NJ Edge Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Edge is excited to offer a GradFUTURES fellow the opportunity to learn and grow in the area of big data research and education.  The fellow will primarily concentrate efforts on  Edge' strategic focus on  supporting research collaboration across the Edge membership  and will be provided with opportunities to learn and grow in understanding the role of the non-profit organization in enabling research and research collaborations.  The fellow will partner closely with Edge' Associate Vice President for Research on projects supporting Edge's research collaboration and big data research goals. 

Project Overview

  • Research and data compilation of research and education collaborations and resource sharing activities underway between NJ R1/R2 institutions and smaller, less resourced institutions, including the community colleges. Include facts and figures (e.g. number of collaborations, types of collaborations). Identify challenges, opportunities, as well as benefits for participating researchers and institutions.
  • Assist in developing best practices and data stories related to existing research collaborations across NJ
  • Participate in regional and national working group meetings  and events related to big data and research computing 
  • Assist with planning events for the Advanced CI and NJ big data research community 
  • Assist in developing Edge advocacy tools related to EdgeDiscovery, such as one-pagers, whitepapers, and other advocacy materials. 
  • Monitor state and federal agency funding opportunities and activities in support of cyberinfrastructure, research collaboration, and CI and big data workforce development for issues of impact to the New Jersey economy.
  • Gather background materials and draft articles, blogs, op-eds, and other communications in support of the big data research and education needs of higher education, with specific emphasis on humanities and social science. 

Skills Overview

  • Interest in learning more about the non-profit's  sector work in promoting research collaborations and advancing discovery
  • Interest in researching and developing strategies to address issues related to research computing needs of the smaller, less-resourced institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI's).
  • Written communications skills with both internal and external audiences. 
  • Knowledge of social media platforms used by Edge (Twittter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). 
  • Ability to independently project manage while participating remotely. 
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Analytic skills
  • Data Visualization Skills 

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NJEdge.Net, Inc., hereafter referred to as “Edge” is a non-profit technology services provider and member-informed consortium for the nation's leading education, research and healthcare organizations. Edge is dedicated to providing the individuals and organizations we serve with the access, expertise and organizational capacity necessary to achieve their strategic goals and objectives with our technology products and services offerings. 

As a regional research and education provider, Edge serves the higher education, healthcare, government, not-for-profits, and K-12 domains. The over 106 organizations we serve include thousands of constituents who benefit from Edge products, services, and digital and print communication media. Through our 47 member organizations and 56 industry partnerships, our reach extends beyond the region resulting in millions of beneficiaries of Edge services and communications across the nation and internationally.

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