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NCEAS Data Fellow (Junior Specialist)

Position overview

Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 9/1/21 or as soon as possible thereafter
Position duration: One year

Application Window

Open date: July 29th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis invites applications for a temporary Data Fellow (Junior Specialist) position to engage in data science projects focused on social science disciplines and issues at the Arctic Data Center. These projects may span all elements of Arctic Data Center activities from community building, training, engagement and outreach, data management, usability, and synthesis research, depending on the interests and experience of the Fellow. In all cases, projects will be in support of Arctic social science data and/or the Arctic social science community. The Fellow will work closely with Community Outreach leads, Project Data Coordinators and team members to identify and scope project activities. He/she will collaborate with team members and with researchers from the community in support of project goals. A list of example activities demonstrating the breadth and scope of work undertaken by previous Data Fellows can be found at:

As a Fellowship focused explicitly on social science disciplinary issues, we are interested in supporting projects that build upon existing social science data and/or further engage the social science research community in the work of the Arctic Data Center. Example project opportunities include (but are not limited to):

Arctic social science synthesis research
Opportunity for fellow identified research activity that leverages social science data available within publicly accessible repositories, analysed with the support to the Arctic Data Center team

Evaluation of Social Science researcher perspectives and practices around data sharing and reuse
This work would support the current social science working group in development, implementation and analysis of a survey

Analysis of impact of open data reuse on social science disciplines
In conjunction with a social science working group, examine the reuse of open data within different social science disciplines, and estimate the impact on those disciplines. For example, one might contrast the impact of reuse of large survey datasets like the US Census and the American Community Survey with available small community well-being surveys from individual projects or communities.

Analysis of current social science data available through public repositories
Work in support of the current social science working group to provide independent data on evidence of data sharing across social sciences. Includes cross reference of funder awards database against available data and evaluation of funder policies

Community informed development of a social science data portal
Collaboration with the Arctic Data Center team on the development of a data portal(s) supporting the social science community. Includes outreach and communication, focus group conversations and usability assessment to understand and meet the needs of the social science research community

Data management training materials in support of social science research
In collaboration with the training team, develop education modules addressing topics of specific interest to the social science research community for integration into the NCEAS Learning Hub / Arctic training catalog.

Social science representation on
Create resource pages that collates relevant information for social science researchers and directly addresses questions that are high priority for social science data.

This is a one year, full-time position located in Santa Barbara. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in social sciences, natural sciences, computer science, or a related field at the time of application

Preferred qualifications

    Familiarity with social science research and/or data science

    Experience in data management and/or analysis

    Experience or comfort with training others

    Advanced degree or partial completion of advanced degree (e.g., M.S., MLIS)

    Interest in developing open data science approaches to advancing social science research

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Cover Letter including: a description of your experience with social science research or data; a brief statement addressing philosophy and past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service; and a statement indicating which example research activity aligns most closely with your interests and expertise.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Please provide the names and complete contact information for 3 references. The department will conduct a reference check for the finalist before extending an offer

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Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

1021 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101