Postdoc position in NIH Project “Modeling the Scientific Workforce”

Katy Borner katy at INDIANA.EDU
Tue Aug 2 15:36:54 EDT 2011

*Postdoc position in NIH Project “Modeling the Scientific Workforce”*

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Cyberinfrastructure for 
Network Science Center ( at Indiana University in a 
4-year NIH-funded project on “Modeling the Scientific Workforce” in 
collaboration with James P. Crutchfield, University of California Davis.

The project will develop monitoring, modeling, and forecasting 
approaches and tools for fostering an innovative science and technology 
workforce. Large-scale datasets of scholarly activity will be analyzed 
and modeled to capture the structure and dynamics of the U.S. workforce. 
We are particularly interested to model individual and team ‘diversity’ 
as a main predictor of innovation and the spontaneous emergence of 
communities of innovation. The most predictive computational models that 
best address science policy maker needs will be made available as a 
custom tool to support development and management of interventions and 
training programs, to guide the collection and analysis of data 
necessary for program design and management, and to communicate general 
trends to relevant stakeholders.

The project is part of a larger workforce analysis and modeling effort 
involving teams from the Pacific National Lab, Population Reference 
Bureau, George Washington University, MIT, Ohio State, University of New 
Mexico, and Batelle Center.

Postdocs might come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds but are 
expected to have a strong background in science of science studies, 
network science, and/or complex systems. They must have expertise in 
model design, implementation, and validation and be interested to work 
with large data sets and across disciplinary boundaries.  The positions 
will be filled starting September 1, 2011, or as agreed. Compensation 
will be competitive.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, links to relevant 
publications, and two letters of reference (or email addresses of two 
senior academics willing to provide references) to katy at 
<mailto:katy at> by *August 20, 2011.  Use subject header 
‘POSTDOC APPLICATION:  *firstname lastname*’.*

Indiana University is the scholarly home of more than 50 network science 
faculty members ( working at more than 15 
departments and on many joint projects, e.g., the VIVO National 
Researcher Network ( or the Network Workbench project 
(  IU’s advanced central IT infrastructure 
provides easy access to extensive compute power and scalable storage. 
The weekly talk series on Networks and Complex Systems 
( brings external scholars to the 
beautiful Bloomington campus and supports the cross-fertilization of 

Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center,
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit,

School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Phone: (812) 855-3256  Fax: -6166

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