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Research Data Consultant

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Position Summary:

The Research Data Consultant will work with Research and Informatics leadership to implement and advance the Libraries’ data curation services. The successful candidate will participate in research data management consultations, data curation activities, and the development of resources, documentation and instructional content about data curation.

The Research Data Consultant will be responsible for:

• Processing requests for data management plan support and archiving of datasets in the digital repository; designs and implements appropriate processing workflows.

• Documenting data management consultation and research data-related repository activities, workflows, and policies; assists in the development of data policies, guidelines, and web-based resources.

• Identifying, recruiting, and depositing datasets in the libraries’ digital repository, adhering to local policies and national and international standards and best practices.

• Executing technical processes involved in managing the lifecycle of digital datasets in order to maintain the integrity of and access to archived datasets; contributes to data transformation projects.

• Serving as a consultant to researchers and librarians on data issues and services; performs data management planning with PIs and researchers; assists in the development and delivery of training and instructional materials on data curation; provides guidance and instruction on discovery, acquisition and use of research data in the public domain.

• Participating in selected cross-Libraries working groups to improve data management services and in various data-related projects and initiatives as a result of developments and changes in Library services; maintains current awareness of data management and data curation protocols and projects.

 Job Duties (%):

60%     Collection development and processing: Processing requests for data management plan support and archiving of datasets in the digital repository; designs and implements appropriate processing workflows; documenting data management consultation and research data-related repository activities, workflows, and policies; assists in the development of data policies, guidelines, and web-based resources; identifying, recruiting, and depositing datasets in the libraries’ digital repository, adhering to local policies and national and international standards and best practices; executing technical processes involved in managing the lifecycle of digital datasets in order to maintain the integrity of and access to archived datasets; contributes to data transformation projects.

 40%     Consulting: Serving as a consultant to researchers and librarians on data issues and services; performs data management planning with PIs and researchers; assists in the development and delivery of training and instructional materials on data curation; provides guidance and instruction on discovery, acquisition and use of research data in the public domain; participating in selected cross-Libraries working groups to improve data management services and in various data-related projects and initiatives as a result of developments and changes in Library services; maintains current awareness of data management and data curation protocols and projects.

 Required Qualifications:Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and significant experience equivalent to an advanced degree. Familiarity with the process of academic research. Familiarity with data management and digital library issues. Experience working with digital collections. Knowledge of digital repository or content managements systems such as DSpace and Fedora Commons. Excellent organizational and written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated time management and project completion skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team-based environment.

Preferred Qualifications:Considerable experience documenting workflows and procedures. Experience working with data in a research setting. Experience with grant writing or federal agency policies. Experience or coursework in data curation or data management services. Experience working with digital repository or content management systems. Experience creating metadata and applying best practices to managed content. Experience with scripting and programming languages. Experience working in an academic library.

 Employment Conditions:Must have a criminal background check.

Percent Employment:Full-time

Faculty Rank: Administrative and Professional, Lecturer rank

Pay Range:Commensurate with Experience

 How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at www.jobs.vt.edu. The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information.

 

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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