University of California, Berkeley

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow

Two-year position starting approximately August 2016

The University of California at Berkeley Library seeks exceptional researchers with a focus on leadership and impact in digital scholarship and data science. As part of this effort the library invites applications for the position of CLIR Postdoctoral fellow. This two-year position is central to UC Berkeley Library’s goal of supporting original scholarship and engaging in outreach in the areas of data science, digital research methods and software curation. Drawing on colleagues with expertise across UC Berkeley and the UC system this position is responsible for engaging in  original research around software curation and developing the service portfolio of the UC Berkeley library.

This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services at the University of California, Berkeley and is expected to work with digital scholarship communities including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) research unit, co-located within a University Library. The Fellow will be responsible for contributing to library services including outreach, program development and technical efforts related to digital and data-focused research as well as research data management.


  • Co-Lead research in software curation and related areas of scholarship. This may involve original research, outreach and program coordination with a wide range of stakeholders and community members.
  • Grow the Library and affiliated research unit’s programs through original research in areas such as software curation, research tool development, data curation or research data/tool literacy. This may require seeking funding sources (both from traditional agencies and novel channels) to further expand original scholarship or software development.
  • Participate in a culture of open and reproducible research across campus. The projects the Fellow will lead will illustrate best practices in this regard, providing leadership through practice and instruction.
  • Collaborate with the Library, Digital Humanities, BIDS, UC and UC Library communities in both short-term projects and in longer-term efforts that may require joint funding with partners.
  • Coordinate and participate in educational events for the campus community, ranging from short tutorials to multi-day workshops.
  • Participate in annual retreat activities and contribute to sponsor reports.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications at time of application: 

  • PhD or equivalent degree with a strong digital research methods and/or computational background, regardless of specific discipline.
Additional Required Qualifications by start date of position:
  • Familiarity with research methods in digital scholarship communities
  • Having experience in creating, developing or managing research software tools
  • Experience leading workshops in software curation, numerical/scientific computing, reproducible research, open scholarship and other related fields
Preferred Qualifications:
  •  Experience writing grant proposals
  • Track record of interdisciplinary collaboration with domain scientists from varied domains beyond the original training discipline of the candidate
  • Experience in a scientific programming language (e.g. Python or Julia)
Salary Range: Salary Commensurate with Experience.
The Environment:

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premiere public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually-rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,500 undergraduate students, 10,400 graduate students, and 2,200 faculty.

The Library comprises 24 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. The library is a leader in scholarly communications, with programs supporting open access publishing, data management and data licensing that fit within the portfolio of the Director of Scholarly Resources and  Initiatives. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections and resources budget of over $17 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Through cooperative collection agreements and creative partnerships with other research libraries and foreign countries, the Library continues to explore new roles and approaches for academic research libraries. The Library has approximately 420 FTE employees. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), HathiTrust, and Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST). Berkeley actively partners with the California Digital Library (CDL) and the other nine UC campus libraries, and manages the system-wide Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) at the nearby Berkeley Global Campus. UC Berkeley library has multiple active collaborations within UC Berkeley including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), Digital Humanities at Berkeley, and Research IT.

How to Apply:

Please employ the CLIR Postdoctoral application program to apply. Please note this includes submittal of three letters of reference. Applicants seeking more information specifically about the position at UC Berkeley can get in touch with Erik Mitchell, Associate University Librarian (

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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:

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