Data Curator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2020-08-14

Employer: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

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The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is looking to expand their fun and innovative archiving team. This Data Curator position offers full Endowed Cornell benefits and a standard work week of 39 hours. As part of the archive data team (, this person will work collaboratively to process incoming public opinion research data (survey results) from a major collection of political science experimental survey research, making the data available to our expanding individual, commercial and academic user base.

Duties will include:

  • Review and accurately process an incoming collection of survey datasets, including conversion of dataset and documentation files to archival formats.
  • Provide quality control and error-checking for datasets and related documentation processed by self and others, comparing final processed dataset and documentation to original materials
  • Ensure confidentiality/anonymity by removing potentially sensitive/identifying variables
  • Create accurate metadata information and descriptions based on careful reading of datasets and related documentation.
  • Ensure standardized metadata formatting by adhering to convention by using data ingest software.
  • Translate data from older and/or obsolete formats to more modern formats.
  • Work collaboratively to ensure question-level data entry is consistent and fully documented.

This is a 1-year, endowed benefit-eligible term position with the possibility of extension based on the availability of work and funding.


  • Associates Degree with up to 2 years of experience in data entry or in an office environment or equivalent combination. Appreciation for detail and an understanding of the challenges to accuracy in repetitive work
  • Ability to organize work, collect and analyze data, document processes and procedures, and maintain meticulous records
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; has a positive attitude
  • Ability to use good judgment and willingness to seek direction when questions or issues arise
  • Ability to understand and apply standardized procedures and protocols
  • Introductory level experience with statistical analysis programs (SPSS or Stata preferred)
  • Ability to work remotely


  • Prior experience with political science/social science/public opinion data and/or metadata standards preferred

Visa sponsorship not provided for this position.

UNIVERSITY JOB TITLE: Research Aide III, level C

Location: Primarily remote

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Archived on: 2021-02-05