TASCHA is hiring!

Are you interested in creating transformation in public libraries? Do your ideas about how technology can be used for social change keep you up at night? Are you looking for an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of people on issues that will impact both the library and international development fields?

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School is expanding our team. We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist  who is passionate about research on public libraries, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and international development. The ideal candidate is curious, a risk-taker, thrives in a collaborative environment and working with open practices, and is committed to making a difference by advancing practice and policy, in addition to generating new knowledge.

As our new Senior Research Scientist, you’ll have the unique opportunity to contribute to an exciting and evolving research agenda about public libraries, ICTs, and international development. In addition to working on center-wide priorities, we look forward to your fresh ideas and research interests that you’ll be able to contribute and pursue.

If this is you, please apply here. And by all means, please share through your networks.

Job description:

Research leadership

  • Contribute to setting strategic research direction and priorities in collaboration with Director and other principal and senior scientists and faculty in TASCHA.
  • Lead and collaborate on research projects assigned by the Director, including overseeing the work of other TASCHA and iSchool employees and students.
  • Contribute regularly to the research outputs of the Center
  • Conduct both desk and field research, as appropriate to specific research tasks
  • Prepare drafts and final reports of research projects for publication; disseminate research publications locally and internationally in a variety of formats
  • Maintain an active digital media presence, exhibiting thought leadership on issues of concern to TASCHA
  • Produce policy and practitioner impact through engagement with appropriate stakeholders
  • Collaborate on project planning and project administration and assume responsibility for the administrative duties relating to the research activities undertaken
  • Participate in an active communications and engagement strategy.
  • Identify venues to promote TASCHA to both the University community and external stakeholders.

Research development

  • Assist the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators for the Center
  • Develop grant proposals, as agreed upon with the Director, in collaboration with other faculty and research staff and/or collaborators at other institutions


  • Attend iSchool and University meetings, retreats and planning days as appropriate.
  • Participate in other iSchool community projects and activities as appropriate

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Library and Information Science or related field
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship
  • Demonstrated experience with a range of qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methods
  • Demonstrated experience or strong interest in conducting field work in developing countries
  • Demonstrated familiarity with public libraries, international development, and/or information and communication technologies
  • Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations
  • Strong research promise

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with public library related research and innovation
  • Familiarity with technologies used in ICTD interventions
  • Substantial research or living experience in a developing country

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