Head of Research Data Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-10-15

Employer: University College London

Employer URL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/


UCL is one of the UK’s premier universities and is ranked in the top ten universities in the world. With over 11,000 staff and 36,000 students from across the world, UCL thrives on the diversity and creativity of its community and is an inspiring university in which to work and study. The post-holder will play a pivotal role in supporting UCL’s research strategy and promoting best practice in research data storage and management as enablers of academic research and outputs.

Working within the growing Research IT Services Department, the Head of Research Data Services will provide strategic leadership in the development of research data storage and archive services at UCL. These may include fully owned and operated services, consortium based services or cloud-based services. You will oversee the next phase of expansion of our established Research Data Storage Service, and the development and roll-out of the closely allied Research Data Archive Service.

Research IT Services benefits from an annual capital budget in excess of £2m, and an operational budget of £1.4m, with responsibility for specific service areas and projects devolved to Heads of Group.

You will work collaboratively with researchers, colleagues and peers to ensure that these services meet the needs of UCL’s world leading research community, balanced against considerations of cost and sustainability.

Leading a team of four staff, you will also be responsible for providing user support through a range of methods, including ‘helpdesk’, general advice and consultancy, and classroom training.

Working with the Director of Research IT Services, the Head of Research Data Services will represent UCL in relevant external networks and communities, national and international. An appropriate travel budget is provided for this purpose.

We are seeking an energetic and creative individual to join the Research IT Services management team.

This is a leadership role and your ability to communicate effectively, and forge relationships with a diverse stakeholder community will be critical to success

You will have demonstrable knowledge and understanding of key technologies, policy and trends related to the storage and management of research data, and a proven track record of shaping strategy and practice in this area.

You will also have operational experience playing a senior role in the delivery of an IT service, sound organisational skills and a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and threads of activity.

Archived on: 2015-10-16