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May 5, 2021


Data Science News

Summer Workshop Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
This summer, we're offering two opportunities exclusively for undergraduates to learn skills in computational analysis and automation. From June 7-14, we're offering Data Carpentry, which will introduce learners to best practices when using spreadsheets, cleaning data with OpenRefine, querying data with SQL, and manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data with R. From June 8-15, we're offering Software Carpentry, which will introduce students to automating tasks with the Unix shell, managing file versions with git and GitHub, and programming in Python.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

May 12-19, Social Sciences Data Carpentry Workshop
You'll learn best practices for using spreadsheets, cleaning data with OpenRefine, querying data with SQL, and using R for manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data, using a data set that would be used in social science research. Register here by May 10.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
May 3, How can adversarial training perform robust deep learning, Yuanzhi Li.

May 18, How to publish data in the EDI data repository
In this webinar we will highlight the benefits of data publishing and give an overview of the workflow of publishing data in the EDI Data Repository. Sign up here.

Student Opportunities

New course BMI 826/STAT 992: Semiparametric Methods in Data Science taught by Jiwei Zhao
This Fall 2021 course will introduce a systematic approach for parameter estimation as well as statistical inference in semiparametric models. In particular, we will introduce fascinating properties relevant to local efficiency and robustness of semiparametric estimators. We will also discuss how to incorporate machine learning methods into semiparametric models.

June workshops for undergraduate students: REU Data Carpentry (June 7-14) and REU Software Carpentry (June 8-15).

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

Data Science Facilitator, Data Science Hub
The Data Science Hub is seeking a facilitator to contribute to the Hub's outreach, engagement, and instructional initiatives. This position works with other research support staff across campus to provide data science resources and support to campus members, through presenting at and organizing conferences, creating resources, teaching foundational data science skills at workshops, and consulting one-on-one with students, faculty, and staff. Learn more and apply by May 7.

Evaluation & Data Management Specialist, FoodWIse

This position will provide leadership in implementing systems for the collection and analysis of programmatic and evaluation data and will maintain program databases for storing and monitoring data, as well as providing training and capacity-building efforts for statewide FoodWIse colleagues around evaluation, data management, and reporting. Learn more and apply by May 7.

Research Computing Facilitator, UW-Madison's Center for High Throughput Computing
This center is seeking a Research Computing Facilitator who will work with researchers on campus and across the country to find appropriate computationally-based solutions to problems impeding their research, expecting that many will leverage the world-class computing capabilities of CHTC and its partners, including the NSF Open Science Grid (OSG). Learn more and apply by May 31.

Off Campus

Postdoc and BS/MS level, part time or full-time, Michigan Geomicrobiology Lab
Includes projects involving the analysis and synthesis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data from microbiomes. One project is on integrating Great lakes omics and environmental data through development of a novel research database, in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. A second project is on the analysis of omics data from microbiomes of the human gut, in collaboration with Drs. Tom Schmidt, Pavan Reddy, et al.
Positions are available immediately but later start dates will be considered. Review of applications started April 29th. Learn more here.

The ideal candidate will provide excellent technical support and customer service, effectively deal with stressful situations, and meet firm deadlines. This individual must be able to work with other project managers and client stakeholders to define functional requirements, communicate complex issues effectively to all parties, work in a fast-paced environment on time-sensitive projects, and possess a great attitude. Learn more here.

This position will support the university research community with efforts that include the planning, coordination, design, implementation, and training of work in multiple areas regarding research software, applications, and data flow associated with research computing application functions. Learn more here.

Senior Engineer, Legalist
Legalist is now looking to add a Senior Engineer to their growing tech team. You'll work closely with other engineers to build and ship key features. You'll directly influence entire tech stack, from standards to frameworks to architecture. They're looking for people who will naturally take ownership of data products and who can bring a project all the way from fast prototype to production. Learn more here.

Software engineer, École normale supérieure (Paris)
The Valda team at Inria is hiring an engineer to work on the Dissemin platfom for a two-year position at École normale supérieure. Dissemin is a tool to detect research articles behind paywalls and to help their authors upload them in an open repository. Dissemin is an open-source project with various contributors, organized as a non-profit. Learn more here.

Digital Library Software Developer, Access and Discovery Team (3 positions), Stanford University
Stanford University Libraries is seeking three software developers to join a team supporting discovery, access, and delivery as part of its digital library, an internationally recognized technology program developing innovative solutions to advance teaching, learning and research at one of the world’s leading universities. We are a mission-driven organization that emphasizes open, collaborative work and community engagement within Stanford and with partner institutions around the world. Learn more here.
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