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Postdoc position in NIH Project “Modeling the Scientific Workforce”

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University in a 4-year NIH-funded project on “Modeling the Scientific Workforce” in collaboration with James P. Crutchfield, University of California Davis.

The project will develop monitoring, modeling, and forecasting approaches and tools for fostering an innovative science and technology workforce. Large-scale datasets of scholarly activity will be analyzed and modeled to capture the structure and dynamics of the U.S. workforce. We are particularly interested to model individual and team ‘diversity’ as a main predictor of innovation and the spontaneous emergence of communities of innovation. The most predictive computational models that best address science policy maker needs will be made available as a custom tool to support development and management of interventions and training programs, to guide the collection and analysis of data necessary for program design and management, and to communicate general trends to relevant stakeholders.

The project is part of a larger workforce analysis and modeling effort involving teams from the Pacific National Lab, Population Reference Bureau, George Washington University, MIT, Ohio State, University of New Mexico, and Batelle Center.

Postdocs might come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds but are expected to have a strong background in statistics, science of science studies, network science, and/or complex systems. They must have expertise in model design, implementation, and validation and be interested to work with large data sets and across disciplinary boundaries. The positions will be filled starting December 15, 2013, or as agreed. Compensation will be competitive.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, links to relevant publications, and two letters of reference (or email addresses of two senior academics willing to provide references) to [log in to unmask] by November 30, 2013. Use subject header ‘POSTDOC APPLICATION: *firstname lastname*’.

Indiana University is the scholarly home of more than 60 network science faculty members ( working in more than 17 departments and on many joint projects. IU’s advanced central IT infrastructure provides easy access to extensive compute power and scalable storage. The weekly talk series on Networks and Complex Systems ( brings external scholars to the beautiful Bloomington campus and supports the cross-fertilization of research.

Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center,
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit, 

ILS, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
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