Senior Officer, Collections Development and Producer Relations

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-05-14

Employer: University of Essex

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To undertake a range of activities within the Collections Development and Producer Relations (CDPR) teams and to support specialist ESRC Big Data Network Support activities as part of a new dedicated big data team, overseen by the Functional Director, Big Data Network Support.

The Post holder is responsible for scoping, assessment, licencing and other acquisition (pre-ingest) activities relating to new and novel forms of data for the UK Data Service. This role requires liaison with data owners and suppliers, data centres and other brokers of data. The role holder will be called upon to undertake risk and quality assessment of new data sources, identify the potential for data linkage, and to create new data products


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (BA, BSc)
  • Experience of undertaking data intensive research
  • Knowledge and understanding of the academic data landscape, for example, social science, biomedical or environmental research
  • Understanding of issues of data quality in new and novel forms of data
  • Experience of linking data sources
  • Expertise in using statistical packages, e.g. R, SPSS, STATA, MATLAB or business analytics software
  • Experience of programming/coding, API development and Extract, Transform and Load (ELT) type skills. The use of Python programing language would be beneficial
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective liaison, e.g. with data owners and producers in a sensitive and persuasive way
  • Self-starter, with the ability to generate and implement ideas
  • Proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate/present to a diverse set of audiences
  • An interest in issues surrounding the re-use of data for research
  • Can fulfil the staff vetting procedure for Government contracts (see general information for more details)
  • Can meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ legislation*



  • Postgraduate qualification (MA, MSc, PG diploma, PhD) in Social or Natural Sciences with a statistical component
  • Up-to-date knowledge and appreciation of data privacy issues
  • Knowledge of the wider metadata landscape
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Archived on: 2015-05-15