[SIGCIS-Members] UCLA Post-Doctoral Research Position

Sharon Traweek traweek at history.ucla.edu
Sat Aug 10 09:39:09 PDT 2013

UCLA Post-Doctoral Research Position
One-year appointment beginning October, 2013, with possibility for renewal. 
Review of applications begins August 15; submission deadline is September 15.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join our research project:
The Transformation of Knowledge, Culture, and Practice in Data-Driven Science:
A Knowledge Infrastructures Perspective (2012-2015)
We are conducting interview, ethnographic, and document studies of scientific 
data practices such as data collection, analysis, management, sharing, and 
reuse at four distributed research projects in astronomy and earth sciences. 
Our project is funded by the Sloan Foundation Digital Information Technology 
Program http://www.sloan.org/program/28

The postdoctoral researcher will participate actively in the collaboration, 
including the design, conduct, and analysis of interviews, document analysis, 
ethnographic fieldwork, and writing for publication. The postdoctoral 
researcher will gain experience in collaborative research, research project 
organization, and digital data research practices. The project is based at the 
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and residence nearby is required 
for the duration of the postdoctoral research appointment. Some travel is 
required for research and conferences.

Required background includes
+ completion of the PhD; experience in interview, document analysis, or 
+ strong writing skills;
+ research experience studying astronomy, physical sciences, or earth sciences;
+ substantial knowledge of scholarly communication, practice and policy in 
data-driven research, Information Studies, or Science, Technology, and Society 

Preferred background includes
+ experience in writing for publication;
+ expertise in knowledge organization (metadata, ontologies, archival 
+ expertise in the physical or earth sciences.

Please submit a statement of interest that discusses your qualifications and 
interests with respect to the required and preferred background for the 
position. Your application should also include two scholarly writing samples 
(e.g., refereed journal articles or conference papers, dissertation chapters), 
curriculum vitae, and list of three references. Send these to Prof. Christine 
Borgman, PI, borgman at gseis.ucla.edu and to Prof. Sharon Traweek, Co-PI 
traweek at history.ucla.edu

The starting salary is $50,000 per year, plus benefits. Selected candidate may 
enroll in UC sponsored benefits or opt out. Official documentation for 
completion of the PhD is required (certificate of completion, transcript, or 
diploma). Work is to be done 12 months of the year, excluding university 
holidays; the postdoctoral researcher is entitled to 24 paid personal days and 
12 paid sick days per year.  For further information about postdoctoral 
appointments at UCLA: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/postdocs.html  Postdoctoral 
Researchers at UC are represented by UAW Local 5810. http://uaw5810.org/

More information about the investigators: Christine Borgman, Professor & 
Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
Sharon Traweek, UCLA Gender Studies & History Departments, with ties to 
students and faculty in the Anthropology & Information Studies Departments; 
member of the advisory boards for the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies 
and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Interviews will be conducted at UCLA, by video, and at conferences attended by 
the principal investigators prior to the time the position is filled.

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