University of California, Davis
UC Davis Fellowship in Neuroscientific Data Curation and Informatics
NOTE: This position has been filled. The position description is provided for reference only.
The Postdoctoral position at UC Davis is based in the University’s Health and Life Sciences Library as a member of a new e-science team and reporting to the Head of the Health and Life Sciences Library. The UC Davis University Library seeks applications from postdoctoral candidates in the life sciences and health informatics fields for a two-year position working with faculty, graduate students, researchers, and Library staff to develop strategies and programs for the collection, description, organization, normalization, storage, preservation, integration, visualization and mining of data across the spectrum of neuroscience programs on campus. The Library works closely with the campus IT departments and the other University of California Libraries (including the California Digital Library) to support data as a critical part of the research enterprise. The position will serve as the bridge between the scientific communities that are designing and conducting the research, including data production and analysis, and the Library and IT staff charged with archiving and curating it over time. Candidates must have direct experience with conducting research in the health and life sciences, and in working with the resulting data, either in an informatics capacity or to manage data for a research center or program. The position will offer its incumbent the chance to help define the emerging field of data curation and informatics.
- The UC Davis Library is central to the University’s strategy for managing research data and developing strategies for supporting Big Data initiatives. The position is central to defining and developing those strategies across campus;
- Working with staff from the University Library, the Information and Educational Technology (IET) Department, and the Health System IT staff, define campus-wide data curation programs that will directly support the multiple existing neuroscience center and programs;
- Collaborate with staff from the California Digital Library and other UC campuses with neuroscience programs (e.g., UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCSC and UCSB, each of which has major neuroscience or neuroimaging programs) to identify and develop Shared Services in support of neuroscientific data across campuses;
- Engage faculty and researchers on requirements for the UC Davis University Library’s e-Science strategy and partnerships;
- Help the Library perform outreach and promote its data services within UC neuroscience disciplines, programs, and centers;
- With CDL staff, develop training strategies (particularly online and self-directed) in aspects of data curation relevant to researchers, including data formats, identifiers, metadata, integration, visualization and data mining/informatics.
- Work with UC Davis University Library’s Collections and Technical Services staff to develop standards and implement practices for ingesting and describing relevant neuroscience data into the Library’s collections and the campus and CDL cyberinfrastructure;
- Help train the staff of the UC Davis University Library and other UC campuses in the curation needs of neuroscience data.
- PhD in one or more relevant neuroscientific disciplines (e.g. biology, neurology, cognitive psychology). Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a discipline no more than five years before applying; if a Ph.D. has not yet been received, all work toward the degree (including the dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship; The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service at the time of appointment may not exceed three years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.
- Familiarity with information science or informatics as applied to neuroscientific research and research data, including design and/or use of software for data analysis;
- Excellent skills in project management, outreach, teaching, including communication and collaboration with faculty members and colleagues at other institutions;
- Experience coordinating and promoting programs and/or services;
- Demonstrated understanding of scientific research methods and the data lifecycle;
- Demonstrated experience working with research groups and technology staff to define requirements for technology tools and platforms that support research;
- Proven flexibility and self-motivation in setting and meeting goals and challenges; .
- Demonstrated ability to engage with new people, excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in a neuroscience field, including direct experience conducting scientific research that involves data creation and management, ideally in an interdisciplinary context. Excellent teamwork and communication skills (both verbal and written) are essential to the position, given its role in bridging the scientific research and library/IT communities to define new research support services. Familiarity with metadata practices and data analysis or visualization techniques will also be highly valuable. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to manage time wisely and handle multiple demands in a rapidly evolving environment, and demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and a positive approach to problem-solving.
UC Davis and the Community
The UC Davis University Library (www.lib.ucdavis.edu) ranks among the top research libraries in North America, with significant holdings of books, journals and other scholarly material in both print and digital formats. The University Library is an active contributor within the UC consortium of libraries and the California Digital Library (www.cdlib.org).
For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research, patient care, and public service that matter to California and transform the world. UC Davis is one of the nation's top public research universities and an integral part of the world's pre-eminent public university system, the University of California. UC Davis is a highly selective, research-intensive institution of approximately 32,000 students, including 7,500 graduate and professional students, that fosters strong partnerships with industry to develop technologies that meet societal challenges, stimulating innovation in the marketplace. Its physical presence extends from main campuses in Davis—a unique college town where close relationships between the campus and the local community are valued—and Sacramento—the state capital—to centers stretching from Bodega Bay to Lake Tahoe, the Central Valley and up and down the California coast.
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