Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Social Science
Twoyear full time position starting approximately August 2020

The Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at MIT and The Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries seek exceptional researchers with a focus on community leadership and impact on digital scholarship, data science, and data warehousing. As part of this effort the Energy Institute and MIT Libraries invite applications for the position of CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Energy Social Science.

This two‐year position is central to the shared goals of CEEPR and MIT Libraries to explore new techniques in data processing, data analysis, data sharing, data visualization, within an environment of equitable and open scholarship,

The fellow will contribute to the research endeavors of CEEPR, will help lead the development of CEEPR’s energy-data focused data warehousing system that will allow researchers at MIT and elsewhere to quickly access energy-related data for research purposes; help develop a platform that leverages this data warehousing system for data visualization; coordinate and deliver instruction on data visualization techniques for other researchers on campus; and engage in original research relevant to their area of expertise.

The position will also provide support and analysis for CREOS by researching the impacts of open sharing of energy data and standards for sharing energy data. The fellow will identify data warehouses and their characteristics identified as open, collect information about the impacts of open data on the field, and interview scholars about their attitudes and behaviors around data sharing and open scholarship in general. The fellow will also contribute to the practice and understanding of open data practices and apply them to the CEEPR energy-data focused data warehousing system.

This position co‐reports to Christopher Knittel, George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries.

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. The ideal candidate will have expertise related to data analysis, visualization or data curation, and a strong understanding of open scholarship. Successful candidates will also possess initiative and a vision of research and service that fits with CEEPR and MIT Libraries.


  • Co‐lead research in data warehousing and 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 CEEPR’s research programs through original research in areas such as data visualization, publication of visualization products in open access venues, warehousing of data, and digital literacies around data visualization. This may require seeking funding sources (both from traditional agencies and novel channels) to further expand original scholarship or software development.
  • Contribute to the CREOS evidence base about the impacts of discipline specific open scholarship and open data.
  • Participate in a culture of research across campus. The projects the Fellow will lead will illustrate
best practices in data visualization, data sharing, and curation of visualization outputs, providing leadership
through practice and instruction.
  • Coordinate and participate in educational events for the campus community, ranging from short
tutorials to multi‐day workshops.
  • Publish/share all original research outputs resulting from this fellowship in reputable open outlets (journals, repositories, platforms, etc.).
  • 20% effort/1 day a week is devoted to personal, original research that will be shared in accordance with MIT’s support for open access.
  • This role will devote approximately 60% effort with CEEPR, 20% effort with CREOS, and 20% effort on personal original research.

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
  • Experience in creating, developing or managing digital research outputs
  • Experience leading workshops in and engaging in instruction

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing grant proposals and white papers
  • 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: 72,000 per year.

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

How to Apply 
Applicants must register and apply through CLIR’s online application system. Applicants seeking more information specifically about this position can contact Christopher Knittel at

The Environment 
The Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research brings together research and teaching on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization. The goal of CEEPR is to provide objective policy-relevant research promote rigorous and objective empirical research on issues related to energy and environmental policy to support improved decision-making by government and industry.

CEEPR is a dynamic group made up of faculty, graduate students, research assistants, and staff. CEEPR is an Institute-wide research center that works with researchers across numerous departments.

The MIT Libraries are an engine for creating, sharing, and safeguarding knowledge at the Institute and beyond. The Libraries work to improve the world’s collective knowledge by equipping current and future scholars with the best content and the skills to use it, whether examining medieval manuscripts or flying drones to collect data. We make MIT research — from the LIGO detection of gravitational waves, to the design of humanoid robots, to advances in drug delivery — openly accessible to the world. Our new research initiative CREOS tackles the big challenges in scholarly communication, ranging from accessibility and inclusion in library systems to economic models for equitable and open scholarship.

Through this work, we are building a library of the future, reimagining and reinvigorating the use of libraries from simply quiet places to study into a global network of partnerships that can build “a more inclusive, equitable, trustworthy, and sustainable scholarly knowledge ecosystem.”

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly welcomes applications from qualified women and minority candidates. CEEPR and the Libraries seek professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The Institute prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Institute administered programs and activities.