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Data Steward Social Sciences

Vacancy number
22-183 11203
Function type
Non-academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
22 March 2022
Closing date
24 April 2022 Vacancy closed

SOLO, the Research and Lab Support department of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a

Data Steward Social Sciences  (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)  
Vacancy number 11203

Responsible data management practice has become an important research skill. Researchers need support throughout the research data life cycle (collection, management, storage and publication). This job is about improving day to day practices in this field. The Faculty seeks a Data Steward within the Social Sciences domain for the Institute of Political Science, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who have affinity with Research Data Management (RDM) and the broader field of Open Science. The Data Steward will be engaged in hands-on data management activities and will advise researchers on how to handle data safely, ethically and sustainably. The Data Steward will also contribute to policy development. The Data Steward will liaise within and between the institutes and centre with research policy staff, management, researchers, other (project-specific) data stewards, and members of the Ethics Committee. The Data Steward will take a proactive approach in establishing and maintaining contact with researchers and support units. The Data Steward will also work closely with the Faculty’s data manager, privacy officer, security officer and information manager, and colleagues at the Centre for Digital Scholarship and the ICT Shared Services Centre

Key responsibilities
The successful applicant will be expected to:

•    Inform, advise and support researchers throughout the research cycle, i.e., drawing up or assessing data management plans and checking and uploading publication packages;
•    Contribute to the further development of the institutes’ RDM procedures for an effective and efficient organization around the research cycle;
•    Identify and identify needs of researchers in terms of RDM and provide relevant input on this to faculty and central support units;
•    Encourage and monitor the implementation of RDM policies;
•    Contribute to the network of staff within the faculty who are involved in data management support;
•    Build and disseminate knowledge and experience regarding RDM within the research domains.

Selection criteria
•    A motivated organizer with a completed university Master's degree, preferably in Social Sciences (Political Science, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, or related discipline);
•    With experience or at least affinity with various research and data collection methods within the Social Sciences in particular and with RDM in general;
•    With a reflexive and interpretative approach to data and data collection and an eye for ethical debates about the nature of data;
•    With an interest in developments in the field of data archiving (including relevant software), metadata, privacy (GDPR), Open Science and FAIR guidelines;
•    With an empathetic attitude and proactive, independent and meticulous work ethic;
•    With good active and passive command of both Dutch and English;
•    With a feeling for the complexity of a large organization, with an eye for the various stakeholders and interests;
•    Experience in developing, implementing, evaluating and/or monitoring RDM policy would be viewed favorably.
Our organisation
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences conducts high-quality research and offers a broad and disciplinary educational programme, focused on increasing our understanding of current developments in society. The faculty consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Education and Child Studies, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7,000 students and 850 staff members. For more information, please visit the website of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The research directors of the two institutes and the centre involved are supervisors of the data steward. One staff member from one of the institutes will provide day-to-day supervision.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term position for a period of one year. Salary range from € 2,846.= to € 5,230.= gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10/11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions  

In your daily activities you will have access to confidential information.  We therefore require candidates for this position to submit a Statement of Good Conduct (VOG). This statement can be obtained from the Civic Affairs department of the municipality where you are registered. The costs of this statement will be reimbursed. You can find detailed information about the VOG on https://www.justis.nl/producten/vog/.

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to the Scientific Director of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, Prof. dr. Bart Barendregt (barendregt@fsw.leidenuniv.nl).

Information about Leiden University can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en  

Please submit online your application no later than 24 April 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Interviews will be held in April and/or May.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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