CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Energy Research
Hyde Park Campus
454780101 Digital Library Systems
About the Unit
In association with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the University of Chicago Library and the Energy Policy Institute at the University Chicago (EPIC) seek an exceptional individual for a two-year fellowship to focus on building the understanding and infrastructure necessary for managing data critical to the study of energy, environmental science, and climate change.
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for IT and Digital Scholarship, the Fellow will work closely with the researchers at EPIC to conceptualize, design, and develop an Energy and Environmental Data Core at the University of Chicago. The Data Core will leverage the increasingly deep and diverse data generated by a growing group of EPIC-affiliated researchers to construct a first-of-its kind web-based platform for archiving, updating, and sharing energy, environmental, and climate data with a goal of unlocking promising future research.
EPIC is an interdisciplinary institute confronting the global energy challenge by working to ensure that energy markets provide access to reliable, affordable energy, while limiting environmental and social damages. EPIC draws together an interdisciplinary group of faculty who work with diverse sets of data.
The Fellow will ensure that the Data Core and resulting data program meets the needs of energy researchers, addresses funding and government agency requirements, and observes best practices in library and data curation sciences.
The Fellow will work with library leadership and EPIC staff to ensure the long-term sustainability of any developed software, workflows, and/or curated data. Successful candidates will possess initiative and a vision of research and service that fits with the goals of the Library and EPIC.
- Conceptualize, design, and develop an Energy and Environmental Data Core at the University of Chicago in partnership with EPIC, library leadership, and IT staff.
- Develop a deep understanding of research needs and practices in order to architect effective data curation solutions and data management programs that enable energy research.
- Lead research into energy data curation, best practices, and related areas of scholarship. This may involve original research, outreach and collaboration with similar initiatives, and coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and community members.
- Grow the Library and EPIC's programs in areas such as software and data curation, research tool development, and/or research data/tool literacy.
- Participate in a culture of open and reproducible research and provide training and consultations on effective techniques for documenting, cataloging, and formatting data for shared use and release to the public.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills including ability to work with both technical and non-technical audiences, required.
- Doctorate (PhD) required.
- Advanced degree in a data-intensive discipline preferred.
- Strong digital research methods and/or computational background required.
- Experience with large-scale storage systems, databases, and digital libraries preferred.
- Experience with metadata conventions and standards preferred.
- Experience creating, developing, or managing research software tools preferred.
Technical Skills and Knowledge:
- Understanding of issues and technical challenges related to data management/curation as demonstrated by academic or work experience required.
- Ability to lead workshops in data management and curation, reproducible research, open scholarship and other related fields preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
- Office environment
- Ability to see, including color, depth perception, or clarity; must be able to visually focus on print and electronic material for long periods.
- Ability to sit for 4 hours or more.
- Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more.
- Ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements.
- Ability to operate equipment necessary to perform job.
- Effective audio-visual discrimination and perception.
- Ability to Use Standard Work Station Equipment.
- Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
- Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
Please note, in order to apply for this position, candidates already must have completed the CLIR/DLF application process. Applicants who have not completed the CLIR/DLF process will not be considered.
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