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University of California, Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Data Visualization and Curation

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CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Data Visualization and Curation—University of California, Berkeley
Two-year full time position starting approximately August 2018

The Energy Institute at Haas and the University Library at the University of California, Berkeley seek exceptional researchers with a focus on leadership and impact on digital scholarship, data visualization and data curation. As part of this effort the Energy Institute and Library invite applications for the position of CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow.

This two-year position is central to the shared goal of the Energy Institute and Library to explore new techniques in data visualization, storytelling with data and creation of original and innovative scholarship in support of energy research and other forms of data-intensive science across the university. The fellow will contribute to the research endeavors of the Energy Institute, will help lead the development of innovative data visualization and storytelling techniques around data; study policy and practical issues around the publishing of data visualizations for sensitive data; coordinate and deliver instruction on data visualization techniques; engage in data curation for visualization tools and products; and engage in original research relevant to their area of expertise.

This position co-reports to Catherine Wolfram, Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas as well as Erik Mitchell the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services at the University Library.

The ideal candidate brings a trans-disciplinary view and has the ability to work across research disciplines to identify and communicate compelling stories around data. Expertise in data analysis, data visualization and data management techniques are critical qualities of successful applicants.

Within a focus on the creation and curation of data visualization outputs, the Fellow should set an example of research, scholarship, learning, outreach and community engagement. In addition to pursuing their own original research, the Fellow will work with Haas Energy Institute and University Library leadership to identify and pursue new avenues of support for data visualization and data curation and publishing around data visualizations. The ideal candidate will have expertise related to data analysis, visualization or data curation. Successful candidates will possess initiative and a vision of research and service that fits with the Energy Institute and Library missions. As part of this fellowship the incumbent will work with the California Energy Commission to explore new techniques in data visualization and storytelling with data and the creation of original and innovative data intensive analysis in multiple areas.


  • Co-lead research in data visualization and related areas of scholarship. This may involve original research, outreach and program coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and community members.
  • Grow the Energy Institute research unit’s programs through original research in areas such as data visualization, publication of visualization products, curation of visualized products and digitalliteracies around data visualization. This may require seeking funding sources (both from traditional agencies and novel channels) to further expand original scholarship or software development.
  • Participate in a culture of research across campus. The projects the Fellow will lead will illustrate best practices in data visualization and curation of visualization outputs, providing leadership through practice and instruction.
  • Collaborate with the Energy Institute, Library, Digital Humanities, BIDS, UC and UC Library communities as well as the California Energy Commission in both short-term projects and in longer- term efforts that may require joint funding with partners.
  • Coordinate and participate in educational events for the campus community, ranging from short tutorials to multi-day workshops.
  • Participate in annual retreat activities and contribute to sponsor reports.

Minimum/Basic Qualification at time of application:

PhD with a strong data visualization, energy research methods and/or computational background, regardless of specific discipline.

Additional Required Qualifications by start date of position:

  • Familiarity with research methods in digital scholarship communities
  • Having experience in creating, developing or managing digital research outputs
  • Experience leading workshops in and engaging in instruction

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Track record of interdisciplinary collaboration with domain scientists from varied domains beyond the original training discipline of the candidate
  • Experience in a scientific programming language

All applicants must meet the minimum CLIR eligibility criteria posted at:

Salary Range: Salary Commensurate with Experience

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

The Environment
The Energy Institute at Haas (EI@Haas) brings together research and teaching on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization. The goal of EI@Haas is to bridge the gap between economic and scientific energy research and the marketplace.

Specifically, EI@ Haas:

1) Trains the business and policy leaders of tomorrow to understand the market, policy, and technological challenges of the energy institutes.

2) Strives to ensure that energy and environmental policy is based on sound economic and business principles, backed by rigorous empirical evidence and the frontiers of economic research. More rigorous analysis is more important than ever to develop effective policies to foster efficient markets and address climate change.

3) Works with researchers and entrepreneurs to commercialize promising energy technologies, being mindful of the unique scientific and policy issues they will confront.

EI@Haas is a dynamic group made up of faculty, graduate students, research assistants, and staff. EI@Haas is part of the Haas School of Business and is located adjacent to the College of Natural Resources in Giannini Hall.

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premiere public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually-rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,500 undergraduate students, 10,400 graduate students, and 2,200 faculty.

The Library comprises 24 campus libraries—including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. The library is a leader in scholarly communications, with programs supporting open access publishing, data management and licensing that fit within the portfolio of the Director of Scholarly Resources and Initiatives. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections and resources budget of over $17 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Through cooperative collection agreements and creative partnerships with other research libraries and foreign countries, the Library continues to explore new roles and approaches for academic research libraries. The Library has approximately 420 FTE employees. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), HathiTrust, and Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST). Berkeley actively partners with the California Digital Library (CDL) and the other nine UC campus libraries, and manages the system-wide Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) at the nearby Berkeley Global Campus. UC Berkeley library has multiple active collaborations within UC Berkeley including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), Digital Humanities at Berkeley, and Research IT.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see:

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