Digital Preservation Officer

Posted to IASSIST on: 2005-12-05

Employer: ICPSR at the University of Michigan

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seeks to appoint a Digital Preservation Officer to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive digital preservation framework. The individual selected for this position will hold a research faculty appointment in ICPSR, and will report directly to the Director of ICPSR. Joint appointment with other University of Michigan units is possible.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the international infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR preserves data, migrating them to new storage media as changes in technology warrant. In addition, ICPSR provides user support to assist researchers in identifying relevant data for analysis and in conducting their research projects.

Minimum: Ph.D in relevant field of study, in hand or anticipated by the end of 2006. Five to eight years professional experience in the field, with a minimum of two years of experience in the management of digital preservation activities. Demonstrated ability to analyze, assess, and find creative preservation and archiving solutions in a complex and dynamic research based environment. Extensive knowledge of appropriate procedures for preserving digital objects in a social science environment where confidentiality must be protected. Experience managing web-based data and knowledge dissemination activities. Experience in a managerial role, (including fiscal responsibility) on multiple projects. Demonstrated scholarly productivity, along with the proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the English language. Desired: Previous experience in teaching or training in the field of interest. Knowledge and experience archiving data and providing secondary analysis of those data. Experience in writing grant proposals and applications, and in serving as a principal investigator. Experience in a supervisory role providing direction to staff.

Archived on: 2005-12-31