Research Data Curator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-06-26

Employer: University of Melbourne

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The Research Data Curator will be a highly flexible, collaborative and innovative individual, committed to providing the best possible service to our research community. The incumbent will undertake a range of operational and project-based activities that will advance the Library’s strategic objectives for expanded research data identification, management, curation and preservation support, tools and services.

This is a new position in the Library that will incorporate existing and emerging elements of research data support and services. It is an opportunity for the right candidate to help create and establish new services and tools for the management of research data. The incumbent will play a leading role in providing guidance and support in identification and long-term management of research data throughout the data lifecycle, including issues of digital preservation and access, intellectual property rights, and security of sensitive data.

The incumbent will identify, implement, assess, and support the use of technologies that support both qualitative and quantitative data gathering, management, visualization, and analysis. They will also assist in the implementation of software, policy, workflows and other change management required to maximise exposure and reuse of research data sets.

The position will be located within the Information Management Advice and Support (IMAS) team and will collaborate with staff from both inside and outside of the library devoted to supporting research data management. In particular, the position has close working relationships with the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC), and the Research team in ITS. The position reports to the Manager, Information Management Services.


  • Completion of a good first degree in a relevant research based discipline, preferably with research experience.
  • Completion of a post graduate degree (or significant progress towards completion) in information management or information technology.
  • Extensive highly relevant experience in research data management as a researcher or research data manager or research data repository manager or digital archivist or in similar roles.
  • Knowledge of issues and developments in eResearch, data management or repository development.
  • Demonstrated experience in curating and handling large data sets with particular understanding of requirements for longer term digital archiving.
  • A detailed understanding of the OAIS model.
  • Experience using standards based content management systems and collection management software, including an understanding of database systems, SQL queries, XML, RDF, scientific metadata standards, API development, and related technologies; as well as protocols such as OAI-PMH.
  • High-level interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders and to communicate effectively on complex technical issues with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse complex situations to transform practices and resolve issues that emerge.
  • Highly developed organisational and analytical skills with demonstrable ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, to set priorities, show initiative and balance the demands of working in a complex work context.
  • Demonstrated understanding of academic research processes with capability and interest in developing in-depth knowledge of the research and collection management needs of researchers at the University.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and establish good working relationships with academic staff and other key stakeholders with a strong client-focus.
  • Highly developed presentation, written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Ability to use XSLT, Python or PHP languages with some relevant programming experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience with ontologies and metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources.
  • Training and experience in project management.
  • Current knowledge of the Australian Higher Education landscape and understanding of research environment in a University.
  • Understanding of legal, policy and ethical frameworks governing research data.

Archived on: 2012-07-31