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Research Scientist

Georgia Institute of Technology / DataWorks

This Research Scientist I position is a 12-month appointment, renewable for up to three years. The primary responsibility of this position is to manage the day to day operations of DataWorks.

DataWorks ( is a novel work program and platform for engaged research. DataWorks hires young people (ages 18-30) from under-resourced communities and trains and employs them in entry-level data work. Through DataWorks we strive to enable diverse approaches to data science, support equitable labor practices, and develop just forms of engagement between universities and communities.

The Research Scientist will work with the data workers, leading projects to clean, format, and present data for clients.  Responsibilities include: managing a staff of 4 – 10 data workers, managing a diverse portfolio of projects, and developing training materials through project-based learning that engage workers in entry-level data science while meeting client goals.

Experience with data analytics, data science, or capacity and desire to quickly learn data wrangling skills is expected. For instance, we are currently working on projects that involve extracting data from pdfs, cleaning, categorizing, and sorting data in spreadsheets, creating simple visualizations using off-the-shelf tools, and formatting data for mapping and spatial analysis. It will be your responsibility to research and assess the tools and techniques necessary for these projects and develop training activities that enable the data workers to build technical and professional skills. It will also be your responsibility to manage projects, including setting and overseeing timelines, deliverables, and documentation.

The Research Scientist will also be part of the research team and will contribute to two phases of research. First, they will contribute to developing guidelines for diverse approaches to data literacy and data work, dervied from the DataWorks program. Second, they will contribute to transforming these guidelines into tools and processes that support diverse approaches to data literacy and data work in professional practice.

In addition to having experience with data analytics, data science, or capacity and desire to quickly learn data wrangling, we seek an individual who is comfortable working with people age 18 – 30 from low-income communities, and able to facilitate work with clients from civic organizations, non-profits, and industry. This individual is expected to have a Ph.D. or  3+ years of experience working in civic organizations, non-profits, or industry along with a master’s degree. Degrees should be in a related field to one or more project threads including data science, learning sciences, public policy, human-computer interaction, design, communication, or business.

It is crucial that you are interested in the mission of DataWorks.

If interested, please send a CV or resume and a cover letter to Dr. Betsy DiSalvo, at If appropriate please feel free to send along pointers to relevant projects or publications you have contributed too.

This position requires that you move to Atlanta, Georgia. Moving cost will be available, and there is some flexibility with dates due to the pandemic.  We seek to hire for this position in October 2020.

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