Johns Hopkins University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geospatial Data Discovery, Access, Management, and Curation

The JHU Sheridan Libraries and Museums of Johns Hopkins University seeks applications for a 24-month Fellowship to work on best practices for making geospatial data discoverable, accessible, and curating it for longer-term preservation. The Fellow will look at both curating library collections of geospatial data and making them more accessible to users, as well as supporting users in managing and sharing their own geospatial research data.

Project areas will include:

  • Survey the landscape of best practices in geospatial data discovery, access, management, and curation
  • Assess the library’s collection of geospatial data to identify and implement methods to make the data more discoverable, accessible, and usable for researchers
  • Create resources, guides, and trainings to provide guidance to researchers to describe and manage their data to facilitate data management, discovery, and reuse of geospatial data
  • Develop and teach the best practices for publishing and visualizing geospatial data
  • As applicable, collaborate with relevant colleagues in the library and groups on campus

The Fellow will be assigned to the Data Services unit, administratively located in the Data Management Directorate of the Library, and report to the Manager of Data Services. Data Services provides a suite of services to help faculty, students and researchers with work with data, including data management and GIS services. The Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to work at the intersection of these two service areas of the team. The Sheridan Libraries is situated within a strongly research-oriented and academic environment, and the Data Services team welcomes working with the fellow to scope and define additional smaller projects of their own interest.

The Fellow will also participate in the activities sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program.



  • PhD completed within the last five years in the Social Sciences, Sciences, or other relevant field
  • Experience working with geospatial data for research
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively


  • Experience with geospatial analysis using GIS analysis software or programming languages, such as ArcGIS, R, Python, QGIS, etc.
  • Knowledge of geospatial metadata standards FGDC and/or ISO 19115
  • Familiarity with principles and tools for data curation
  • Knowledge of database systems such as PostGIS, PostgreSQL, ESRI Geodatabases, etc.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is in the range of $55,000-$65,000 plus benefits, depending on qualifications.


The Sheridan Libraries has had a long-standing commitment to building both knowledge and systems to support data curation across disciplinary domains. The Sheridan Libraries Digital Research and Curation Center has played a significant role in managing initiatives to explore deep curation needs with Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, reviewing repository infrastructure and platforms, and leading the Data Conservancy, a community focused on the development of solutions to digital research data collection, curation, and preservation challenges.  In 2011 the JHU Data Management Services (JHUDMS) unit was launched from expertise and experience gained through the Data Conservancy in collaboration with the Entrepreneurial Library program. The JHUDMS provides research data management services and solutions for the Johns Hopkins community and has a strong track record of incremental and impactful success in growing data management support and services for the community. In 2017, JHUDMS and GIS came together to form the Data Services team.

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the historic George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, the DC Centers, the Evergreen Museum and John Work Garrett Library, and the Homewood Museum. Staff from the libraries and museums teach classes, curate exhibitions, produce scholarship and serve as principle investigators for research initiatives. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs. The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to ‘work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new and promoting existing staff.’  For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit