University of California, Berkeley

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation

The University of California at Berkeley Library seeks exceptional researchers with a demonstrated track record of leadership and impact in the Digital Scholarship and Data Science space. As part of this effort the library invites applications for the position of CLIR Postdoctoral fellow. This position is central to UC Berkeley’s goal of supporting original scholarship and engaging in outreach in the areas of data science, digital research methods and data curation. Drawing on colleagues with expertise across the UC Berkeley and UC system this position is responsible for engaging in original research and developing the service portfolio of the UC Berkeley library, the Digital Humanities community and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) in these areas.

This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services at the University of California, Berkeley University Libraries and is connected with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) research unit, co-located within a University Library. The Fellow will be responsible for contributing to library services including outreach, program development and technical efforts related to digital and data-focused research as well as research data management.

Along with other members of the University Library, BIDS, Digital Humanities Council, Research IT as well as colleagues at other UC Libraries, the Fellow should set an example of research, scholarship, learning, outreach and community engagement. In addition to pursuing original research, the Fellow will work with the AUL for Digital and Collaborative Services to identify and pursue new avenues of support to ensure the long-term sustainability of developed software and curated data. The ideal candidate will posses a PhD completed within the last five years with a focus related to digital scholarship, software development or data science. Successful candidates will posses initiative and a vision of research and service that fits with the organizational goals of the Library.


  • Lead the creation of robust, well-documented and sustainable service portfolio in digital and data-driven scholarship in the University Libraries. This will involve original research, outreach and program coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and community members.
  • Grow the Library and affiliated research unit’s programs through original research in areas such as research tool development, data curation or research data/tool literacy. This will require seeking funding sources (both from traditional agencies and novel channels) to further expand original scholarship or software development.
  • Participate in a culture of open and reproducible research across campus. The projects the Fellow will lead will illustrate best practices in this regard, providing leadership through practice and instruction.
  • Collaborate with the Library, Digital Humanities, BIDS, UC and UC Library communities in both short-term projects and in longer-term efforts that may require joint funding with partners.
  • Coordinate and participate in educational events for the campus community, ranging from short tutorials to multi-day workshops.
  • Participate in annual retreat activities and contribute to sponsor reports.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications: 

PhD or equivalent with a strong computational and/or digital research methods background, regardless of specific discipline.

Additional Required Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with research methods in digital scholarship communities
  • Experience in creating/developing research software tools
  • Experience in reproducible science techniques and open scholarship concepts/policies
  • Experience leading workshops in data curation, numerical/scientific computing, reproducible research, open scholarship and other related fields

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Track record of interdisciplinary collaboration with domain scientists from varied domains beyond the original training discipline of the candidate
  • Experience in a scientific programming language (e.g. Python or Julia)

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premiere public universities. In a highly-diverse and intellectually-rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and over 1300 full-time faculty.

The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Through creative arrangements with other research libraries and foreign countries, the Library continues to explore new roles and approaches for academic research libraries. The Library has a current operations budget of approximately $39 million with approximately 380 FTE employees. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Berkeley actively partners with the California Digital Library (CDL) and manages the system-wide Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) at the nearby Richmond Field Station. UC Berkeley library has multiple active collaborations within UC Berkeley including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), Digital Humanities at Berkeley, and Research IT.