Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Ethics and Research Openness

Posted to IASSIST on: 2022-03-04

Employer: Syracuse University

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Ethics and Research Openness
Location: Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $50,500 with standard benefit
FLSA Status: Exempt
Hours: As determined by supervisor
Job Type: Full-time
Rank: Post Doc
Campus: Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code: Not Applicable

Job Description:

The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR), hosted by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, invites applications for a two-year position, “Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Ethics and Research Openness”, to begin in or after June 2022.

QDR is an open repository dedicated to the curation, preservation, and publication of data generated through qualitative and multi-method research. Funded by the National Science Foundation, various private funders, and Syracuse University, QDR is active in many disciplines in the social, behavioral, health, and education sciences. It is one of a few social science domain repositories in the United States to be certified by CoreTrustSeal as a “trusted data repository.” QDR’s primary missions are encouraging and empowering individual scholars and research teams to share their qualitative data; building infrastructure to enhance the openness of qualitative research; and fomenting institutional change to advance the sharing of qualitative research data.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be fully integrated into the intellectual life of the repository. As a core part of the QDR team, the Postdoctoral Scholar will be invited to help envision, organize, and participate in workshops and other events related to QDR’s ongoing research projects; and to contribute to presentations on project activities in various professional venues. These activities will expand the Postdoctoral Scholar’s professional network and raise their profile in relevant fields. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be integrated into QDR’s ongoing fundraising activities, and will gain experience researching, preparing, and submitting initial and final grant proposals to a range of funders. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be invited to contribute to publications related to their activities as appropriate, bolstering their body of scholarly work. More generally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will support QDR’s multi-faceted sustainability initiatives and its emerging revenue streams relating to annotating and verifying research, working with sensitive research data, and teaching with data.

QDR has as strong track record of mentoring junior scholars and is committed to helping prepare the Postdoctoral Scholar for the next stage of their career. The Postdoctoral Scholar’s mentoring team will include QDR’s Director, Associate Director of Research, and Associate Director.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in information science, a social science, or another relevant discipline in hand by the time of appointment, or verifiable plans for completing all requirements for the degree by the month in which they begin the position. They should also have some knowledge of and experience with data ethics, human participant protection, and/or the use of data in research transparency, reproducibility, and pedagogy.

Job Specific Qualifications:

  • A strong background in information science and/or social science
  • A strong interest in qualitative data and research methods, open science, and research evaluation
  • A research program focused on data ethics, human participant protection, sensitive data, and/or the use of data in research transparency, reproducibility, and pedagogy
  • Proven record of securing grants/funding for research
  • Experience working productively as part of a diverse team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The Postdoctoral Scholar is required to be in residence at Syracuse University.


  • Engage in research on data ethics, human participant protection, sensitive data – 20%
  • Engage in research on transparency, reproducibility, and verification – 20%
  • Engage in research on teaching with data – 20%
  • Develop proposals and securing grants funding for related research — 10%
  • Contribute to developing research and strategic partnerships – 10%
  • Contribute to publications drawing on research – 10%
  • Engage in activities that support the general mission of QDR – 10%

Application Instructions:

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a research statement (under “other document”), a writing sample; and three letters of reference. Please email all inquiries to Colin Elman, Director, Qualitative Data Repository / Professor, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University (

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