University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postdoctoral Research Associate
CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Curation

Summary:
The Research Data Service (RDS) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois is funding a two-year postdoctoral position. The CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Illinois will have an unparalleled opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with leaders in the data and software management and preservation, including GSLIS faculty Victoria Stodden and Bertram Ludäscher. The Fellow will work with Stodden’s ResearchCompendia project and Ludäscher’s Kurator project to advance functionality and integrate into the data infrastructure being developed by the campus’ Research Data Service.

With research becoming an increasingly digital endeavor through advances in instrumentation and computational technologies, digital preservation must become a standard consideration for investigators carrying out their research. In this project, the goal is to improve our understanding of the research pipeline and data lifecycle in the digital setting including metadata, workflow and software use and dissemination, DOI assignment to datasets and code, the persistent linking of digital scholarly objects, and the effect on re-use. This will be done via the implementation of a small number of specific research pilots from a variety of research areas (such as psychology, astrophysics, entomology, or areas of the fellow’s interest/experience if suitable pilots are available) in the RDS, integrating Kurator and ResearchCompendia, to understand how aspects of curation and dissemination differ in different research settings.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out both research and software implementation in the context of the Research Data Service at the University of Illinois.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the collaboration leads
  • Write reports for funding agencies and other stakeholders
  • Develop software for ResearchCompendia, Kurator, and RDS
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience:

  • PhD obtained within five years of the postdoctoral fellowship in library and information science, computer science, informatics, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Communication skills including proficiency in writing research reports and/or proposals, technical documents, and interfacing effectively with other researchers (for example those in pilot projects)
  • Comfort with Python, GitHub and open source development
  • Comfort with encountering a variety of technical languages and tools
  • There is a strong open source software development component to this project and the postdoc should have experience in this setting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A knowledge of scientific software is useful but not required, however a willingness to learn new tools is essential (for example ones used by researchers in one of the pilots).
  • Proficiency with Bootstrap, Django, Python, and Java a plus.

Local Guidance and Professional Development:
This is a two-year fellowship with primary work space in the Research Data Service at the Library with additional work space at GSLIS.  The Fellow will report primarily to the director of the Research Data Service, and she or he will also have dotted-line reporting and regular interaction with Professors Stodden and Ludäscher. The Fellow will also interface with other members of the Research Data Service, the repository group at the Library, and members of CIRSS and GSLIS.

This project is focused on both the implementation of pilot projects and research in understanding the interaction between digital collections and cyberinfrastructure development. The fellow will gain leading edge experience in the design, development, and implementation of research data systems, and the integration of digital research and library frameworks in practical contexts. Depending on progress and opportunities there may be options to present the research at conferences and workshops.

Environment:
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is a leader in information and data science. Founded in 1893, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is a world leader in library and information science education, research and practice. Consistently ranked as one of the very best in the field, GSLIS has earned its reputation by creating pioneering and innovative educational opportunities, by leading groundbreaking research to advance preservation of and access to information in both traditional and digital libraries, and through its services and strong commitment to outreach and community development. The School’s academic programs include an undergraduate minor in information technology studies, an M.S. program in library and information science, a Certificate of Advanced Study program, and a Ph.D. program. Further information about GSLIS is available at http://www.lis.illinois.edu. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is also the home of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), which conducts research on information problems that impact scientific and scholarly inquiry. Further information on CIRSS is available at http://cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu.

The Illinois campus supports forward-thinking initiatives such as the newly established Research Data Service (http://researchdataservice.illinois.edu/). Headquartered in the University Library, the RDS is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, the Library, GSLIS, CITES, and NCSA and provides campus-wide support to researchers for data management and stewardship, and including data repository services. The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.library.illinois.edu. The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs.

Salary: This is a full-time, 24 month, postdoctoral fellow position with an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits.

To Apply: Applicants should submit their online application to the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR), https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants.

 

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).