Data Curation Specialist (2 positions)

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-11-16

Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Research Data Service seeks innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals for two Data Curation Specialist positions. The candidates will advance the campus’ Research Data Service program ( by directly partnering with researchers and units to manage, curate, publish, and archive research data. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in enabling world-class, data-driven research.

Specific areas of activity include but are not limited to:

  • Advise and assist researchers in adoption and adaptation of best practices for the management of research data;
  • Utilize experience working with different qualitative and quantitative data types and formats including numeric, geospatial, image, and video, etc. to effectively steward data;
  • Advise and assist in development of workflows for the creation of metadata and provenance information for datasets from a variety of campus research efforts;
  • Perform format assessment and migration support;
  • Provide expert analysis of technical requirements; identify and recommend potential software and tools for data re-use, management, and curation;
  • Assist researchers in preparation and deposition of datasets into institutional or discipline-specific repositories


The positions will require the ability to identify and prioritize needs, establish protocols, and creatively problem-solve both independently and as part of a team.  The candidates will play an important role in the campus’ new Research Data Service at the University Library by interfacing with campus researchers, data service librarians, and the Research Data Service group.  This will include participating in continued planning and development of campus-wide services, tools, and infrastructure for research data as well as applying information science curation, preservation, and archiving principles.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years’ experience working in an academic research environment OR an advanced degree in an informatics-oriented or research-oriented discipline
  • Data management experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with researchers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once, to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work in teams



  • Advanced degree in an informatics-oriented or research-oriented discipline
  • Two or more years of professional experience managing research data including compliance with funding agency requirements
  • Familiarity with database or repository structure and development
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and vet resources and tools for data sharing, analysis, and archiving

Archived on: 2014-11-18