Carnegie Mellon University
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Software Curation

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries invites applications for a two-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Software Curation. The primary focus of the fellowship will be to collaborate with faculty, students, library staff, and technologists to advance the Libraries’ software preservation and curation strategies.

The Fellow will partner with CMU Libraries and research faculty and staff from a range of CMU colleges and programs to develop and implement strategies for a sustainable approach to supporting life-cycle management of research software. They will also help to train faculty, staff, and students in software preservation tools and techniques. Through this research activity, the Fellow will play a key role in developing a model for software preservation and curation workflows, policies, and strategies in the CMU Libraries.

This Fellow’s time will be split between pursuing their own original research, and collaborating with and mentoring other researchers, including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates pursuing open science. Applicants must be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research setting and have a working understanding of the research life-cycle.

Specific areas of responsibility and related tasks may include:

  • Assessment and documentation of software preservation capabilities and practices
  • Collaboration on currently active projects such as:
    • Working with CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center on preservation of games and interactive software
    • Strengthening CMU’s relationship and commitment to the Software Preservation Network, including contributions to software metadata standards, assessment instruments, and technical infrastructure
    • Helping with implementation and support for pilot Emulation as a Service (EaaS) offerings, including codification of open-source software installation procedures and pipelines
    • Working with the Digits digital scholarship containerization project team
  • Communication and outreach to various communities at CMU engaged in software development and use.
  • Collaborate in creating a library strategy for managing research software by, for example, connecting diverse scholarly outputs such as software and data in a visible and searchable manner.



  • PhD in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an innovative, interdisciplinary, and diverse environment
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and innovative thinking
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage with people in new
  • Willingness to participate in teaching and training initiatives related to the fellowship or area of research


  • Previous degrees or experience in software development in an interdisciplinary environment, such as engineering, social sciences, arts, humanities, etc.
  • Experience using software repositories and version control systems (e.g., Git) as well as virtual computing environments (e.g., Docker)
  • Familiarity with software development and associated technologies
  • Excellent skills in project management and workflow design
  • Experience in teaching, outreach, communication, and collaborating with faculty and researchers
  • Experience coordinating and promoting programs and/or services


Salary is $70,000 per annum for a two-year appointment in the Libraries. Additional funding is available for conference travel. Through the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the incumbent will also receive generous support for travel to CLIR-sponsored events for Fellows.

CMU employee benefits include medical, transportation, and tuition benefits; university retirement contributions are subject to cliff vesting. A complete listing of benefits, including University holidays and paid time off, is available at: glance/index.html

Fellows will receive 20% time for their own personal research.

About Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie under the premise that a school established to foster and develop the technical skills of its students would soon produce students and graduates whose work would astound Pittsburgh and the world. Over 100 years later, our institution continues to produce talented alumni and draws faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university’s creative, passionate and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.