.
Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and tools in scientific and technical areas covered by the Electronic Information Center to which they are assigned.
Prepares and delivers oral and written presentations and training to patent examiners and special groups concerning the services of the information center and the use of information sources and search tools.
Acts as a back-up for reference staff-in provision of reference assistance.
Assists with special projects.
Searcher II and III - Trains new Searcher employees on complexities of technology searching to meet USPTO needs for technology specific literature.
May assist with creation and implementation of marketing and outreach strategies to promote the information center and its available resources.
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
Bachelor’s degree and years of experience as specified below; or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experience in electronic database searching. Expertise in complex searching of scientific and technical literature using one or more major on-line commercial vendors (Dialog, STN, Questel, Lexis/Nexis). Experience in searching for scientific and technical literature in an Electronic Information Center Support. Expertise in searching for literature and resources on the Internet.
Searcher I - Required degree and two (2) years’ of experience
Searcher II - Required degree and four (4) years’ of experience
Searcher III - Required degree and six (6) years’ of experience
CERTIFICATES / LICENSES / REGISTRATION
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Expert knowledge of scientific and technical literature, reference tools, and online systems.
Detail-oriented with ability to plan, organize, coordinate and execute work
Knowledge with one or more major on-line commercial vendors (Dialog, STN, Questel, Lexis/Nexis)
Knowledge of the U.S. patent system, examining procedures, foreign patent formats
Advanced Microsoft Office skills, primarily in MS Excel, including extensive use of pivot tables and export to visualization tools
Technical knowledge regarding data models, database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques
Strong critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills
Effective time management skills, including the ability to work effectively on multiple projects at the same time
Ability to adapt to changing priorities as needed to complete all assigned tasks in accordance with established deadlines
Ability to collaborate effectively with technical resources (e.g. system administrators, database administrators, and data analysts)
Ability to understand and interpret technical concepts
Experience working under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
Exceptional attention to detail, ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.