CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Research

The University of Chicago Library and the Energy Policy Institute at the University Chicago (EPIC) seek an exceptional individual for a two-year Fellowship to focus on building the understanding and infrastructure necessary for managing data critical to the study of energy, environmental science, and climate change.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for IT and Digital Scholarship, the Fellow will work closely with the researchers at EPIC to conceptualize, design, and develop an Energy and Environmental Data Core at the University of Chicago. The Data Core will leverage the increasingly deep and diverse data generated by a growing group of EPIC-affiliated researchers to construct a first-of-its kind web-based platform for archiving, updating, and sharing energy, environmental, and climate data with a goal of unlocking promising future research.

EPIC is an interdisciplinary institute confronting the global energy challenge by working to ensure that energy markets provide access to reliable, affordable energy, while limiting environmental and social damages. EPIC draws together an interdisciplinary group of faculty who work with diverse sets of data.

The Fellow will ensure that the Data Core and resulting data program meets the needs of energy researchers, addresses funding and government agency requirements, and observes best practices in library and data curation sciences.

The Fellow will work with library leadership and EPIC staff to ensure the long-term sustainability of any developed software, workflows, and/or curated data.  Successful candidates will possess initiative and a vision of research and service that fits with the goals of the Library and EPIC.


  • Conceptualize, design, and develop an Energy and Environmental Data Core at the University of Chicago in partnership with EPIC, library leadership, and IT staff.
  • Develop a deep understanding of research needs and practices in order to architect effective data curation solutions and data management programs that enable energy research.
  • Lead research into energy data curation, best practices, and related areas of scholarship. This may involve original research, outreach and collaboration with similar initiatives, and coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and community members.
  • Grow the Library and EPIC’s programs in areas such as software and data curation, research tool development, and/or research data/tool literacy.
  • Participate in a culture of open and reproducible research and provide training and consultations on effective techniques for documenting, cataloging, and formatting data for shared use and release to the public.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD with a strong digital research methods and/or computational background.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to work with both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Understanding of issues and technical challenges related to data management/curation as demonstrated by academic or work experience;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with large-scale storage systems, databases, and digital libraries
  • Advanced degree in a data-intensive discipline
  • Experience with metadata conventions and standards
  • Ability to lead workshops in data management and curation, reproducible research, open scholarship and other related fields
  • Experience creating, developing or managing research software tools

Application: Apply through the CLIR website:

Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact .

Salary and Benefits: $70,000 per year plus benefits including retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children. The program also covers education and training expenses including travel for program meetings and a $3,000 per year professional development stipend.

The Environment
The University of Chicago Library shares with the University an aspiration to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world, supporting research and teaching in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, business, and medicine. The library is an active participant in the activities and programs of the Ivy Plus and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Center for Library Initiatives, and embraces open sharing of collections and collaborative collection building. One of the world’s largest research libraries, it houses over 12 million volumes in print and electronic format, 62 thousand linear feet of archives and manuscripts, and 153 terabytes of born-digital archives, digitized collections, and research data.

The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago approaches the global energy challenge by using a cross-cutting approach that links the University of Chicago’s renowned economists with leading thinkers in policy and law, business, big data, engineering and natural and physical sciences throughout the University and at partner institutes such as the Marine Biological Lab and Argonne National Lab. By leveraging these University partners and harnessing top talent with varied expertise, EPIC is tackling the world’s toughest energy problems. At the same time, the Institute is working directly with global leaders to help them make important decisions about our future, while also educating and mentoring the energy leaders of tomorrow.

Founded in 1892 by John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is one of the world’s leading universities, with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education across a broad spectrum of fields. More than 80 Nobel laureates are associated with the University of Chicago, including eight current faculty members. One former senior lecturer is currently President of the United States. The University of Chicago is known for its excellent faculty, an increasingly strong and diverse student body, and a distinctive urban campus with strong community connections. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked the University of Chicago 3rd in its annual survey of the Best Colleges.

The University is home to over 2,274 faculty and academic personnel and students from 50 U.S. states and 72 countries. In the fall of 2016, the University enrolled 5,860 students in its undergraduate College and 9,866 students in its graduate and professional schools.

Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on Lake Michigan, the University’s 211 acres were designated a botanic garden in 1997 and feature traditional English Gothic and modern buildings designed by world-class architects.

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