The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries seeks applications for a 24-month postdoctoral fellowship to focus on creating a program of research support for the current and evolving geospatial research needs of faculty and students across disciplines. The Fellow will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to creating, locating, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
- Develop event programming and outreach initiatives across campus to support geospatial research as well as digital scholarship and research data services more generally.
- Design and teach workshops and/or courses incorporating geospatial data topics, including data cleaning and structuring, data access, data literacy, and data visualization as well as on specific programs such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other tools.
- Collaborate with subject librarians on creating tailored instruction and resources supporting user engagement with geospatial approaches and on responding to geospatially related data queries, including the proper citation of geospatial data.
- Investigate needs and collaborate to expand current geospatial data curation services.
As part of a highly collaborative team in the University Libraries’ Department of Open and Digital Scholarship and CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, this position plays a key role in the University’s educational mission by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and collaborating with Libraries colleagues to connect them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. The fellow will report to the director of the Department of Open and Digital Scholarship.
The Fellow will receive training, education, and professional development opportunities through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
- PhD completed after Jan. 1, 2014, and before beginning the fellowship (see CLIR’s eligibility requirements)
- Experience working with geospatial data for research
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a team environment
- Strong verbal and written communication abilities; excellent interpersonal skills
- Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience teaching
- Experience with geospatial analysis using GIS analysis software or programming languages, such as ArcGIS, QGIS, R, Python, etc.
- Familiarity with data visualization tools and techniques
- Familiarity with data management, data cleaning, and data description including geospatial metadata
The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position is in the range of $55,000-$65,000 plus benefits, depending on qualifications. Travel related to participation in the fellowship program will be paid by the University Libraries.
The fellowship is coordinated by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and application must be made through their program here: https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/. The application deadline is January 4, 2019. Our announcement is posted here: https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/university-of-colorado-boulder/. Questions regarding the position or CU Boulder Libraries can be directed to Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.
About the University and Libraries:
As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.
CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877—attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.
Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.
About Boulder, Colorado:
Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder’s cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.