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Data Curation Officers

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - Scientific Computing Department

Contract Type: 3 year fixed term contract

Hours: Full time/Part Time (minimum of 25 hours a week)

Benefits: 30 annual leave + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + Christmas shut down + exceptional average salary pension + excellent work life balance

Location: STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire or Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire

We have a new opportunity for three research officers to work on the curation of data and models within the DAFNI programme. These Data Curation Officers will work with the user community to maintain and evolve the collection of assets held in the DAFNI platform.

DAFNI is a key national facility which provides data and modelling environment to support research in the national infrastructure engineering community (e.g. Energy, Transport, Telecommunications, and Water systems). The DAFNI platform maintains a collection of data and computational models which are held in repositories catalogue and indexed with appropriate metadata.
DAFNI has a number of projects within its programme, including:

  • DAFNI Centre of Excellence for Resilience Analysis, working with researchers to explore issues of infrastructure resilience using computational modelling.
  • DAFNI-Data Infrastructure for National Infrastructure (DINI) looking at the opportunities and barriers to research data sharing within the infrastructure engineering domain
  • CROSSEU, a European project considering the risks and adaptations to climate change across Europe.
  • Centre for Greening Finance and Investment: a NERC funded project considering the impact of environmental change on the financial industry.

As a Data Curation Officer you will work across these projects, in particular contributing to a feasibility study on data sharing within the DAFNI-DINI project, and within a consortium of European partners in CROSSEU to identify and access appropriate data sources. You will also be encouraged to participate in community standards activities such as the Research Data Alliance.

To be successful you should have a deep understanding of research data and the value of data sharing and reuse, including the FAIR data principles, as well as an awareness of the obstacles and restrictions which researchers may encounter in publishing, accessing and reusing data, arising from both technical limitations and the social environment. You should also have an understanding of researcher needs and want to work closely with them to explore those needs. Knowledge of a research domain of interest to DAFNI (e.g. Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Science) would be an advantage.

List of Duties / Work Program / Responsibilities

  • Liaise with DAFNI Project stakeholders nationally and internationally to identify data and modelling needs within their use cases.
  • Identify datasets and models with a potential high utility for DAFNI’s infrastructure research community and make them available via the DAFNI platform.
  • Maintain a catalogue of models and datasets on the DAFNI platform, identifying under-provisioned areas for infrastructure research.
  • Populate appropriate metadata for assets to improve the quality of annotation for search, discovery and reuse.
  • Enrich the coverage of the metadata supported for data and other assets on the platform in line with community best practises, working to implement changes with the DAFNI Development team.
  • Participate in community fora to share best practices and standards.

Essential skills and attributes

  • Working in a collaborative research environment.
  • Knowledge of standard methodology in research asset collection management.
  • Knowledge of technical and scientific metadata for annotation of research assets.
  • Knowledge of FAIR principles for research data sharing.
  • Knowledge of restrictions on data access, licensing and data sharing agreements.
  • Ability to work with partners for requirements elicitation and analysis.
  • Knowledge of research asset management tools, including repositories and catalogues, to support data curation.
  • Track record in responsibility for the delivery of project outputs.
  • Willingness to travel with overnight stays within the UK and internationally particularly within Europe.

Any other Relevant Information

Posts can be based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire or Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, and flexible and hybrid working options are available.
Skill development is encouraged within individual learning and development plans.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a three year fixed-term position, with the expectation of an extension and a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups. 

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 
How to apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter (via the ‘Apply’ button above) which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire
Salary: £48,802 to £53,682 Band E
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th June 2024
Closes: 7th July 2024
Job Ref: 240000HT
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