Research Data Support Officer - 7 month contract

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Knowledge and information management

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £18.56 - 18.56 per hour

  • Contact:


  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    020 7378 5459

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  • Job ref:

    DR - 25484

  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    7 months

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:

    2018-11-19 00:00:00

Research Data Support Officer


7-month contract

£18.56 per hour

36.5 hours a week

ASAP Start

About the company

We are recruiting for a full time Research Data Support Officer for our Higher Educational client in London. The Research Data Support Team is part of the Library Services, and is responsible for providing support to, and raising awareness within the research community around research data management.  

What you will be doing

The Research Data Support Officer will work as part of a small team based in Library Services, as a member of the Liaison and Support Team.  The post holder will liaise with researchers directly, and will also work closely with several established teams, contributing advice, guidance and decision-making about aspects of the data management life-cycle.

Main responsibilities

  • Providing an outreach and advocacy framework for Research Data Management across the organisation.  To include:
    • Promoting best practice in research data management
    • In conjunction with the RITS facilitators maintaining and delivering a Communication Plan for Research Data Management
    • In conjunction with RITS promoting the Research Data Services to all faculties; developing and maintaining support materials and guidance documentation for researchers using the Services
    • Creating detailed advice and guidance for researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students and research administrators to assist them with the creation of Data Management Plans and similar elements of funding applications.
  • Designing, developing and delivering research data management training and awareness-raising activities for academic and professional staff across all disciplines.  To include:
    • Creating and maintaining up-to-date website content, delivering advice and guidance to members on research data management issues
    • Making use of social media to promote research data awareness
    • Presenting to and attending meetings of academics, administrators and other groups, as appropriate, to promote good practice in research data management
    • Responding to ad hoc enquiries from researchers, students and Professional Services staff
  • Developing the capability and confidence of relevant Library staff in research data management, in order to embed the capacity for ongoing research data management support in Library Services
  • Monitoring and promoting key funder stipulations and legal requirements, in order to improve compliance with such obligations
  • Maintaining an awareness of developments at a national and international level around Open Science and advising on how the organisation should develop services to enable researcher engagement with these developments
  • Responding to developments and researcher demand for support in related areas such as text and data mining by providing guidance and information
  • Identifying and maintaining effective relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders, to help to ensure that the Research Data Support Service continues to meet the needs of researchers and to reflect best practice in the sector
  • Contributing to the future development of the Research Data Policy and other relevant policies and strategies

Why you’ll be hired

To be considered for this role you will require:

  • Knowledge of research data management and the research data life cycle, including the issues and challenges around management, curation and preservation of digital data
  • Understanding the Higher Education environment and the policies and requirements of research funders as they relate to research data
  • Experience of successful proactive liaison with academic staff
  • Practical experience of developing and delivering training and supporting materials, including web-based documentation
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment alongside Library staff, IT staff and the research community
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Experience of planning and delivering campaigns for awareness-raising or the promotion of services
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to express complex information succinctly and clearly to a lay audience

Why you should apply

This is a great opportunity for an exceptional candidate to put their research skills and knowledge to use within an higher academical setting

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