Data Manager

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-03-11

Employer: University College Dublin

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UCD Library is organised into the following areas: Client Services; Collection Services; Cultural Heritage (Special Collections); Planning and Administration/Library IT; Research Services.

The successful candidate will be joining the Research Services Unit in a period of change. The person appointed will demonstrate an enthusiasm for the changing information landscape and the ongoing development of library services including the implementation of new processes and services. To facilitate the effective achievement of UCD Library’s strategic goals and to support staff development and engagement, active and positive collaboration with colleagues across the Library will be a key feature of this role.

The requirement for UCD researchers to manage research data will increase given the emerging mandates from funding organisations to make research data available in open access repositories. To help meet this requirement UCD Library is recruiting a data manager who will coordinate and streamline existing services and develop new services, liaising and collaborating with both internal users and suppliers of data (Schools, Institutes and other research areas); other research areas such as Research IT, UCD Research, Corporate & Legal; and also external users and agencies such as CSO, ESRI and other data producers.

This is a new post and offers great scope for an individual to provide leadership in the development of this important new service area. There will be opportunities for skills development specific to this post and also in related areas to support the overall work of the Research Services unit.


  • Primary degree and post graduate qualification in library and information studies or in the domain of quantitative social science or public health
  • Proven experience in the development of data management solutions
  • Understanding of legal, policy and ethical frameworks governing research data and information
  • Understanding of quantitative research methods, including survey methods and output, descriptive statistics and analysis of microdata
  • Familiarity with statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata and SAS and data delivery systems
  • Knowledge of best practices with respect to data collection, management and use.
  • Familiarity with common metadata standards such as the Data Documentation Initiative(DDI)
  • Knowledge of technologies for data management and curation, as well as an understanding of preservation principles and practices
  • Effective analytical, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent coordination and management skills required to take this new service area and to develop it


  • Ability to work on own initiative and to apply independent professional judgment
  • Attention to detain and an ability to work to deadlines
  • A self-motivated approach demonstrating initiative and creativity required to develop this new area
  • A flexible attitude in relation to the changing nature of the function and the post
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners;
  • A willingness and commitment to develop new skills to support this role

Archived on: 2015-03-11