Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Priority will be given to applications received by April 16, 2017.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The UW Information School (iSchool) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist for its Technology and Social Change (TASCHA) group. This position provides leadership to advance TASCHA's research around public libraries, information and communication technologies, and international development. Under the guidance and supervision of the Director, the Senior Research Scientist will be closely involved in and expected to lead existing research projects and develop new areas of investigation.
The iSchool is a community of diverse disciplines, professional fields, and areas of expertise engaged with the study of information and its use by people and organizations. We conduct rigorous research and create challenging learning environments that make a difference throughout the region, the state of Washington, the nation, and the world.
We are an open, ethical, highly engaged and collaborative community based on trust, transparency and mutual respect. We believe in the importance of quality of life, embracing diversity, making a difference and having fun.
A sustained engagement with global communities of practice allows our work to remain relevant and cutting-edge. We are dedicated to attracting and nurturing a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and we are committed to helping all members of our community to achieve their fullest potential.
In the iSchool there is an expectation that all faculty and staff will step up where they see an opportunity to apply their special expertise or talents, speak up when they identify opportunities or concerns, and lead by taking actions that exemplify the iSchool's core values. Leadership within the iSchool is expressed in diverse ways reflecting the variety of styles and cultures that are represented by our faculty and staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Contribute to setting strategic research direction and priorities in collaboration with Director and other principal and senior scientists and faculty in TASCHA.
Lead and collaborate on research projects assigned by the Director, including overseeing the work of other TASCHA and iSchool employees and students.
Contribute regularly to the research outputs of the Center.
Conduct both desk and field research, as appropriate to specific research tasks.
Prepare drafts and final reports of research projects for publication; disseminate research publications locally and internationally in a variety of formats.
Maintain an active digital media presence, exhibiting thought leadership on issues of concern to TASCHA.
Produce policy and practitioner impact through engagement with appropriate stakeholders.
Collaborate on project planning and project administration and assume responsibility for the administrative duties relating to the research activities undertaken.
Participate in an active communications and engagement strategy.
Identify venues to promote TASCHA to both the University community and external stakeholders.
Assist the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators for the Center.
Develop grant proposals, as agreed upon with the Director, in collaboration with other faculty and research staff and/or collaborators at other institutions.
Attend iSchool and University meetings, retreats and planning days as appropriate.
Participate in other iSchool community projects and activities as appropriate.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Full benefits, including medical and dental insurance and retirement plan.
Paid vacation and sick leave, as well as 10 paid holidays a year and one personal day.
Work for an exciting, cutting-edge school within the University of Washington.
PhD in Library and Information Science or related field.
Demonstrated record of scholarship.
Demonstrated experience with a range of qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methods.
Demonstrated experience or strong interest in conducting fieldwork in developing countries.
Demonstrated familiarity with public libraries, international development, and/or information and communication technologies.
Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.
Strong research promise.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Familiarity with public library related research and innovation.
Familiarity with technologies used in ICTD interventions.
Substantial research or living experience in a developing country.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
A satisfactory outcome of a reference check of previous employment.
A flexible schedule is required as critical deadlines must be met regardless of other conflicting deadlines.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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