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Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Ethics and Research Openness

The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR,, hosted by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, invites applications for a two-year position, “Postdoctoral Scholar in Data Ethics and Research Openness”, to begin on or after March 1, 2022.

QDR is a social science domain repository dedicated to the curation, preservation, and publication of data generated through qualitative and multi-method research. Funded by the National Science Foundation, various private funders, and Syracuse University, QDR is active in many disciplines in the social, behavioral, health, and education sciences. Certified by CoreTrustSeal as a “trusted data repository,” QDR’s primary missions are encouraging and empowering individual scholars and research teams to share their qualitative data; building infrastructure to enhance the openness of qualitative research; and fomenting institutional change to advance the sharing of qualitative research data.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be fully integrated into the intellectual life of the repository and the QDR team. They will be invited to help envision, organize, and participate in events related to QDR’s ongoing research projects; to contribute to presentations on project activities in various professional venues; to contribute to researching, preparing, and submitting grant proposals to a range of funders; and, to contribute to publications related to their activities as appropriate. The incumbent will support QDR’s multi-faceted sustainability initiatives and its emerging revenue streams relating to annotating and verifying research, working with sensitive research data, and teaching with data. Working with QDR should expand the Postdoctoral Scholar’s professional network, raise their profile in relevant fields, expand their skill set, and bolster their body of scholarly work.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in information science, a social science, or another relevant discipline in hand by the time of appointment, or verifiable plans for completing all requirements for the degree by the month in which they begin the position. They should also have some knowledge of, and experience with, data ethics, human participant protection, and/or the use of data in research transparency, reproducibility, and pedagogy.

In addition, strong candidates for the position will have:

·      A strong background in information science and/or social science

·      A strong interest in qualitative data and research methods, open science, and research evaluation

·      A research program focused on data ethics, human participant protection, sensitive data, and/or the use of data in research transparency, reproducibility, and pedagogy

·      Proven record of securing grants/funding for research

·      Experience working productively as part of a diverse team in a fast-paced environment

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills


The starting annual base salary for the position is $50,500.  The Postdoctoral Scholar will receive a standard benefits package.

Location of Employment: The Postdoctoral Scholar is required to be in residence at Syracuse University.

Application Instructions:

In addition to completing an online application at, please attach a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a research statement (under “other document section), a writing sample; and three letters of reference. Please email all inquiries to Colin Elman, Director, Qualitative Data Repository / Professor, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University (

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