Research Data Management Services Coordinator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-09-08

Employer: University of Alberta

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University of Alberta Libraries seeks a full-time sessional Administrative and Professional Officer ready to lead research data management services at one of Canada’s great research institutions.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Information Resources and Digital Initiatives, and working within a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will shape all phases of the planning and development of a wide range of research data management initiatives and services. Examples include the development and coordination of proposals, project plans, workflows, tools (e.g., communications, and assessment, in addition to providing direct support and guidance to clients. The position works closely with a strong technical and professional cohort, and together, will support ventures across the full spectrum of the Libraries’ research data interests, including local, national and international partnerships. The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that is filled with challenge, change, and opportunity for professional growth.

The University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada, offering a broad range of data-related services and collections, managed by talented, highly engaged teams. The Libraries enjoy many relationships with other organizations and the broader research community. UAL is actively involved in partnerships such as the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage initiative, Consortia for Advancing Standards in Research Administrative Information (CASRAI), Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), and the Canadian Polar Data Network (CPDN). Research data management has been identified as a strategic priority of the library and is expected to be an area of significant growth  

The Libraries, utilizing positions such as this one, endeavor to actively support and help shape scholarly communications, higher education and the research enterprise. For more information, please visit our website at

Qualifications include a graduate degree with a minimum of 3 years practical experience in managing data. Further, applicants should demonstrate experience in having worked within a research data-oriented library setting, or be able to otherwise show direct involvement with having conducted research, working directly with data management tools and related processes. Knowledge of various data formats, services, tools, and points of access is highly desirable. Applicants should have demonstrable skill in preparing and working with structured and unstructured data for research use, e.g. tabular data.  Knowledge of metadata standards as it relates to describing and working with research data is also highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates that can also demonstrate their involvement in regional or national research data planning initiatives.

Applicants must possess a strong service orientation, excellent communication skills, an interest in implementing new initiatives, superior leadership skills, commitment to cooperative action and collaborative work, and a demonstrated interest in supporting the goals of the Libraries and its interest in research data management and stewardship.

Archived on: 2015-09-09