Research Data Scientist
Job ID: R0028179 | Academic Discipline-Specific Technology Professional (ADSTP) | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia (UVA) Library seeks a Research Data Scientist to support researchers at all levels and across all disciplines engaged in data-intensive research by providing quantitative and computational support. The incumbent will advise and instruct students, faculty and staff on preparing data for analysis, implementing and interpreting statistical methods and machine learning models, visualizing and communicating about data, and incorporating research practices for open and reproducible science. The incumbent may also be called upon to provide guidance on technical data management issues, including acquisition, transfer and storage of data.

The Research Data Scientist will develop and provide educational opportunities to support researchers at all proficiency levels, assessing needs, coordinating learning opportunities and actively marketing content. This includes developing hands-on workshops on topics such as getting started with statistical software, implementing and interpreting statistical methods, creating effective data visualizations and deploying interactive web-based dashboards and visualizations. The incumbent will also contribute to online instructional content by writing tutorials and providing access to all workshop materials.

The position will be a member of the University Library's Research Data Services & Social, Natural, Engineering Sciences team providing data discovery and management services to support the full data lifecycle. The incumbent will collaborate with Library colleagues to stay abreast of current and anticipated data needs and to promote data skills throughout the Library. The Research Data Scientist will also partner with the Senior Research Data Scientist to work with multiple stakeholders across the institution and to contribute to data-related services via pan-university initiatives.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree and at least 4 years of related experience with data, data analysis and research.
  • Proficiency with one statistical or computational environment (e.g., R, SPSS, Stata, Python).
  • Experience with data wrangling, such as merging data, reshaping data or manipulating data via the use of regular expressions.
  • Experience performing statistical inference, such as linear models/regression, generalized linear models or mixed-effect/multilevel models.
  • Experience plotting and graphing data for exploratory and presentation purposes.
  • Knowledge of open and reproducible research practices.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to provide public service.
  • Competence in public speaking and providing instruction, both formal and informal, to varying audiences and skill levels.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and continuing to learn and evolve as a data scientist.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of one additional statistical or computational environment.
  • Experience with version control (e.g., Git and GitHub).
  • Knowledge of data technologies (e.g., Spark) and computational environments (e.g., AWS).
  • Experience delivering statistical research support in an academic environment.
  • Experience working with others in a team environment.

Salary offered will be commensurate with experience, starting at $72,000.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per university policy.

For questions about the application process, please contact Rhiannon O'Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter, rmo2r@virginia.edu



COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.


Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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