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November 4, 2020

Our second annual Data Science Research Bazaar is happening throughout February 2021, on February 3, 4, 10, 17, & 24, focusing on the theme "Data Science for the Social Good." The Data Science Research Bazaar will be a virtual opportunity for researchers and data scientists from various disciplines and industries will have opportunities to share their work, collaborate, and discuss their data science interests. Proposals are due by November 25.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Nov. 11 & 25, Webpages with Jekyll (same content both days)
Dec. 9, Introduction to Docker
These are part of a series of half-day workshops held throughout the fall semester. Registration is open, and each workshop needs to be registered for separately. The full schedule is here.

Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register

Dec. 11, 14, 16, 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day | Register

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series
Nov. 4, Learning from Societal Data: Theory and Practice, Ramya Vinayak
To receive updates about attending these seminars on Zoom, subscribe to the SILO mailing list by sending a blank email to

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series
Nov. 11, 3 p.m., Hyperdimensional Computing with Applications, Tajana Šimunić | Register

Clinical Health Informatics Faculty Lectures, 4 p.m.
Nov. 10, Clinical Decision Support, Dr. Michael Semanik | Register
Dec. 10, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Mark Craven | Register

On December 4, Open Life Science is hosting two Virtual Ally Skills training sessions to give interested participants the chance to learn about different types of privilege you may have, using your societal advantages to support others in your workplace and communities, and practice handling realistic scenarios you could encounter in small groups and a safe space.
  • 1st time option: Dec. 4, 09:00 UTC - 12:00 UTC/3 a.m. CT - 6 a.m CT | Register
  • 2nd time option: Dec. 4, 17:00 UTC - 20:00 UTC/11 a.m. CT - 2 p.m. CT | Register

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

The Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) is hiring a policy and planning analyst to be responsible for the Data Digest, the legislated accountability report, selected Tableau visualizations, and would develop expertise in activities related to student and curricular data. Apply by November 12.

Off Campus

The Carpentries is hiring three new members to join their global organization with the mission of increasing digital and computational literacy among researchers:
  • The Director or Deputy Director of Partnerships will provide planning, vision, and implementation of the partnership program and represent the needs of partner organizations in planning and strategic development. Apply by November 11.
  • The Workshop Administrator will coordinate logistics and communications for all Carpentries workshops. Apply by November 11.
  • The Python/Django Developer will work on AMY, the Carpentries' web app to manage the data about their community members, member organizations, and workshops. Apply by November 15.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a Data Visualization Developer to develop and implement compelling, interactive web-based data visualizations, including maps, graphs, charts, and other novel visualization forms that use interactivity to communicate about eBird data, primarily eBird Status and Trends products, using Javascript and other appropriate tools to program interactive data visualizations as part of a production web environment, using team code repositories and open source libraries.

The Computational Biology & Gene Regulation group seeks a postdoctoral researcher with experience creating machine learning/deep learning models applied to high-throughput genomics data. This position is part of the recently funded project "Cis-regulatory signatures for improved identification and stratification of breast cancer subtypes." Apply by November 30.

The Library is seeking to award contracts to four researchers to experiment with solutions to problems that can only be explored at scale, with funding up to $77,500. To help the Library build a rich understanding of the research uses of large-scale computational access to library collections, the research may extend across formats including image, audio, web, video, text, and structured metadata. Each project should aim to have broad disciplinary and public impact and to make use of computational methods that require large-scale access to collections and computational power. Apply by 12:00 p.m. EST on November 30.

The NCSA Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation and the High Energy Physics Group invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher who will be mentored by an interdisciplinary team of researcher at the interface of physics, artificial intelligence, computer and information science, open science, and scientific software and data to lead the definition and implementation of findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) principles to artificial AI models and data in the context of high-energy physics. Apply by December 1.

Federation Bio seeks a bioinformatician for a 6-month contract position with the possibility of conversion to a FTE. The core responsibilities include analyzing metagenomic datasets generated from the sequencing of bacterial communities, using proprietary pipelines. The incumbent should be familiar with programming languages commonly used in bioinformatics, including R and Python.

The Environmental Data Initiative is accepting applications from research projects and field stations interested in hosting a fellow. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate, and recent postgraduate students. The fellows will gain hands-on experience in data preparation and publications with scientists and information managers. Apply by December 14.
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