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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Public Administration and Policy

Posting Number: req10561

Department: Udall Center

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Udall Center for Public Policy at the University of Arizona is in search of a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance are born of collaborations, discussions, and an analysis of existing nation-specific Indigenous data governance standards. They act as a vehicle for Indigenous nations to assert self-determination within one of the world's most valuable and fastest growing commodities. The CARE Principles rely on parties applying the Principles when collecting, storing, analyzing, and sharing data. With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, this project extends initial work with a data repository network (as described below) to implement the CARE Principles.
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The Candidate will be able to work in a virtual team environment to be able to engage with external parties. Familiarity with Indigenous Data Sovereignty, the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance, and Local Contexts. Experience working with a diverse group of institutions such as tribes, universities, and other governments. Awareness of data systems, ethics standards, policy, and governance structures.

The Native Nations Institute(NNI), a research and outreach unit of the Udall Center at the University of Arizona (UA) serves as a prominent and crucial self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the local community, across the country, and around the world. Current NNI initiatives are centered around the critical idea of Native nation building with research focusing on self-governance and how Indigenous nations can build systems that reflect their core values and realize their own political and economic objectives.

Founded in 1987, the Udall Center is an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Arizona. The Udall Center's primary mission is to facilitate, analyze, and provide evidence-based options for solutions to major policy issues through research, education, and public service. The Center specializes in issues related to environmental policy and Indigenous nations policy, bridging disciplines and connecting backgrounds to create a comprehensive understanding of the determinants, impacts, and further development of public policies.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Activities are:

1) Create tools and resources to facilitate implementation of the CARE Principles within repositories and collections. Tasks: a) Establish the Indigenous Data Repositories Consortium (IDRC); b) Develop guidelines for the Implementation of Local Contexts Notices and Labels for Data Repositories (see attached); c) Implement Local Contexts Cultural Institution, Traditional Knowledge, and Biocultural Notices in 20 US Data Repositories; d) Design templates for institutional policies; e) Include IDSov, ethics, definitions of Indigenous data and rights, and related topics in Data Repositories guidelines; f) Employ deposit agreements that normalize and require community consent, permissions, and protocols such as tribal agreements in 20 US Data Repositories guidelines. Tasks will be led by Carroll and Anderson, with the postdoctoral scholar completing the majority of the intellectual and practical work for resource development. Project staff will disseminate resources at relevant repository gatherings.

2) Develop and issue key indicators to assess and measure researcher and institutional implementation of the CARE Principles. Tasks: a) Use the experiences and outputs from activity one to inform the design of indicators to assess how repositories, researchers, and others are implementing the CARE Principles; b) Pilot indicators in IRDC and refine indicators; c) Issue indicators to assess researcher and institutional implementation of the CARE Principles. These tasks will be led by Carroll in collaboration with GIDA and in partnership with other external entities to develop indicators that cover the plethora of institutions and individuals operationalizing CARE. Anderson and the postdoctoral scholar will ensure the indicators resonate with repositories and facilitate a pilot of repository self evaluations using the CARE criteria.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in weekly meetings with Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance.
  • Host monthly calls with Indigenous Data Repositories Consortium.
  • Work with Indigenous Data Repositories Consortium members to develop guidelines for the Implementation of Local Contexts Notices and Labels for Data Repositories.
  • Maintain and extend Indigenous Data Repositories Consortium network.
  • Contribute to the development of templates and processes for institutional policies.
  • Design teaching curriculum.
  • Contribute to developing content for online learning platform.
  • Participate in UArizona Postdoctoral Affairs for training on: how to apply for a faculty position, career paths outside of academia, tips for negotiating salary and start-up funds, and how to plan an independent research agenda.
  • Attend regular training events in grantsmanship offered by the UArizona Research Development Office.
  • Draft reports and updates for NNI, UA, and the Henry Luce Foundation project updates, progress, and outputs.
  • Prepare manuscripts for and policy briefs.
  • Present project outcomes at professional conferences.
  • Develop a professional development plan and meet regular with mentors.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities, and manage research projects from start to publication.
  • Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills for peer-reviewed publications and for interactions with other researchers and the public.
  • Understanding of Native American histories, cultures, and Indigenous data sovereignty.
  • Understanding of data cycles and repositories.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in relevant field. The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

3-4 years related work experience.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $60,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Stephanie Carroll, Email & Phone:, 520-271-7377

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide professional, scholarly, or lay writing sample as the additional document with application materials.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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