Research Data Support Specialist I (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, AZ
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Steward Observatory

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill two part time, non-benefits eligible positions of Research Data Support Specialist I. The selected candidate(s) will collect, sort, classify, and rate educational data that will be used to develop instructional materials and tools for science education and outreach using neural networks and artificial intelligence to identify science misinformation online. The audiences for these materials will be instructors teaching introductory science classes, students taking introductory science classes, lifelong learners taking a massive open online course (MOOC) through Udemy or Coursera, and students at other universities as well as members of the public using the Teach Astronomy web site.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Review, classify, and rate online articles based on scientific accuracy.
  • Gather on-line science articles and organize articles on scientific topics and scientific misinformation.
  • Assist the Education Program Manager in writing and reviewing material for instructional websites that will be used to assess scientific misinformation for instructors and students.
  • Run software that searches a common crawl dataset for scientific information and misinformation based on existing trained neural networks.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Science/Astronomy Education.
  • Bachelor degree in Astronomy or related field.
  • 6 months related experience.



Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


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Job Category:


Benefits Eligible:

No Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$12.50 - $16.50 DOE

Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Research & Data Analysis

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Susan Warner
[email protected], OR
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume 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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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