RRAD Lab Postdoc, University of Maryland

By IS Lab August 27, 2021

Website University of Maryland

The Center for Archival Futures (CAFe) is a new center within the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, focused on human-centered approaches to creating and advancing the systems, processes, and institutions that enable the use of and care for digital objects and data over time. CAFe and its core research arm, the Recovering and Reusing Archival Data Lab (RRAD Lab), are seeking a postdoc for 2021-2022! The postdoc will conduct research and build capacity within our lab’s broader explorations of data curation and reuse.

Candidates with an interest or knowledge of archives, digital curation, scientific data curation, data use and reuse, cultural heritage information practices, qualitative data analysis, and/or statistical analysis are especially encouraged to apply. This fellowship will be treated as a research position, with an expectation of productive research activity that will result in publications, conference and symposium presentations, and intellectual exchange with UMD iSchool faculty. As part of RRAD lab and the wider CAFe, the postdoctoral fellow will work with faculty and students from across iSchool programs to conduct research related to archives, digital curation, and data recovery and reuse. The fellow will help to foster interdisciplinary exchange across the university and public discourse by initiating, facilitating, and participating in lab, CAFe, and wider UMD activities.

60% of the fellow’s workweek will be devoted to RRAD lab/CAFe research and related activities. 40% of the work week available for the fellow’s own individual research, which will ideally be research within the purview of CAFe: on archives and digital curation, data in communities, data lifecycles, and knowledge and data ecosystems and infrastructure. The postdoctoral fellow will closely interact with a team of students and iSchool faculty working on a range of data reuse research projects. This is a chance to engage in research that develops policies, strategies, and work plans to solve real-world archival challenges. To apply and to seek further information contact Katrina Fenlon at kfenlon@umd.edu.

To apply for this job email your details to kfenlon@umd.edu