University of Notre Dame

Fellowship in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences at the Center for Digital Scholarship

The CLIR postdoctoral data curation fellow will have an active role in software preservation research as well as an opportunity to collaborate in developing services, instruction, and consultation in support of software preservation, and curation of scientific and social sciences data at the University of Notre Dame.  The fellow will be a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS – http://library.nd.edu/cds/) working collaboratively with an established team of Metadata, GIS and Digital Initiative Librarians and the campus Center for Research Computing (CRC – http://crc.nd.edu/).

Reporting to the Metadata and Digital Services Librarian, the CLIR Fellow in Data Curation will work with faculty, graduate students, academic units and research centers on efforts related to making software and research data available and accessible to appropriate audiences and repositories.

The CLIR Fellow in Data Curation will support campus researchers and collaborate on software preservation research in the Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS) project, collaborate with faculty and staff in the Center for Research computing and work with specific disciplinary efforts in chemistry, mathematics and other disciplines.  S/he will work with researchers to publish datasets and tools, and archive them in secure and reliable digital repositories. S/he will conduct and support some of the center’s workshops and introductory sessions on topics of software preservation and data curation. The position tracks international developments in data curation and participates in library, campus, regional and national discussions regarding cooperative data curation activities and services. S/he may assist faculty and graduate students to develop and implement effective data management plans and assist with writing data management plans required by funding agencies. The person in this position will help identify appropriate disciplinary avenues for data curation and may act as an intermediary between researchers and digital repository systems, including CurateND, the University’s institutional repository.

The postdoctoral fellow will have ample opportunity to share expertise and results of research with colleagues via development of new technologies, publication in refereed journals, poster sessions and/or presentations at professional meetings.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS – www.daspos.org) an NSF grant funded project exploring the key technical problems related to data, software and algorithmic preservation for High Energy Physics and other disciplines, including the contexts necessary to understand, trust and reuse the data.  This project is divided into two distinct but mutually-informing activities (workshops & prototypes that explore data and query models and software sustainability models.)  The Fellow may elect to participate in either aspect of this project or other software preservation research based on background and interest.
  • Conducts extended face-to-face and other interviews with researchers about data lifecycle. Works with the metadata librarian to help faculty describe their data so that it is accessible and understandable to other researchers. May assist faculty in writing data management plans. Develops data curation guides that describe campus and funding agency data curation policies, guidelines, and best practices. Tracks international developments in data curation and participates in library, campus, regional and national discussions regarding cooperative data curation activities and services. Works with other librarians to build liaison activities relating to data management. Identifies appropriate venues for data and software preservation and serves as an intermediary between researchers and appropriate digital repository systems including CurateND, the university’s Institutional Repository.
  • As a member of the CDS, engages in the formal and informal teaching of internal and external audiences, including other library departments. The teaching focus will relate to the fellow’s expertise and primary assignments in the CDS.  Teaching may include designing online learning tools, offering workshops, providing one-on-one training and developing CDS curricula. The evaluation for the effectiveness of the teaching will be based on collected feedback from the target audience as well as mentors’ evaluations both from observations of teaching sessions and the review of teaching materials.
  • Will participate in library task forces and committees and may also participate in professional and technical societies related to data curation and software preservation at the state, regional, and national levels through conference and workshop attendance.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • All fellows must have completed a Ph.D. in a science or social science discipline within the five years preceding the fellowship appointment. Priority will be given to candidates with an interest and demonstrated background related to data and software preservation within all fields of science or social sciences.
  • An understanding of issues and technical challenges related to software preservation and data management/curation as demonstrated by academic or work experience.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff and students and to engage in outreach and instruction.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a data intensive discipline like bioinformatics, computational science, chemistry, economics, geosciences, microbiology, physics, or other social science.
  • Experience with one or more disciplinary or institutional repository platforms.
  • Experience with one or more current scientific metadata conventions and standards.
  • Data management plan writing experience and familiarity with federal funding requirements.

Environment

The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at http://nd.edu/. The Hesburgh Libraries (http://library.nd.edu) hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 140 staff and 55 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.