The rOpenSci project based at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar to work on the research activities funded by the grant titled Fostering the next generation of sustainable software and reproducible research practices in the scientific community. The project (http://ropensci.org/) develops open source software to promote reproducible research practices in the scientific community. The postdoctoral scholar will focus on a research topic aligned with their own interests in order to better understand and improve scientific software practices. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Defining & evaluating sustainability for research software
Improving the development process that leads to new, sustainable, reusable, and impactful software
Developing recommendations for the support and maintenance of existing software:
engineering best practices, transparency, governance, business and sustainability
Building large and engaged user communities
Understanding and recommending policy changes to software credit, attribution, incentive, and reward; issues related to multiple organizations and multiple countries, such as intellectual property, licensing, and mechanisms and venues for publishing software, and the role of publishers
Improving education and training
Studying careers and profession institutional changes to support sustainable software such as promotion and tenure metrics, job categories and career paths
We expect the postdoc will disseminate their findings in the form of blog posts, technical reports, workshop and conference talks and papers, journal papers or software products, as appropriate for the work and the applicant's own career goals.
While experience in developing academic software may be helpful, many projects in the areas above need not require software development experience.
The candidate can expect to work closely with mentors from the rOpenSci project aligned with their interests, such as Dr. Karthik Ram and Dr. Carl Boettiger (UC Berkeley), Dr. Jenny Bryan (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Daniel S. Katz (University of Illinois), as well as other members from the rOpenSci and UC Berkeley communities. This position will be based at UC Berkeley, but arrangements for working remotely may be available.
This research is funded by the rOpenSci project through a grant from the Helmsely Trust. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, full-time (100%), renewable for another year based on adequate progress made in the first year. The position comes with a competitive postdoc salary plus benefits (see http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdoc-health-and-welfare-benefits), as well as a generous yearly allowance for computing equipment, conference travel, and other research expenses. Expected start date is November 2016. Please contact Dr. Karthik Ram with any informal questions about the position before applying.
Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent degree by their start date. At the time of application, the basic minimum qualification is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation. Applicants from natural or social sciences, computer science, statistics or related disciplines are all welcome.
Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
Candidates should have no more than three years of research experience since receipt of Ph.D. at start of appointment.
Demonstrated record of writing and publishing manuscripts and/or reports.
Demonstrated experience collaborating with other researchers.
Experience and/or knowledge of sustainable software and reproducible research.
Capacity for innovation and demonstrated ability to think outside of current paradigms.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience teaching and translating complex material/research to broad, non-technical audiences.
Familiarity with the Open Science Framework, version control with Git, dynamic documents in
R markdown, and other research transparency tools.
Specialization in causal inference in applied micro-econometrics, research design and program evaluation.
Ability to interact with individuals at all levels of an organization in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive and tactful.
To apply, submit the following items online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01132:
A cover letter, not more than two pages outlining your interest, intended direction and relevant experience.
A CV listing education and degrees, including expected date of doctoral degree if not yet completed and a full list of publications.
A sample of recent research work in the form of a reprint of a peer-reviewed journal article or a manuscript in preparation.
A statement outlining a research project to be undertaken during the appointment (1200 words or less).
Contact information for four references.
Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Letters of recommendation are not required at this time. If requested, all letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html).
rOpenSci is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.