I’m recruiting PhD students to work with me at UMSI! Check out some of my research projects, and contact me if you’re interested.
- scientific data curation and digital collections
- metadata and data interoperability
- information organization, information modeling
- CSCW in research and LAM contexts.
Email me (email@example.com) if you want to chat about research opportunities!
I have 1-2 open positions for research assistants starting in January 2019 (or earlier if available). I am primarily recruiting for the Migrating Research Data Collections project, but may have work on other projects as experience/interest/time permits.
The Migrating Research Data Collection project is an IMLS-funded initiative developing investigating common practices in data and database migration. This year, we will be conducting semi-structured interviews with data and collections managers at 3 natural history museums to better understand how they have migrated and managed their digital data collections over their history. We will also begin drafting a set of best practices in migrating data collections, and an initial model of common “migration patterns” in data collection migration (AKA typical challenges/tasks, and strategies for surmounting those challenges/tasks).
Tasks of research assistants include:
● Scheduling and coordinating interviews with study participants
● Drafting interview protocols and conducting interviews
● Analyze and manage interview data
● attend lab meetings
● read and discuss relevant research literature
● help out with other research tasks, including proofreading, planning and conducting user studies, making videos.
As a research assistant you will work closely with Professor Thomer. You would commit ~10 hours a week at $14-18 per hour rate. You would spend about 1/2 of that time working independently, and the other 1/2 attending lab meetings or conducting research at various sites with Professor Thomer. There may be some travel to sites outside of U-M. Some experience with qualitative research and databases or digital curation is preferred. This project will provide you valuable experience conducting user studies and interviews and developing digital curation best practices; you will also have the opportunity to author and publish academic articles on your work.
To apply, send an email with your CV and a short cover letter directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be made by the end of December, though students are encouraged to apply ASAP, especially if they are interested in beginning work before Winter semester.