Postdoctoral Scholar - Software Sustainability

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Software Sustainability

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Information School invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position. The postdoc will support a research grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in coordination with the US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI). URSSI’s mission is to improve the recognition, development, and use, of software for a more sustainable research enterprise:


The postdoc will work with URSSI to investigate the development and maintenance of research software in order to better understand what factors influence research software sustainability; describe current models of sustainability planning and suggest potential new models that could increase the likelihood of achieving long-term software sustainability; and develop new methods to evaluate research software sustainability.


The successful candidate will be able to either conduct quantitative research by gathering data from online sources, conducting statistical analysis, and developing explanatory models of research software sustainably; OR, has demonstrated expertise using mixed-methods including survey design and analysis, as well as interviews.


The position is located in the iSchool at the University of Washington under the supervision of Assistant Professor Nic Weber, but will collaborate broadly with other URSSI postdocs, staff, and researchers. The position can begin as early as January 2023, and offer an initial one-year term with the possibility for a second-year renewal.


Located in Seattle, the position also offers opportunities for engagement with scholars and industry leaders in the area. In addition to URSSI research, the postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with affiliated iSchool faculty groups pursuing related research projects.


Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


The base salary for this Postdoctoral Scholar position will be $5,458 – $6,250 per month ($65,500 – $75,000 per 12-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


  • Applicants must have a PhD or foreign equivalent by date of appointment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  •  An ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, including demonstrated success in working with research software communities, and knowledge of research software.



Candidates should prepare

  • A brief cover letter describing your interest in this position (1 page)

  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including names and contact information of three references

  • Two published papers, or equivalent writing samples that demonstrate expertise and fit for the position

  • A brief research statement that outlines your research achievements to date, and how this position relates to your research goals. 

  • A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and Github profile (if applicable).

Applications will be accepted until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should contact Nic Weber at 

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

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