Git Research Assistant

New York, New York
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Created: March 8, 2019


The Division of Libraries at New York University seeks a graduate student to work on an innovative part-time project that seeks to investigate and archive the scholarly work hosted on Git hosting platforms. The project will explore how to more closely align the Git hosting platforms with the needs of academics. The results from this project will help inform the way code and annotations on Git hosting platforms move from a phase where they are highly active and collaborative, to a state where they are stable, permanently citable, and under active preservation from a professional. This is a one year fixed term grant funded position.


The Git Research Assistant will work with the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility to design and execute a gap analysis study to interrogate and specify scholarly additions to Git-based platforms, gathering requirements for making Git environments more in alignment for people and groups writing and sharing code in academia.

This main activities for the Git Research Assistant include:

  • Developing gap analysis protocols.
  • Identifying and contacting potential subjects to introduce and explain study objectives and protocol and arranging interviews, either in person or virtual.
  • Conducting and recording face-to-face and/or virtual interviews with subjects, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures and documentation standards.
  • Preparing articles, reports and presentations (with co-authorship)

At the Division of Libraries, we are proud of our organizational culture and we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more about our values, see

About New York University Libraries

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating with and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participate in a variety of consortia and collaborate closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan 



  • Pursuing a Master’s degree in social sciences
  • Understanding of version control systems (e.g. Git) and source code hosting platforms (e.g. GitHub, GitLab)
  • Knowledge of mixed research methods (e.g. quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Proficiency in synthesizing and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and in person


  • Demonstrable creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks as a part of a larger group
  • Capacity in prioritizing and managing multiple requirements simultaneously

Salary: This is a 1-year grant funded part-time role. Roughly 20 hours per week is expected.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, submit your CV and unofficial transcript to:  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 19:07 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 19:07 UTC