DeepDive Gray Literature & Annotation

University of Wisconsin - Geography

General Work

The prospective applicant will use DeepDive to mine the academic literature using machine learning, regular expressions (regex), and natural language processing (NLP) to extract relevant information relating open research databases (Neotoma Paleoecology Database, LinkedEarth, EarthChem) to existing publications. The postdoc will work with Dr. Shanan Peters and the University of Wisconsin DeepDive ( team to generate open source (R, Python), well documented (Jupyter/RMarkdown) and version controlled (git) workflows that can be used as templates for instruction and outreach. The postdoc will work with Dr. Jack Williams (UWisconsin-Geography) to apply these tools to discover and extract information from publications in paleoecology, with a focus on extracting metadata and data for fossil pollen records relevant to the Neotoma Paleoecology Database ( as a case study. The postdoc will also work with by Dr. Simon Goring (UWisconsin-Geography), who is overseeing the Throughput Project (, to implement methods for incorporating metadata harvested using ML techniques using the DeepDive platform into research databases.

Desired Skills and Experience

These skills are desired, but not prerequisites. There will be opportunities for training during the position.


We are looking for a researcher with cross-over training in the data sciences (e.g. Information Sciences, Computer Sciences) and Earth Sciences (e.g. Geosciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, or Ecology). Quantitative analysis, project management, and collaborative skills are important for this position.


This postdoc position is contracted for one year, with the opportunity to extend to 2.5 years. Minimum starting salary for this position is $49,000.


Please apply by submitting your documents (cover letter, cv, code examples) to by March 1, 2020.  Feel free to ask questions at any time using the same email address.

Submission Materials

Email to with the subject line DeepDive Postdoc
  • CV with links to published papers
  • Cover letter
  • Links to public code repositories, or code examples

Postdoc Resources at UW-Madison

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity employer, and specifically invites and encourages applications from women and minorities. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to verify the identity and work authorization of the successful applicant. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification.