The Legal Data Lab in the Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks qualified applicants for the position of Research Data Scientist. The University of Virginia School of Law is consistently recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, and the Law Library is critical to its mission and culture. The Arthur J. Morris Law Library supports the Law School’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and publication.
The Legal Data Lab serves the ever-evolving empirical research needs of the Law School community and provides support across the entire lifecycle of empirical projects. The Lab is currently looking for a professional with expertise in the collection, cleaning, and organization of datasets (e.g., web scraping, data manipulation, etc.). This is a new position reporting to the Head of the Legal Data Lab. One of the Library’s highest priorities is to help students learn effective research skills, and to that end, the librarians have developed an ambitious instructional program that supports both in-class and individual point-of-need learning. As a vital member of the Lab, the Research Data Scientist will have a direct impact on strategy and planning for the Lab.
The Research Data Scientist will assist faculty and other library patrons with complex research initiatives requiring the collection, cleaning, and digital dissemination of legal and other data. Depending on experience, other duties may include assistance with statistical analyses and/or machine learning and natural language processing.
Extract, clean, and organize data from print and web-based sources for members of the Law School community.
Advise and collaborate with faculty and other Law School community members on empirical legal research projects.
Supervise one or more research assistants and/or collaborate with Law Library staff to advance research projects.
Advise scholars concerning new research tools and methods for making the empirical research process more efficient and effective.
Participate in the planning and direction of the Legal Data Lab.
Participate in the statistical and/or data science communities of the University of Virginia and the surrounding community.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree plus at least six years’ relevant experience or Master’s degree plus at least two years’ relevant experience.
Proficiency with Python and/or R programming languages. Familiarity with Stata is a plus.
Strong technical skills and problem-solving abilities related to data collection and cleaning.
Experience with data wrangling, such as merging, reshaping, or manipulating data using regular expressions.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and produce deliverables in a timely fashion.
Strong attention to detail and quality of work product.
Master’s degree in computer/information/data science or an applied social science field.
Demonstrated experience with machine learning and natural language processing and/or statistics.
Familiarity with distributed version-control systems (e.g., Git and GitHub).
Familiarity with legal information or a willingness to learn.
Familiarity with Unix and Unix-based systems. Comfort in using the command line.
Experience working with and supporting faculty across the lifecycle of empirical research projects (e.g., project design, data collection, analysis, dissemination).
The environment at the Law School is both active and supportive, with a strong sense of collegiality among students, faculty, and staff and a commitment to excellence and service.
The School of Law is located in Charlottesville, VA, a college town setting with natural beauty and significant historical relevance in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live with an extraordinary quality of life, often ranked among the best places to live in the United States.
Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs. Search for requisition R0035054. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application and attach the following:
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