CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Scholarship

The University at Buffalo Libraries are offering a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Scholarship. The fellow will partner with library units, technology centers, and academic departments to understand the digital scholarship opportunities across campus, understand needs across the disciplines, make recommendations for tools, services, and workflows, and plan and implement the delivery of those tools and services.  The fellow will coordinate with and educate librarians, faculty, and students about digital scholarship, specifically as it relates to academic innovation, new ways to interpret user and existing data, how to leverage existing digital projects, including datasets, and how to contribute to open scholarship. The fellow will build on existing projects in digital humanities and digital scholarship to fully realize opportunities and leverage expertise in a broad array of academic disciplines.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach, the CLIR fellow will enjoy a joint appointment with an appropriate department, most likely in the Graduate School of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences. The Library’s 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 may include

  • 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 that advance digital scholarship.
  • Develop a researcher impact and bibliometrics program to advance dissemination of scholarly work
  • Experiment with academic innovation including open education resources, microcredentialling, and applied learning opportunities.
  • Provide researchers and librarians with instruction and guidance on digital humanities, digital scholarship tools, or data-driven services and the workflows needed to support them.
  • Enhance the current understanding of library users and their needs and use that understanding to take advantage of usage data while being sensitive to privacy concerns
  • 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 an appropriate discipline.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. completed within the past 5 years in a data intensive field, from digital humanities to data science
  • Experience or familiarity with using digital tools or digital collections as part of teaching or research
  • 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

  • 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: 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, engage with researchers where they are, and collaborate with them at every stage of the scholarly lifecycle. We seek individuals who can learn quickly, bring new ideas, apply design-thinking strategies, and work collegially and collaboratively.