[ESIP-all] RECRUITING for positions with the Research Data Alliance / U.S. (RDA / US) and the new RPI Center for a Digital Society (CDS)

Fox, Peter pfox at cs.rpi.edu
Wed Oct 31 16:11:07 EDT 2012

We are seeking outstanding, self-starting, strategic, reliable, and politically astute candidates for two positions in the Research Data Alliance  and the new Rensselaer Center for a Digital Society (CDS) (URLs from the RPI HR website below and position attachments from the RPI website attached).  Both positions will report to Dr. Fran Berman (http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~bermaf/).  The positions are currently for the term of the RDA / US grant but should persist past three years as we build the funding base for RDA / US and CDS.  Applicants should apply through the Rensselaer HR website at https://rpijobs.rpi.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1351685579863.  More background on RDA and CDS is below.
The Positions:
RDA / US Operations Director:  https://rpijobs.rpi.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1351685579863.  The Operations Director of the RDA / US will work as part of an international team to facilitate component groups of the Research Data Alliance, including its leadership Council, Working Groups, Interest Groups, Technical Expertise Group, and Secretariat.  In addition, the Operations Director will work with the RDA / US Chair to build U.S. participation and engagement in the Research Data Alliance and the U.S. research data community more broadly.  The Operations Director  will serve as the primary U.S. contact for the RDA Secretariat and will also collaborate in developing plans and programs for Rensselaer’s Center for a Digital Society. Strong candidates for this position should be pro-active, strategic, culturally and politically aware, have a broad perspective, and have experience with complex organizations.
RDA / US Administrative Coordinator: https://rpijobs.rpi.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1351685579863  The RDA / US Administrative Coordinator will work as part of the Research Data Alliance / US and Center for a Digital Society team as an external interface, and will provide an administrative foundation for both entities.  The Administrative Coordinator will maintain complex schedules, interface with international partners, coordinate day-to-day operations of the RDA / US Chair and Operations Director, and oversee the administrative structure of RDA / US and CDS.  Strong candidates for this position should be pro-active, strategic, culturally and politically aware, reliable, and have a customer service orientation.
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an emerging international organization whose goal is to accelerate data-driven innovation.  (See rd-alliance.org). With the rise of “Big Data” as a national and international priority, the sharing and exchange of open access research data has become more important than ever.  Efforts to develop and adopt common tools and infrastructure, harmonize data standards, and apply policy and best practice are needed to remove “roadblocks” to increased data-driven research and discovery.  The need for these efforts has motivated an international community to come together to form the RDA as an organization that accelerates the development of global data infrastructure to support innovation.  RDA / US is the U.S. community helping to drive the Research Data Alliance.  Dr. Francine Berman is Chair of RDA / U.S. and has also been appointed a member of the founding leadership Council of the RDA.
The Center for a Digital Society (CDS) is a new Rensselaer Center that focuses on holistic efforts and structures needed to drive innovation in the digital world.  Relevant structures include data cyberinfrastructure, research data community efforts,  data economics and policy efforts, data management, stewardship, and preservation environments, etc.   All are needed to complement technological advances and facilitate the sharing, exchange, use, re-use, discoverability, stewardship and preservation of research data in a digital world.  CDS is directed by Dr. Fran Berman and will host RDA / US and other sponsored funding. CDS is being launched as an affiliated “sub-center” within the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI, RPI’s “supercomputer center”) and will collaborate closely with CCNI through joint events and activities, and jointly developed proposals.   

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