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Call for Applications: BIDS Data Science Fellowships


 

Deadline: 1 April 2020

Successful applicants will be offered two-year appointments at BIDS beginning in the 2020 Fall Semester. Fellows will join a community of scholars and researchers with excellent credentials in their respective fields and significant successes in advancing data science and data-intensive research across the UC Berkeley campus and beyond. BIDS is offering four fellowships for this call.

BIDS takes a broad view of data science. We welcome applicants with varied research interests — including researchers in the humanities and the social sciences , the life and physical sciences, and statistics and computer science — who are interested in expanding the frontiers of discovery through robust cross-disciplinary collaborations. We especially welcome applicants who share the enduring commitment at BIDS to (1) developing and sustaining research software for data science and producing research results that are accurate, reliable, and reproducible and (2) understanding the ethical, legal and societal issues in scope of data science.

To be eligible to apply, you must have a doctoral or postdoctoral appointment in an academic department at UC Berkeley, LBNL or UCSF. Postdoctoral applications are welcome from all fields, while predoctoral applications are only welcome from the fields that have few or no postdoctoral fellowships, specifically, the humanities and social sciences. Your department appointment must be retained throughout the Program. In addition, you must be able to commit about half of your time on collaborative projects, activities, and events at BIDS that help build our cross-disciplinary community (see expectations section below). BIDS funds 50% of salary and benefits, as set by home departments, for those accepting offers to become Fellows.

Eligibility and Funding

To be eligible to apply, you must have a doctoral or postdoctoral appointment in an academic department at UC Berkeley, LBNL or UCSF. Postdoctoral applications are welcome from all fields, while predoctoral applications are only welcome from the fields that have few or no postdoctoral fellowships, specifically, the humanities and social sciences. Your department appointment must be retained throughout the Program. In addition, you must be able to commit about half of your time on collaborative projects, activities, and events at BIDS that help build our cross-disciplinary community (see expectations section below). BIDS funds 50% of salary and benefits, as set by home departments, for those accepting offers to become Fellows.

Applicants from all departments engaged in data-intensive research who meet the basic requirements will be considered.  Data-intensive research spans data generation and capture; data management; data selection and querying; data cleaning and parsing; exploratory data analysis (EDA); data analysis and modeling; data visualization and storytelling; data publishing; and data archiving.  Applicants with or seeking more experience with developing and sustaining research software for data science and producing research results that are accurate, reliable, and reproducible should find the Program compelling.
 
One of the fellowships is sponsored by the UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI), which is specifically interested in applicants who will be able to facilitate   collaborations in data and computational health sciences between UC Berkeley and UCSF.  This BIDS-BCHSI Date Science Fellow will be selected a) to pursue a specific project or topic that leverages the two campuses’ expertise; b) to serve as an ambassador helping to forge connections between faculty, students, and research labs; c) to identify and/or contribute to new programs, tools, or resources to foster greater collaboration between the two campuses. 

Questions may be addressed to bids@berkeley.edu with the subject line “BIDS Data Science Fellowship -2020 Call for Applications.”

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