Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Data, University Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Published April 6, 2022
Location 1400 R Street, Lincoln, NB
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Applicants must have received a PhD before applying; if a PhD has not yet been received, all requirements for the degree (including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency US$60,000 minimum; salary will be consistent with salary for incoming assistant professors in the UNL Libraries and will take into consideration the fellow's experience and education. The fellow will be eligible for annual merit raises. All faculty in the UNL Libraries receive professional development funding of $1,500 per fiscal year, with the opportunity to request additional financial support. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides generous relocation support, including options that do not require new employees to pay expenses out of pocket. The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition remission for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises. Please refer to the University of Nebraska Benefits site for information.
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The University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a postdoctoral fellow in community data to advance data and digital curation projects and generate institutional knowledge and experience with differing requirements for data collection and stewardship necessary for working together with communities that have been subject to objectification, silences, and distortion in the historical record.  

As a primary part of this three-year appointment, the fellow will join the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project team, as the project expands its efforts to support descendant communities in telling more complete stories of Genoa through the development of a community knowledge program. As one component of their work on the Genoa project, the CLIR community data fellow will coordinate the project’s engagement with the National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive (NIBSDA), an initiative of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. The Genoa project is a partner of NIBSDA and contributes project data and other resources under advisement of the Genoa project’s Community Advisors Council. 

In addition to contributing to the Genoa project, the fellow will contribute to and help to shape additional community data projects in development in the Libraries and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an emphasis on projects that connect with UNL's Grand Challenges thematic areas. Across their efforts, the Fellow will explore, develop, and test frameworks for community data stewardship, including community (or “citizen”) science, Indigenous data sovereignty, data for justice, and digital repatriation, in order to contribute to conversations that can help libraries and cultural heritage organizations engage in responsible research and research support with the communities in which they are situated. 

Additionally, the fellow will engage in supported professional development to meet individual and project goals, and will have the opportunity to embed in and collaborate with established research teams working with community data curation and digital scholarship, including those in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH).  The fellow will be supported in the development of their research program with a minimum 20%  time allocation for research and research-related professional development.

The postdoctoral fellow will join the UNL Libraries at an exciting moment of change and renewal. We are now into the second year of our strategic plan, have recently created a number of internal leadership positions to grow talent from within, and we have an ambitious faculty hiring plan. The UNL Libraries intends to make one or more faculty hires in community data and related areas over the next several years, and a CLIR postdoc who meets eligibility requirements will be encouraged to apply. 

As a member of the Libraries’ new Research Partnerships department, the fellow will engage with the advanced information and data needs of UNL research communities in support of transformative research and knowledge mobilization. Along with others in the department, the fellow will have opportunities for collaboration across the Libraries, with colleagues in Archives & Special Collections, Digital Strategies, Teaching Partnerships, and more, as well as across the campus and broader communities.

The University Libraries creates and fosters inclusive environments for teaching, learning, scholarship, creative expression, and civic engagement. The ability to find, access, evaluate, utilize, and create reliable information resources is central to higher education, the public good, and achieving equity and justice. Libraries faculty are empowered to provide an array of library services, collections, and spaces to meet the diverse needs of the communities we work with and serve. The fellow will undertake their efforts with attention to how social and structural biases and inequalities are captured, encoded, and otherwise represented in data, as well as to how systemic biases and inequities are manifested throughout data pipelines, including in processing, analysis, evaluation and appraisal, distribution, and preservation. 


  • A PhD in a relevant area of scholarship (including but not limited to ethnic studies, American Studies, geography, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, humanities, literature, or history)
  • Research experience focused on or engaging historically underrepresented or misrepresented people, communities, and populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Familiarity and experience with digital scholarship tools and methods  
  • Proficiency, or familiarity with strong desire to gain proficiency, in one or more of the following:  
    • Quantitative or qualitative data analysis tools  
    • Text analysis  
    • Geospatial data and GIS  
    • Data visualization  
    • Understanding of issues in digital and data curation, including digital preservation, data privacy, and data ownership. 


About UNL and Lincoln, NE 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered by the Nebraska Legislature in 1869, is the campus of the University of Nebraska system that serves as both the land-grant and comprehensive public research university of the state of Nebraska. The university is listed in the Carnegie Classification system as a research university with very high research activity and is one of the nation's leading public teaching institutions. It is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the first higher education institution west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees and established the world’s first undergraduate psychology laboratory. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts led to the Prairie Schooner literary magazine, the University of Nebraska Press, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world’s most significant collections of twentieth-century American art. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to inclusive excellence and was one of the first institutions in the country to offer courses in the area now known as LGBTQ+ studies. 

Lincoln, NE is a vibrant city of almost 300,000 people. The city has more parkland per capita--including an extensive and well-maintained trail network--than both Austin and Portland, and more park area than most other U.S. cities. We are a recognized relocation community for refugees, and we have a flourishing business and technology sector. From the Lincoln airport, direct flights are available to Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Atlanta, and we are an hour’s drive from Omaha, Nebraska, whose metropolitan area includes more than one million people. Kansas City is a three-hour drive, and Denver a seven-hour drive. More information on Lincoln is available at  

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