Postdoctoral Associate--Tools for Rigorous and Reproducible Research

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE-TOOLS FOR RIGOROUS AND REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH, MIT Libraries-Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) , to conduct original research in the areas of open and equitable scholarship under the guidance of the principal investigators Rebecca Saxe and Chris Bourg and in partnership with additional faculty mentors, research scientists, and fellow postdocs. Will collaborate on developing and teaching a new course, "Tools for Rigorous and Reproducible Research”, which covers challenges to scientific rigor and integrity from experimenter degrees of freedom, dark data, biased publication processes, perverse incentives at hiring and promotion, and obstacles to equity and justice.  Will spend the first year conducting research and an environmental scan of research, tools, and practices in support of course development; and the second on developing more focused research questions and sharing the research findings.  Will have an opportunity to contribute to CREOS’ established research questions and develop research ideas in the areas of open and equitable research, specifically, the barriers, impacts, and/or economic models therein. 


Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D./equivalent terminal degree in psychology/cognitive science/neuroscience/information science/related field; experience conducting and disseminating research in an academic environment; experience in and commitment to teaching; understanding of the complex and changing landscape of scholarship and scholarly communications; ability to identify significant and relevant research questions; familiarity with multiple research methodologies; ability to work on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects in a dynamic, team-oriented environment; effective presentation and written and verbal communication skills; ​experience preparing, creating, and presenting published work; and commitment to promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  PREFERRED: research background in scholarly communications, the science of science, studies of knowledge and knowledge production, and/or information sciences; and experience testing hypotheses using qualitative and quantitative data.  Job #19374
This is a two-year appointment.
reposted 5/7/21


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