Research Data Officer

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-06-09

Employer: University of Exeter

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The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

The University of Exeter is one of the UK’s fastest growing research universities, ranking in the top 1% of universities in the world.  A step change in research performance has followed significant investment in research capacity.  The post is one of several library roles supporting Open Access to research outputs. This full-time post is available on a permanent basis. 

The post is based in the Library’s Research Support Group and will work across the University’s Directorates and Colleges, particularly with staff in Research Services and Exeter IT.   The University’s research systems include a DSpace repository, ORE (Open Research Exeter), and the Symplectic current research information system.   

You will have experience of working with research data, understand the research data life cycle, and be aware of current research data management and data sharing agendas, and of relevant metadata standards.  A confident communicator with good presentation skills, you will work collaboratively across the University to promote good practice in data curation and to support researchers in managing their research data.  Excellent organizational, analytical and IT skills and project management experience are essential.  Previous experience working with repository software, research information systems and digital asset management tools will be an advantage. 

The Library is part of the Education & Student Experience Directorate within the University’s Professional Services.  Restructuring is on-going to ensure the University has the necessary staff, skills and services for a rapidly changing HE and digital information environment.


  • First degree in an academic discipline
  • Good knowledge of the Open Research environment: awareness of current research data management and data sharing agendas, research funder policies, and copyright, IP, ethical and security issues for research data use and re-use
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and time-management and IT skills with proven project management experience
  • Good oral and written communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and service users at all levels and to explain complex information to individuals and groups
  • Experience and understanding of all aspects of the data life cycle (creation, processing, discoverability and access, re-use, preservation)
  • Experience of working with research data, supporting research data management activities or ability and willingness to develop appropriate understanding and skills
  • Experience of relevant metadata standards and schema e.g. Dublin Core, DataCite, EAD, TEI, DDI, METS, MODS, PREMIS
  • Good interpersonal, influencing and stakeholder engagement skills including proven ability to build positive working relationships across departments
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex environment with a range of stakeholders


  • Postgraduate qualification
  • Qualification in an information-related area
  • Degree-level qualification in a STEM subject
  • Experience of undertaking postgraduate research
  • Experience of cross-team and matrix working in an academic environment
  • Experience of working with repository software, research information systems, and tools for managing digital assets

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