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DataONE Graduate Research Assistant

The Center for Information and Communication Studies has an opening for a Graduate Research Assistantship working on the DataONE ( project, starting August 1, 2013.  Funding for this position is available for one year, with subsequent renewal possible depending on funding.  A full-time position for Summer 2013 (preceding the GRA appointment) is possible, depending on mutual interest. 

The selected student will be involved in a) systems management for the joint UTK/ORNL coordinating node for the DataONE project, b) the deployment of the DataONE software stack to support operations for this coordinating node, and c) other software deployment and development projects as needed to support the overall goals of the DataONE project.

Required skills and experience

  • Linux systems administration experience, with Ubuntu experience particularly preferred, and experience administering Internet-facing systems particularly preferred.
  • A solid understanding of TCP/IP computer networking, as evidenced by projects or activities outside of coursework.
  • Software development experience, preferably involving Python and/or Java, with evidence of development in projects outside of coursework.
  • Demonstrated reliability and attention to detail.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience which demonstrates self-motivation, the ability to learn

Desired skills and experience (applicants are not expected to have experience in all of these areas, but should highlight their relevant experience in the cover letter and resume):

  • Experience working with virtualization software, such as VMWare or KVM (VMWare preferred), or cloud computing infrastructure such as Amazon EC2.
  • Experience working on an open source software development project.
  • Experience working on a distributed project, with multiple participants in other locations across multiple time zones.
  • Experience with Apache Lucene and Apache SOLR.
  • Experience with management of scientific data and/or tools for working with scientific data, such as R, Matlab, Kepler, Taverna, VizTrails, or similar.
  • Experience with, or evidence of interest in, the areas of Earth and ecological sciences.
  • Experience with high performance computing.

This position is for 20 hours/week and is open to current graduate students in any discipline at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and to students admitted for Fall 2013.  The position carries a stipend of $20,000 and tuition remission for up to 9 credits. 

To apply, send a cover letter and current resume or CV to Bruce Wilson (  Applications will be reviewed beginning February 28, 2013.  Applicants should state in the cover letter whether they are available and interested in Summer 2013 employment.