Social Sciences Data Curator (Associate or Full Specialist) in the Library

at University of California, Santa Barbara (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted March 1, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities. In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

The UC Santa Barbara Library is responding to recent and exciting changes in scholarship that include the increasing use of digital data and computational methods; expanding and novel cross-disciplinary data reuse; new emphases on transparency and reproducibility; concern for preservation and long-term usability; and the rise of new forms of scholarly communication including data publication and open access publishing. The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic scholar to foster excellence in data curation.

Reporting to the Director of the Data Curation Program, the Social Sciences Data Curator is responsible for the planning and implementation of scholarly initiatives in support of data-intensive research and digital scholarship in the social sciences on campus with the goal of ensuring the high functionality, discoverability, and preservability of digital research data throughout its lifecycle. As part of a growing team of data curators, the candidate will make substantial contributions to his/her primary area of responsibility as well as collaborate with other team members in addressing curation of data from other disciplines.

The successful candidate will join a team of curators who will help re-envision the Library’s role within the research data lifecycle and who can respond to and support new research methods being used by researchers as well as lead the adoption of new methods. The Data Curation Program is also actively engaged with using, and informing development of, the digital asset platforms that are increasingly a core component of the toolset of the modern research university.  The initial appointment is at 100% time, for 1 year, with the position eligible for renewal.

In collaboration with data curators, social sciences subject librarians, and the staff of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (IRC), the Social Sciences Data Curator will create and implement the Library’s support plan for social sciences researchers. The candidate will:

•Provide data management consultations and referrals to campus data creators in support of the research mission of the university.
•Build and contribute expertise in information trends and research methods in social sciences and related disciplines.
•Be embedded into or otherwise participate in campus research projects.
•Outreach to faculty and assist with adoption of new data management and curation tools and services in support of faculty research within data science.
•Build and maintain online data management aids and other documentation.
•In coordination with the IRC, organize public events and lead trainings and workshops in the areas of social science data tool use, and data analysis, publication, management, and curation.

The Social Sciences Data Curator will contribute to local, regional, and national discussions and initiatives in data curation and digital scholarship, including the UCSB Digital Arts & Humanities Commons. Additionally, as a member of the greater University of California scholarly community, the candidate will participate in systemwide working groups and efforts, and work with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library to help develop and promulgate new systemwide services.

•At time of application, a PhD in a social science.

•Demonstrated experience managing, analyzing, and otherwise working with social science datasets using analytic tools and/or statistical software packages;
•Demonstrated understanding of the social science research process as demonstrated by academic or work experience;
•Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data curation in the social sciences, including privacy and de-identification, format migration, preservation, metadata, discovery, provenance, and data access (including open access);
•Demonstrated familiarity with one or more statistical data analysis platforms/tools, such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, MATLAB, R, Python, or Pandas;
•Demonstrated familiarity with relevant standards for research metadata, such as DDI and SDMX, and data management practices in social science research;
•Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and in implementing change;
•Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
•Excellent organizational skills, proven problem solving ability, and flexibility;
•Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

•Familiarity with qualitative methods and tools such as NVivo;
•Experience with data analysis and publication environments such as Jupyter and RStudio;
•Experience organizing public events and leading trainings and workshops;
•Experience working on projects that support data-intensive research and ensure high functionality, discoverability, and preservability of digital research;
•Familiarity with grant writing and data management requirements of federal agencies;
•Working knowledge of intellectual property issues (including Creative Commons licensing);
•Experience working in a university or library environment.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Appointees to the Specialist series at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic employees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

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