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Research Fellow

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job Details

Job no: 523287
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: SFE - Dean's Office
Date opened: 07 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 21 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Research Fellow would be responsible for creating the entirety of our data archive and public availability cyberinfrastructure. We hope to host our data on either the Environmental Data Repository ( or Data One (, to provide long-term public availability, robust metadata generation, and open APIs.

Once created, they’d be tasked with front-end development for public-facing applications for scientists, public education, and policy makers. They would be responsible for training and supervising students in data curation and data presentation to multiple audiences. Where possible, they will also work to create public workshops on data use for the lab’s different stakeholder groups based on principles and lessons from Data Carpentries or other similar organizations.

Examples of Duties:

Data Management:

○ Determine the optimal data hosting and delivery solutions that follow best practices for the international data community.

○ Develop a lab-wide data management plan for standard use by anyone working with Stone Living Lab resources.

○ Work with scientists on data quality control and help them to prepare metadata for each data product they produce.

○ Work with scientists to archive data and/or create archiving protocols and pipelines for future use.

○ Work to create pipelines between SLL data and the Ocean Biogeographic Information Service (OBIS) and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) for international representation of SLL data.

● Lab Data Coordination

○ Develop plans, timelines, and milestones for lab data deposition and use.

○ Collaborate with project scientists to ensure timely adherence to data management policies and protocols of the Stone Living Lab.

● Build Data Pipelines for Immediate Use:

○ Work with real-time data streams to establish data pipelines that quality control the data before providing them to the public.

○ Create targeted products to provide lab administration, policy-makers, and stakeholders notices of data on extreme events from data streams.

● Student Supervision:

○ Train and supervise SLL students and scientists in best practices for future data archiving, so that all work done at SLL into the future is in accordance with FAIR principles.

○ Supervise student adherence to SLL data management protocols.

○ Conduct workshops for students in git, interaction with data portals, and how to use multiple streams of SLL data for their own work.

● Public Facing Frontend Development:

○ Create a searchable and publicly accessible data portal of all SLL data products.

○ Create publicly visible dashboards and interactive web apps to visualize SLL data streams.

○ Create targeted products as needed by SLL staff for communication with lab stakeholders.

● Stakeholder and Public Outreach:

○ Work with scientists and the outreach and engagement team to develop web applications and data products for public use.

○ Develop workshops in data use and reuse for stakeholder audiences.


Masters degree or above required. Preferred degree in computer science, data science, environmental data science, or IT with a focus on data management. Degrees in ecology, evolution, environmental science, oceanography, etc. are also preferred if the candidate has demonstrated professional experience in data management.

● Minimum 2 years in data science and management.

● Relevant coursework and/or experience in data management preferred.

● Familiarity with Ecological Meta-Language (EML).

● Experience with Excel, SQL, R.

● Experience with R Shiny is a plus.

● Knowledge of web content management systems interfacing with relational database systems using common programming languages.

● Strong communication and organizational skills.

● Ability to work independently.

● Experience with data management in a single lab or multi-lab environment.

● Familiarity with major data hosting platforms for Ecological or other environmental data streams (e.g., Data One, OBIS, EDI, or others).

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Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

This is a non-union exempt position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

Applications close: 21 May 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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