The UC Davis DataLab is seeking a Graduate Student Researcher with an interest in Data Science to manage the lab’s social media, web presence, and facilitate inter- and intra-communications as well as participate in DataLab collaborative research.  This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate student who is interested in understanding the broader social, cultural, and political ramifications of data driven science and who is also interested in developing technical skills as part of this exploration. Applicants do not need to be in a graduate program in the data sciences to apply but must have a strong interest and ability to engage with this domain. 

The DataLab Digital Communications GSR will be responsible for:

  • Participating in various collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects ongoing in the lab and communicating about those projects to a wider audience via the web, social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Slack, etc.), and our listservs. This will require the GSR to participate in and contribute to highly technical internal project discussions and then translate these discussions into accurate, less technical communications suitable for a wider, less-technical audience;
  • Identifying and monitoring various Data Science and Digital Humanities newsfeeds and publishing found items relevant to our community in the News and Events sections of the DataLab website (using the Pressforward WordPress plugin);
  • Mange content and create postings as directed on the DataLab website.

There will also be ample opportunity for the GSR to learn (or advance) technical skills by working directly on projects as desired.  Data Science is a broad field that encompasses a range of technical abilities and skillsets (analysis, web development, data management, etc.), and we will tailor this involvement to the specific learning goals of the selected GSR. 

The selected candidate must have strong writing skills and the ability to think critically about the application of computing technologies to a range of disciplines.  Previous computer programming experience is not a requirement for the position; however, candidates with programming experience will be given primary consideration. 

This is a one-year GSR appointment (expected work effort of 19 hours per week Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, and 40 hours per week during summer), for the 2020/21 academic year, with potential for renewal.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and Vita to Applications will be reviewed as they are received.