Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Location
Tucson, AZ
Posted
Aug 31, 2020
Position Type
Postdoc
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona is in search of a Postdoctoral Research Associate in CyVerse. This position will develop, enhance, and expand the capacity of CyVerse to develop curriculum, and build communities and opportunities for training in digital and computational science skills. The successful candidate will collaborate broadly at the University of Arizona across CyVerse, and community groups including The Carpentries.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

CyVerse is an NSF-funded project to develop a comprehensive national research and education cyberinfrastructure for the life science research community. It directly collaborates with researchers and educators at most leading research universities and higher education institutions across the United States and interacts with similar international and transnational efforts. The successful candidate may participate in one of the following curriculum development projects:

  1. Facilitating Community Contributions to Lessons
    We encourage all of our community members to contribute to these lessons through GitHub issues and pull requests. Many members of our community have little to no experience with GitHub and find this contribution process to be confusing. Contributors would also appreciate more guidance on what type of contributions are desired, and on which lessons.
  2. Curriculum Advisors Program
    Lessons and Learning Materials are maintained by a small group of Maintainers, who do the day-to-day work of keeping individual lessons functional, fixing bugs, and incorporating suggested improvements. At the level of curricula, Curriculum Advisors provide higher-level guidance on the overall direction of the curriculum.

Job Duties will consist of:

  • Develop and assist in the development of workshops and related training material.
  • Work with educational communities and other trainers to develop and deploy workshops and training materials
  • Engage and interact with external communities; represent CyVerse, The Carpentries, and other community groups at workshops and scientific conferences.
  • Use and follow best practices in developing training material; scientific computing; data and code management; documentation; and digital forms of communication 
  • Learn new computational technologies and scientific methods as required including scientific software, virtualization, machine learning, data visualization, and other data science applications 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D) in life science with a demonstrated track record in data-driven science --OR-- in computer science, information technology, or a data-intensive science with a demonstrated track record working with scientists
  • Programming experience in at least two of the following: Python, R, Perl, C, C++, Linux shell, Java, JavaScript or DBMS.
  • The Carpentries Certified Instructor
  • Experience teaching workshops in a college setting
  • Active GitHub (or similar) account
  • Experience using code and document versioning systems (e.g., Git)
  • Interest in science and technology, and the ability to rapidly test and use new technologies.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in projects involving advanced computing (high performance, distributed, and cloud computing infrastructure) and information technologies used in science research in academia, government laboratories, and/or industry.
    *Project management experience

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Demonstrable oral presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate easily with scientists and educators from various disciplines .
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build consensus.
  • Very strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently under established deadlines and in a collaborative team.
  • Ability to travel as required to collaborator institutions, relevant conferences, etc.
FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job FTE 1.0 Work Calendar Fiscal Job Category Research Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay $65,000 - $75,000 Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies 1 Target Hire Date Expected End Date Contact Information for Candidates Eric Lyons, [email protected] Open Date 8/28/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter Special Instructions to Applicant Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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