Research Data Management Expert

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-02-24

Employer: GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne location

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GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an internationally active institute, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal States. The department ‘Data Archive for the Social Sciences’ in Cologne is responsible for the acquisition of domestic and international comparative surveys on sociological and political science topics. The surveys are processed in accordance with internationally recognized standards, archived and made available for the scientific public. For its CESSDA Training Center at the GESIS site in Cologne focusing on archiving and data management, the department is seeking to employ a Research Data Management Expert (f/m) (TV-L 13, 100% time for four years at first instance, entry date: as soon as possible)

The offered position involves liaising on training activities in Research Data Management (RDM), Digital Preservation (DP), and Data Discovery (DD) with partner institutions in the CESSDA AS data infrastructure with a focus on participating in strategic and operational planning for CESSDA training activities. You are expected to have a sound knowledge of RDM activities in the social sciences at all stages of the research lifecycle. You should also be familiar with the basic principles of DP. The position includes holding introductory workshops on RDM and DP. The position requires contributing creating training materials and teaching in cooperation with other members of the team. You are responsible for the overarching training concept for more advanced workshops. You will also be expected to lead cooperations with data collecting research projects and to provide RDM support on a consultancy basis. This involves ascertaining existing RDM practice, designing support strategies and liaising during their implementation. You are expected to maintain an online support library of RDM resources with the aim of promoting standards and good practice in RDM and DP, to provide training in standards and techniques and ad hoc consulting on preservation and data dissemination. You are required to take active role in securing funding and participating in cooperative research projects and to conduct research.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a degree in social sciences with a quantitative or qualitative methods component (preferably a PhD OR similar professional experience in a research or data management environment). Experience in project management and event organization is desirable. Communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information and concepts to audiences ranging from novice to expert in a concise and interesting manner are important. Critical is the ability to relate to the needs of people in a range of roles including researchers, funders, and librarians, or repository staff. The position also requires a good awareness and experience in using social media to promote a service, specifically through twitter and blogging.

You have good problem solving skills and are a team player. In addition, you are flexible, able to work under pressure, and willing to travel. Sound command of written and spoken English is a prerequisite. Knowledge of German is desirable but not essential.

GESIS guarantees that guidelines regarding employment laws for the disabled and handicapped as well as laws and regulations governing part-time employment will be observed. GESIS is an equal opportunity employer and is certified by the European work & family audit.

Archived on: 2014-03-20