Available Positions Open at Tetherless World Constellation

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The Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks applications for various positions in the conduct of research projects in Semantic Web technologies and in the areas of Web Science, Data Science, Xinformatics, and Semantic eScience, focusing on the World Wide Web and its future use.

(For more information on the Tetherless World Constellation see the main page)

Currently Available Positions

Immediate opening for Geo-Informatics Postdoc who will work directly with Professor Fox at RPI.

 

Post Doctoral Fellow

Participating in one or more of these projects: Deep Carbon Observatory Data Science - https://tw.rpi.edu/web/project/DCO-DS, Deep Time Data Infrastructure - https://tw.rpi.edu/web/project/DTDI, and ENabling Knowledge Integration - http://enki-portal.org

Immediate opening for an NSF DataONE Postdoc who will work directly with Professor McGuinness at RPI.

Post Doctoral Fellow

– Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) www.dataone.org

DataONE is recruiting a post-doctoral associate with semantics expertise to work with the Data Semantics and Integration focus area within the core cyberinfrastructure working group within the DataONE program. The postdoctoral immediate supervisor will be Professor Deborah McGuinness and the position will be located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in Troy NY. This is a full-time appointment until the end of the current grant period, July 31, 2016. Applications will be accepted starting immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE; http://dataone.org) is poised to be the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, DataONE will ensure the preservation and access to multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data. DataONE seeks to transcend domain boundaries, making biological data available from genome to ecosystem and making environmental data available from atmospheric, ecological, hydrological, and other earth science sources. This broad disciplinary focus brings many challenges in the description, publication, discovery, and integration of datasets across multiple disciplines.

The post-doctoral researcher will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from across the country in designing and implementing semantic technologies within the DataONE Cyberinfrastructure. Semantic technologies include a broad range of standards, methods, and tools that will enable DataONE to sustainably achieve its objectives for seamless publication, discovery, and integration of Earth observational data, thereby enabling a broader range of data-driven science and the kinds of cross-disciplinary science necessary for addressing today’s emerging science problems.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work as an integral member of the DataONE Data Semantics and Integration Focus area within the Core Cyberinfrastructure Working Group to develop and refine driving use cases; research, design, and complete targeted prototyping and implementation of a new semantic measurement search capability; evaluate relevant standards, tools, and technologies; participate in the development of a roadmap for research and implementation of semantic technologies within the DataONE cyberinfrastructure; and facilitate collaboration with other relevant research projects and efforts.

Required Qualifications: PhD completed or near completion in Computer Science, Information Science, Earth/Environmental Science, or equivalent. Interest in semantic approaches to semantic search, data discovery and integration and be interested in data applications in the earth/geosciences domain. Demonstrated excellent communication skills through a record of publication and public presentation and a strong interest in advancing the scientific endeavor through facilitating better access to and integration of scientific data. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in professional development training opportunities and seminars. The successful candidate will also be expected to travel several times per year to Working Group meetings and for presentation of DataONE work at professional conferences.

Preferred Qualifications: Interest in and experience with earth or environmental sciences and the types of data used within these disciplines.

The post-doc will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Deborah McGuinness (RPI). The focus area is co-chaired by Dr. Mark Schildhauer (NCEAS), who will also have co-supervisory responsibility. The working group is co-directed by Matt Jones (UCSB) and Dave Vieglais (Kansas) and the overall DataONE project is led by Dr. William Michener (UNM). Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement of interest in this position, and a list 3 references and their contact information to Jacky Carley - carlej@cs.rpi.edu (Administrative Assistant to Dr. Deborah McGuinness), 105 8th Street, Room 2008 Winslow Building, Troy, NY 12180.

 For more information about DataONE , please see: http://www.dataone.org/ 

For more information about the Tetherless World Constellation please see http://tw.rpi.edu/ and for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, please visit http://www.rpi.edu






Research Scientist

The Research Scientist will be expected to lead advanced research in one of the following fields: Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Data Science, Informatics, Web Science. The Research Scientist is also responsible for providing technical expertise to facilitate the design, implementation and analysis of procedures, techniques, and results. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Science or Physical Science (preference for specific topics: Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Data Science, Informatics, Web Science) or closely related field, as well as three (3) or more years (post‐degree) of related experience, including in depth experience in use case development and implementation, ontology development, and application experience with evaluation studies. To be considered at the Research Scientist level, candidates are expected to possess recognition as an authority in the application of computer and information science technologies. Candidates with experience in Semantic eScience applications are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants must visit this site, and complete an on‐line application, with cover letter, CV, and three (3) references for job number 20090330. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological institute in the English speaking world, is a private, research university in Troy, New York. Rensselaer is currently undergoing unprecedented growth in both faculty and research activities. Rensselaer employees are rewarded through a competitive compensation package, an exceptional benefits plan, professional growth and development, and a technologically advanced work environment.





Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will perform advanced research in one of the following fields: Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Data Science, Informatics, Web Science. The incumbent is expected to develop and maintains technical expertise required to perform original research through self‐direction and as part of a research team, and tailors research efforts to the needs of the supporting groups and research projects from academic institutions, industry and/or government. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Computer Science; Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Web Science, Information Science; Data Science, Informatics, or a closely related field.

Qualified applicants must visit this site, and complete an on‐line application, with cover letter, CV, and three (3) references for job number 20090330. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological institute in the English speaking world, is a private, research university in Troy, New York. Rensselaer is currently undergoing unprecedented growth in both faculty and research activities. Rensselaer employees are rewarded through a competitive compensation package, an exceptional benefits plan, professional growth and development, and a technologically advanced work
environment.





Graduate Students

We are always interested in top graduate students, with a particular emphasis on those with a background in Semantic Web, Web Science, eScience, or scientific informatics. We are particularly interested in students who have work experience beyond just their undergraduate coursework and/or who have been involved in Web research or business activities. Students may apply for PhDs in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Earth and Environmental Science, or Multidisciplinary science. Information on applying to RPI can be found on the campus website for graduate admissions. (Students interested in eScience or science informatics using semantic technologies may wish to contact the Tetherless World Constellation faculty directly with respect to admissions criteria and policies. Visiting student positions are also a possibility in some circumstances.)





Undergraduate Research

The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) is setting up an undergraduate research laboratory for RPI students interested in doing work in the topics above and especially in exploring the connection between the Tetherless World Constellation and EMPAC. Mechanisms for research activities include independent studies, part time positions (URPs), and summer positions. Interested students should contact the appropriate TWC faculty member for their interest areas.





Internships

From time to time, TWC has opportunities for undergraduate students to visit as interns. Graduate students will be considered on a case by case status. We accept applications in the form of a cover letter stating interests, period of the proposed internship and resume to one of the TWC professors. Applications are considered in batches and are primarily available for summer. For 2012, applications will be considered until April 15. Unfortunately, internships will not be considered for credit during the summer period.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer