University of Vermont-Google

Open-Source Complex Ecosystems And Networks (OCEAN)


About


The Google Open-Source Programs Office, a division of Google that manages Google’s use and release of open source software and promotes open source programming, has provided the University of Vermont (UVM) Complex Systems Center a $1 million unrestricted gift to support open source research.

Open source is about more than the software—it’s a framework that defines how software is created, released, shared, and distributed, as well as the community that is formed around it.

The goal of the UVM project is to deepen understanding of how people, teams and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings, especially in open-source projects and communities. The Google award will establish a collaboration between the Google Open Source team and UVM to begin building a community-oriented body of research focused on understanding how open source platforms are used and what makes technology-rich environments thrive.

The University of Vermont Complex Systems team has identified the initial research projects that will be conducted with the award. They include:

-How people, teams, and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings.
-Trade-offs between organizational structure and the spread of ideas and information.
-Investigating how scientists and software developers use computational and collaborative tools and platforms.
-Understanding what conditions allow individuals and communities to succeed in open source software and open science.


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Open Positions



  • Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Fellowships

    The University of Vermont-Google Open-Source Complex Ecosystems And Networks (OCEAN) Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Fellowships at the University of Vermont's Complex Systems Center offer two early-career scientists a unique experience to tackle open questions related to organizational and team performance. Funded by Google Open Source, this fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to work alongside an international network of leading academic researchers and industry partners. The project will deepen understanding about how people, teams, and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings, especially in open-source projects and communities.

    Come to beautiful Burlington, Vermont and work in a highly collaborative, fun, and dynamic research environment. The Vermont Complex Systems Center is a post-disciplinary team of faculty, researchers, and students working on real-world, data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds.

    Initial research projects that will be conducted by this fellowship include:
    -How people, teams, and organizations thrive in technology-rich settings.
    -Trade-offs between organizational structure and the spread of ideas and information.
    -Investigating how scientists and software developers use computational and collaborative tools and platforms.
    -Understanding what conditions allow individuals and communities to succeed in open source software and open science.

    Lead PIs:

    James Bagrow, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Vermont
    Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Vermont

    We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning January 27, 2020 until February 20, 2020 or the positions are filled.

    Benefits
    This 2-year fellowship comes with a competitive salary, discretionary funds, travel funds, and a generous benefits package. The expected start date is negotiable; the preferred start date is Summer of Fall 2020.

    Eligibility Requirements
    - A Ph.D. or Master’s Degree (or expected Ph.D./Master’s) in a relevant field (e.g., Mathematics, Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Computational Biology, Data Science, etc.).
    - Exemplary knowledge of data analysis, network science, mathematical modeling, and the ability to use and learn new computational tools.
    - Ability to work independently and lead a research project from the ground-up
    - Intellectual curiosity and interest in working in a highly-collaborative complex systems science environment

    The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law. Applicants are welcome from any region, and there are no associated citizenship requirements.

    Application Requirements
    -Curriculum vitae
    -Online Application Form
    -List of References

    For additional information, please contact juniper.lovato@uvm.edu



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OCEAN Principal Investigators

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James Bagrow - Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM

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Laurent Hébert-Dufresne - Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM



OCEAN Senior Personnel

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Juniper Lovato
Program Director
Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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Josh Bongard - Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM

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Peter Sheridan Dodds - Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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Chris Danforth - Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM

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Nick Cheney - Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM