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We are collecting more resources specifically for data science students at UD including research and internship opportunities, student funding opportunities, training opportunities, and a campus wide listing of data science related degree programs and courses.

Funded Research Opportunities

In addition to the funded positions listed below feel free to reach out to DSI Resident and Affiliated Faculty directly to discuss funding for graduate research.

Funded PhD and Postdoc positions in the Gao Lab in Geospatial Data Science and Human Dimensions of Global Change

The Gao Lab in Geospatial Data Science and Human Dimensions of Global Change at the University of Delaware invites applications for PhD and Postdoc positions. We are a growing interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Jing Gao currently consisting of four graduate students and two undergraduate interns. Our work spans three research directions as listed below. We look for self-motivated researchers in any of these directions or their intersections. The positions come with competitive funding packages and a wide range of collaboration opportunities within and beyond the university.

  • Spatiotemporal modeling of socioeconomic processes (e.g. mapping population characteristics)
  • Data-driven investigations of socio-environmental dynamics (e.g. interactions between climate change and global urbanization)
  • Machine learning tool development for geospatial data analytics (e.g. uncertainty quantification)

Ideal candidates have a solid background in quantitative and computational methods (e.g., spatial analysis and modeling, geo-computation, machine learning, statistics), excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong work ethics. Prior research experience in geography, earth system science, environmental science, or interdisciplinary teamwork are highly valued.

For PhD students, funding can take the form of research assistantship (RA), teaching assistantship (TA), or fellowship. Depending on research focus, students can be housed in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences (for PhD in Geography, or PhD in Climatology), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (for PhD in Environmental Engineering), or the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (for PhD in Computer Science). Co-advising is possible and often encouraged for multidisciplinary students. Applicants should indicate their interests to Dr. Jing Gao (jinggao@udel.edu) before applying, by emailing a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a short research statement connecting existing experiences and skillsets with future plans, which will be reviewed as they arrive. For starting in Fall 2021, priority consideration for admission and funding will be given to applications received by January 5, 2021, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview before January 12, 2021. Here are instructions on the formal application process. The different programs can have different requirements.

For postdoc fellows, the position is initially being recruited for one year with the possibility to extend pending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. The formal start date for 2021 is negotiable, while applicants should have received their PhD in related fields before formally starting. To apply, email Dr. Jing Gao (jinggao@udel.edu) a CV, a research plan, contact information for three references, and a cover letter highlighting demonstrated abilities for conducting and publishing the proposed work. Review will be done on a rolling basis, while the first round will take place on January 5, 2021, and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a virtual interview before January 12, 2021.

Internships/Fellowships 

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) would like to inform you of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program (AFP). Please review the attached flyer and spread the word as the deadline to apply is January 28, 2021 11:59pmEST .

This program provides opportunities for recent library/information science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project efforts at the NLM on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Apply today at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NIH-NLM-2020-0014

Internships and other opportunities from Zintellect administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Zintellect provides listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private sector organizations. These programs are administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Visitors to the site may view available opportunities by selecting the Opportunity Catalog.

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The Institute aims to accelerate research in data science, serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations across fields impacting our society.