Postdoctoral Scholar in Open Source Information Science

at University of California, Santa Barbara (view profile)
Published July 2, 2024
Location Bldg, Davidson Library, 525 UCEN Rd, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Category Academic  
Job Type Temporary/Term-Limited  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements PhD in computer science, information science, sociology or a closely related discipline, at time of application.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $64,480
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $80,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary



Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480- $80,000, depending on experience.. A full UCSB postdoc benefits package is included.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Start date is negotiable but ideally August 1, 2024 or sometime after.
Position duration: The appointment is for two-years.


Open date: July 1, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Jul 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of Santa Barbara Library invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Open Source Information Science. The successful candidate will work within the Department of Research Data Services at the Library and in collaboration with campus faculty on a project focused on open source discovery and sustainability. The project leverages an interdisciplinary team of scientists, librarians and engineers across the University of California that are part of a recently funded UC OSPO Network via an award from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. This position will work with UC-wide working groups focused on open-source discovery and open source sustainability, and liaise with a third working group focused on open-source education and training. The position will also collaborate with a community manager based at UC Davis.As part of the research activities envisaged for this award the postdoc will:

  • Participate in network, working-group and campus meetings, including travel to the annual in-person network meeting.
  • Develop a community informed survey instrument for evaluating open source products, perceptions and practices within the UC community.
  • Coordinate across UC campuses the delivery of the survey and explore the potential for integration into periodic reporting.
  • Conduct survey data analysis, report and publication writing. Share research instruments and findings across UC campuses to facilitate local efforts to understand the open source landscapes.
  • Collaborate with the Discovery Working Group on contribution and verification of data from survey methodologies into UC ORB (Open Source Repository Browser)
  • Conduct research into UC open-source software citation: Research current status of open-source citation and collaborate on algorithms for extracting software citations. Conduct data analysis, report and publication writing.
  • Collaborate on the comparative evaluation of methods for assessing the status of open-source products.
  • Identify model pathways towards sustainability, including but not limited to technology transfer, fee-for-service models, open source community formation and maintenance, and archiving / containerization.
  • Support development of OS curation best practices and sustainability resources for system-wide implementation.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must hold a PhD in computer science, information science, sociology or a closely related discipline, at time of application.Applicant’s PhD must have been awarded within the last 5 years.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

2+ years of demonstrated experience in quantitative data analysis, preferably using R or Python2+ years of demonstrated experience with coding / algorithm development1+ years of experience / familiarity with open-source principles and practices

Preferred qualifications

Experience with Qualitative data analysisExperience with Survey methodologiesFamiliarity with Web scraping

Knowledge of open-access publication and citation frameworks


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)
References will be checked for the finalist.

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