Postdoc in OSS Sustainability

October 15, 2020: The Computer Science and Communication departments at the University of California Davis have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the NSF. This is for a 2-year research position at the intersection of computational social science, software engineering, and organizational governance.

The goal of the project is to study paths to sustainability that open source software projects can follow based on the experience of projects that have already become sustainable. The PIs, Prof. Vladimir Filkov and Prof. Seth Frey, are experts in software engineering data analysis, computational social science, and institutional analysis. In this project we are putting those backgrounds together to develop an infrastructure for understanding the paths to sustainability. Specifically, our goal is to gather development traces and governance/rules data from existing projects and build analytic tools to inform projects of how to improve their chances to be independent and sustainable. More information is available at The postdoc will be working in the Computer Science Department at UC Davis and will report to Prof. Filkov, but will be co-advised by both PIs.

A successful candidate will have strong background in programming and data science, and experience in machine learning and NLP. Other qualifications include interdisciplinary interests, a PhD in a computational field, and a strong track record of peer reviewed publications. The postdoctoral candidate will have an opportunity to learn techniques for the gathering, organization, and analysis of both structured and unstructured data, e.g. data from ASF Incubator and Linux Foundation projects.

To apply send a cover letter, CV, and names of 2-3 references to and Applications received by November 10 will be given full consideration. Women, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.