Job: University of Miami Libraries – CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation

The job posting below is from the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group email list.

University of Miami Libraries (UML), together with partners in Information Technology, Office of Research, and Center for Computational Science (CCS), seek a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with us in the development of data curation services and operations for the University of Miami’s schools and colleges.  The Fellow will assist in building awareness of and educating our research communities in current best practices in data preservation and management planning, including documentation and metadata standards. The Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation will make a significant contribution toward the development of data management services through a range of activities including:

  • participate in an environmental scan of research data management needs across the University’s schools and colleges;
  • work with relevant staff across units in the development of a data management service focusing mainly on building data resources such as a registry;
  • share research experience and expertise with the Libraries’ Education and Outreach department; and
  • work collaboratively with UM staff to develop outreach and training strategies for faculty and administrators.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation will report jointly to the Dean of Libraries and the Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovations/Program Director for the CCS Data Mining Program. The Fellow will work with staff in the Library’s Education and Outreach, Metadata, and Digital Production units as well as with personnel in allied units across the University of Miami campuses (the Center for Computational Sciences, Information Technology and research personnel in the schools and colleges).  All partners in this fellowship program will offer experiences to build professional development in data curation. Funding will also be provided for specific training or conference attendance.

  • Ph.D. in a scientific, information, or social science discipline that has included use of quantitative and/or quantitative methods of analysis
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting data
  • Self-motivated with the ability to set and attain goals effectively and the flexibility to adapt to change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Expertise with GIS
  • Work with large datasets
  • Knowledge /experience with data mining tools
  • A good understanding of data management
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, including XML

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, 24-month, academic professional position with a salary of $60,000 plus excellent benefits.
Applications: Interested candidates should see the following website for application details;the application deadline is December 27, 2013.
Environment: The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is a privately supported, non-sectarian institution located in Coral Gables, Florida on a 260-acre subtropical campus with operations at four additional campus locations throughout the greater Miami region. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (
The Libraries: The University of Miami Libraries ( rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3.4 million volumes, 87,000 current serials, and over 75,521 E-journal titles, and 630,756 electronic books. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the heart of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Rosenstiel Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The campus also has independent medical and law libraries. They provide support and services for approximately 10,590 undergraduates, 5,582 graduate students, and 10,000 full and part time faculty and staff. The Libraries have a staff of 37 Librarians and 86 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, CNI, DLF, NERL, OCLC Research Library Partnership, DPN, APTrust, and Lyrasis.
Center for Computational Science: CCS at the University of Miami focuses on computational science research in five areas: physical science, biology and bioinformatics, chemistry, data mining, and visualization. The state-of-the-art data center is located on the UM Miller School of Medicine campus in a hurricane-hardened garage and chiller plant. The data center features symmetric multiprocessing units and other sophisticated hardware linking multiple computers and performing trillions of calculations per second, giving investigators the computing power they need to conduct research on a grand scale rather than in small clusters. In addition to the data center, the Center for Computational Science maintains offices on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campuses. CCS is directed by Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas, an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics.