The University at Buffalo Libraries is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in data curation for the social sciences. The fellow will partner with library units, technology centers, and academic departments to understand the social science data opportunities across campus, assess the needs, make recommendations for tools and services, and plan and implement the delivery of those tools and services. The fellow will coordinate with and educate the UB Libraries and broader community about data concerns, specifically geospatial data concerns, new ways to interpret data, how to appropriately prepare datasets for reuse and preservation, how to leverage existing social science datasets, and how to contribute to open science. The fellow will explore developing or building upon existing open educational resources to support broad understanding and dissemination of social science data, manipulation, and interpretation.

There will be opportunities to build on existing projects in digital humanities and digital scholarship to fully realize opportunities and leverage expertise. An example would be to work on building out the historical presentation of the content edited for digital archives, including customized geographic visualizations.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach, the CLIR fellow will enjoy a joint appointment with the appropriate department, most likely in Geography, English, Media Study, or Transnational Studies. The Library Unit of Research, Education, and Outreach includes liaison librarians and subject specialists from Arts and Sciences, Science and Engineering, Health Sciences, University Archives and Special Collections, Government Documents, and Scholarly Communications.

Fellow’s responsibilities (some may be as time allows)

  • Collaborate with the Libraries, including Special Collections, College of Arts and Sciences, and relevant campus centers in both short-term projects and in longer-term planning and implementation initiatives.
  • Help to develop a sustainable program, including communication strategies, for social science research data curation.
  • Provide researchers and librarians with instruction and guidance in social science data curation as part of digital humanities and the broader digital scholarship needs.
  • Be engaged as a full member of the University Libraries and attend meetings across Units and across the campus.
  • Pursue creative and strategic opportunities that accelerate library transformation.
  • Fellows may have the opportunity to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the appropriate discipline.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. completed within past 5 years in the social sciences or a related field
  • Experience or familiarity with using social science and/or science research data as part of teaching or research
  • Demonstrated statistical or programming language skills, such as SAS, R, SPSS, or equivalent
  • Strong organizational, documentation, and communication skills
  • A relentless curiosity to discover what is possible with technology
  • Ability to engage with people in new settings as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background or experience with geography, GIS, spatial data, cartography, virtual reality, digital media studies, or related field
  • Familiarity or working experience with digital libraries
  • Practical understanding of research processes and the entire research data lifecycle
  • Project management experience, particularly in digital environments
  • Entrepreneurial attitude to developing services for researchers; self-motivated, able to set and attain goals effectively, with the flexibility to adapt to change

Compensation is expected to be $60,000 plus benefits.

University at Buffalo is the premier public research university in the northeastern United States and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. We have three campuses in close proximity in beautiful Western New York. We achieve our mission of being a truly global university with robust programs, rich connections, and dynamic communities. UB students are encouraged to take ownership of their own curriculum pathway, are highly engaged, and come from many countries across the globe.

The University Libraries have undergone a significant transformation, with a major renovation in Fall 2016, a new Medical Library opening in 2018, and we are key players in academic innovation across the University.  The Libraries strategic design, developed with our stakeholders, outlines an ambitious plan for transforming our collections, services, spaces, and staffing in order to meet the changing needs of the wider scholarly community.

Central to our plan is the fundamental role the Libraries play throughout the entire research lifecycle and in the scholarly, civic, and creative lives of our scholars. We are looking for fellows who will lead initiatives that transform the Libraries into a hub of scholarly communication, meeting researchers where they are, and collaborating with them at every stage of the scholarly lifecycle. seek individuals who can learn quickly, bring new ideas, apply design-thinking strategies, and work collegially and collaboratively.