Research Data Officer University of Warwick United Kingdom

Research Data Officer


Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional



Knowledge Group - Library


Sub Department

Scholarly Communications



£29,799-£38,833 per annum pro rata



University of Warwick, Coventry


Vacancy Overview

Permanent part-time position (0.5 FTE) 

This role is offered on a permanent, 0.5 FTE job share basis. Working pattern : 18.25 Monday & Tuesday 09:00-17:30 Wednesday 09:00-12:15. There may be some flexibility in terms of the working pattern (subject to operations) but this will be discussed with the successful candidate. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Library’s expanding Scholarly Communications team to expand the support we offer to our researchers on research data management. This role is in support of the new University Strategy and at a time when research data management and open scholarship is of increasing national and international importance. 

You will require professional, scholarly and a strong technical understanding together with strong interpersonal skills as the post involves close working with different partners across the University. Knowledge and interest in research data management good practice and scholarly communication issues are expected and will be critical in informing discussions with academic and administrative colleagues. 

Priorities over the coming period will include further development of services for research data management, as well as advocacy for and embedding of those services within academic departments and support services. In addition the post will be responsible for contributing to the planning and implementation of processes and policies and to develop an approach to maintain an overview of data creation and management of data within the University in the longer term. 

You will be expected to engage beyond the University to maintain awareness of relevant developments. You will be educated to Degree level or equivalent with experience of working in a Higher Education customer service environment; with a knowledge of library practices, especially with regard to use of technology for research data management. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Yvonne Budden, Head of Scholarly Communications ( or telephone 024 7615 1275. 

Interview date: 14 June 2018 


Job Description

Job Purpose 

To coordinate the development, provision and improvement of the University’s research data management services. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Coordinate development and provision of generic data management services for the University. Working closely with relevant partner agencies and the academic community to scope, plan and lead projects to implement and improve infrastructure, tools, policies, procedures and workflows for data management and curation. 

2. Undertake advocacy, outreach and promotion activities for the University’s data management policies and services. Promote best practice in research data management through means such as a Web portal; creation and delivery of written and other guidance and training materials on data literacy and management; attendance at University and departmental meetings; producing papers and presentations for delivery to the University community; working with departments and individual researchers. 

3. Build and maintain effective relationships within the Library, for example with the Digital Systems, Services and Development (DSSD), the Data Services and e-Repositories teams; with other partner agencies such as IT Services, Learning Development Centre, Research and Impact Services and Student Careers and Skills; and with other stakeholder groups such as the University Governance team, Informaiton and Data Compliance team, academic departments and Doctoral Training Centres. 

4. Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of data management, referring to sources of information and advice within and beyond the University as appropriate 

5. Work with relevant partners such as Research and Impact Services to maintain an overview of data creation and management of data within the University, reporting and acting on this to support compliance with funder and University research data management policies. 

6. Participate in University initiatives and groups related to data management. 

7. Maintain professional awareness of data management issues and developments, including government and funder initiatives, and engage with relevant external bodies on behalf of the University and its interests in this area.



Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1

A first degree or equivalent, plus an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and experience. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Project management experience (a)(c)

Essential Criteria 3

Experience and understanding of all aspects of the data life cycle and related processes: e.g., creation, processing, discoverability and access, re-use, preservation. (a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 4

Experience of providing advice and handling enquiries, particularly to an academic audience (a)(c)

Essential Criteria 5

Experience of supporting research data management activities or working with research data, or ability and willingness to develop appropriate understanding and skills (a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 6

Awareness of the issues and agendas associated with research data management and data sharing, e.g., policies of research funders regarding open data(a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 7

Awareness of copyright, intellectual property, ethical and security issues related to research data management, e.g., regarding use and re-use(a)(c)

Essential Criteria 8

Awareness of relevant metadata standards and schema, e.g. Dublin Core, DataCite, EAD, TEI, DDI, METS, MODS, PREMIS (a)(c)

Essential Criteria 9

Excellent IT skills (a)(c)

Essential Criteria 10

Good interpersonal and influencing skills, including a proven ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and service users at all levels, and to build positive working relationships (a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 11

Excellent communication and presentation skills, including the ability to explain complex information to a wide variety of audiences, write formal papers and reports and experience of planning and delivering training

Essential Criteria 12

Proven advocacy and stakeholder engagement skills (a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 13

Ability to work independently and with others as part of a team and experience of cross-team or matrix working(a)(c)

Essential Criteria 14

Ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment with a range of partners and stakeholders(a)(c)(d)

Essential Criteria 15

Planning, organisational, analytical, time management skills and the ability to exercise initiative and determine priorities in planning own workload(a)(c)(d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Postgraduate degree together with relevant experience or a qualification in an information related area, e.g. Information or Library Management, Archives(a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of working in an academic environment(a)(c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience of undertaking postgraduate research(a)(c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience of working with repository software, systems for research or research data management, or tools for managing digital assets(a)(c)(d)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars. 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website. 



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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

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Closing Date

3 Jun 2018


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