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The eScience Institute has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 4.
The mission of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington is to engage researchers across disciplines in developing and applying advanced computational methods and tools to real world problems. With funding granted by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2013, we have been significantly advancing our mission.
We are seeking to enhance our impact in computational social sciences, made possible due to additional funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Though the eScience research staff includes researchers from many fields, including physical, mathematical and biological sciences, the Research Scientist 4 will expand the footprint of our engagement in the social sciences. This position is part of an ongoing collaboration between the eScience Institute and the Gates Foundation, and expands the research that we can do through this collaboration. The position also relates closely to two other initiatives on campus: the inter-departmental Urban@UW initiative and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative.
This position will collaborate with colleagues who are both researchers at UW (professors, other professional staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students) and users (domain experts within .gov and NGO stakeholders). Because this effort is both a research project and a technology and training delivery project, its requirements can change rapidly. The successful candidate will need to adapt to different roles and responsibilities as requirements change, and act as a key point of contact for the project across different organizational units.
In collaboration with Gates Foundation grantees in the Pacific Northwest, conduct research focused on questions of education and equity in the region.
Manage collaborations with Gates Foundation grantees in the Pacific Northwest; establish a computational research agenda and data sharing agreements.
Organize and conduct workshops and training events for Gates Foundation grantees in the Pacific Northwest in data science techniques and technologies.
Train and mentor students in the social sciences on the application of data-driven methodologies in their fields of research.
Contribute, as part of a team, to significant data science software projects using appropriate technologies in large-scale data management, and/or machine learning and statistics, and/or interactive visualization and specialized data presentation interfaces.
Work to release software and results open source, help ensure scientific reproducibility of all results, and contribute to a culture of reproducibility across campus.
Review and evaluate potential projects for technical merit and feasibility.
Meet with potential collaborators to clarify goals, identify collaboration opportunities and recommend solutions.
Advance long-term collaborations with established partners through joint research engagements.
May publish results in appropriate venues, often jointly with collaborators outside the candidate's own area of expertise.
Participate in Institute sponsor reporting and annual retreat activities.
Prepare and deliver presentations on significant results, both internally and externally, representing the eScience Institute as well as specific projects.
Develop web materials communicating significant results, best practices and case studies with specific technologies, and documentation for significant software.
Help advance a reputation outside of UW for excellence in data science methods and practice, contributing to the Institute's overall portfolio of successful projects.
Master's degree in life, physical, or social sciences; computer science; statistics or applied math; or related area; OR equivalent experience.
Four years of experience in application of data science techniques and technologies.
Demonstrated experience communicating results through writing and presentations, both in and out of one's own discipline.
Demonstrated experience in application of data science techniques and technologies (machine learning, statistics, databases, large-scale data systems, visualization) in social science contexts.
Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals.
Demonstrated experience interacting with stakeholders from different sectors (government and non-profit) on projects related to public policy.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Doctoral degree in the life, physical, or social sciences; computer science; statistics or applied math; or related area; OR equivalent experience
Experience writing data analysis software in an open source software (e.g., Python or R) and experience collaboratively developing open source software for data analysis projects.
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