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Postdoctoral Scholar in Data-driven Academic Institutional Effectiveness Research

Data Science Initiative
University of California, Davis

We're recruiting a postdoctoral scholar to join the [Data Science Initiative (DSI)][http://dsi.ucdavis.edu] at the University of California, Davis. A cross-university entity, the DSI promotes and facilitates data science and serves as a catalyst for a community of experts from varied domains to push the envelope of interdisciplinary research.  Researchers at the DSI combine and leverage existing knowledge to tackle complex problems, develop new tools, and further academic and research excellence.

The scholar will work with researchers and administrators at the DSI and across UC Davis to address novel questions relating to how different aspects of a university function and how they might be improved.  In collaboration with the DSI research team, the scholar will be encouraged to frame and pursue questions for the research in and beyond bibliometrics, altmetrics and scientometrics. Outcomes of this research are anticipated to impact decisions made within a broad array of institutions, from teaching and research to administration.

To accomplish that goal, the scholar will have unprecedented access to both local educational, research and administrative data along with Elsevier databases, services and tools. The wealth of data will make this project attractive to data scientists who want to work on rich, diverse application areas, institutional policy and effectiveness researchers who want to gain further expertise in cutting-edge analytics, statistics, machine learning and data visualization, and data-driven business/organization researchers interested in institutes of higher education. The successful scholar will be well poised for a career within or outside of academia. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline, experience in high-level programming, and skills in hands-on data analysis. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with excellent interpersonal communication and collaborative skills. Funding is available for up to 2 years.

For additional details and information on how to submit an online application, see Aggie Job Link, Job ID# 826126. Candidates applying by July 24, 2017, will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.