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Data Science Graduate Student Research Assistantship

Application due Friday, July 7th, by 5:00 P.M.

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC is seeking applications for a graduate student research assistant for the 2017-18 academic year in the area of data science. This program is part of the Institute’s collaboration with the Data@Carolina initiative and is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the UNC Graduate College.

The stipend will be paid by the Institute and will be equal to the student’s normal departmental stipend or $16,700 – whichever amount is greater. The student will receive the stipend in lieu of their normal TA or RA departmental assignment. Tuition and insurance will be covered as is normal.

There is no specific requirement regarding the content of the application, and we encourage creative applications. We define data science broadly. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: 1) methodological research on identifying, collecting, and/or analyzing diverse types of data, 2) applications of data science tools/methods to substantive topics, or 3) data sharing, research transparency, or other aspects of open science. We plan to select a student whose own research and professional development will benefit from working with members of the Odum Institute staff. This could include collaboration on research, publications, grant proposals, and presenting data science workshops relevant to the selected student’s research interests and skills.

Eligibility: This program is open to graduate students in good standing pursuing a PhD within any department that is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Strong preference will be given to students working in the social and behavioral sciences.
How to Apply: Applications should include: 1) a cover letter describing the student’s research interests and relevant skills (limited to two pages, single-spaced, 12-point font), 2) the student’s CV, and 3) a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor. Materials should be emailed to Tom Carsey ( with the subject line “Odum Data Science RA Application.” Applications must be received by Friday, July 7 by 5:00 P.M. A decision will be made shortly thereafter. Questions about the program should be directed to Tom Carsey.

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