University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Economics

The University of Texas Libraries (UT Libraries), the Energy Institute, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) invite applications for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Economics. Applicants must have experience working in a collaborative research environment and demonstrate an understanding of the research life-cycle. This position will report to the University of Texas Libraries or to the UT Energy Institute, depending on the applicant’s academic background. The Fellow will begin between June and September 2018, based upon agreed start date, with an annual salary of $70,000 plus benefits and associated Fellowship education and training that includes a CLIR introductory seminar at Bryn Mawr College, July 29-August 4, 2018.

The Fellow will collaborate with UT Libraries staff, Energy Institute faculty, staff and students, and TACC staff to research and implement strategies that transform and expand the curation of research data at The University of Texas at Austin, with a particular focus on integrating and managing large, multi-component datasets for energy systems. The Fellow will work with residential electricity data from smart meters in Texas that will be integrated with other datasets, such as county property appraisal tax data, weather data, and other geographic information such as zoning and demographic. These combined datasets will then be available for researchers to analyze how electricity demand changes with meteorology, location, affluence, and home size. In addition to building, maintaining and preparing the datasets, the Fellow will include tools for making the dataset available for affiliated researchers. The Fellow will also conduct an original research, tool-building, or scholarly communication project supporting open science.

Responsibilities and related tasks include:

  • Develop and promote open science best practices and instruction that support the curation of energy research data, including the following areas:
    • Data citation and documentation;
    • Data sharing, accessibility, interoperability/exchange, and reuse;
    • Long-term data preservation.
  • Create portals for easy access and use of the data.
  • Experience with command line programming and scripting languages such as Perl, Python, etc.
  • Work with researchers on best practices for analyzing and visualizing the data.
  • Write scholarly articles about the data curation methods for these novel datasets.
  • Optional: give guest lecture(s) in new classes such as “Applied Engineering Data Analysis, Optimization, and Visualization” or similar offerings.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be legally permitted to work in the US between 2018 and 2020
  • Ph.D. received after January 1, 2013 and before June 1, 2018 in a scientific discipline
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research process and the life-cycle of research data.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and stakeholders effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong commitment to and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with diverse groups in a complex and changing research environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of data curation practice and theory
  • Knowledge of digital preservation theory and practice, including best practices and technologies for managing research data over time
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate technical concepts and requirements to diverse audiences.
  • Successful experience writing research grant proposals

The University of Texas at Austin is a bold, ambitious leader, ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country. UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty, working to change the world through groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques. Here, tradition and innovation provide students a robust collegiate experience. Austin, Texas, is recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and the university provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s researchers.