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Temporary Senior Discovery Metadata Officer - closing extended to 26 February 2017

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Data Enhancement) - closing 26 February 2017

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Open Data) - closing 26 February 2017

 

Temporary Senior User Experience Officer - closing 28 February 2017

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Biomedical Data Enhancement) - closing extended to 01 March 2017

Temporary Senior Discovery Metadata Officer

The UK Data Archive is curator of the UK's largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities. It is also a partner in delivering the UK Data Service, an online portal for social science data, documentation and guidance. Both are vital resources for researchers, policymakers, teachers and students around the world.

The responsibilities of the Senior Discovery Metadata Officer include contributing to and project managing numerous and varied resource discovery initiatives. They will help plan and participate in activities to investigate user needs for data discovery and access. They will undertake cross-site and cross-functional communication in the areas of discovery, ontologies, metadata and indexing.

The Senior Discovery Metadata Officer will contribute to the strategic development of discovery tools, metadata and controlled vocabulary strategies, and policies and schema for use within the UK Data Service. They will be expected to investigate initiatives elsewhere and share knowledge.

Candidates should have experience of managing metadata, thesauri or of working in a library, archive or information service. They should have an understanding of resource discovery technologies and data citation requirements and techniques. They should also have experience of collating impact metrics.

The post is temporary for up to 6 months and for 15 hours per week (work pattern to be confirmed).

Principal duties:

  • To contribute to the strategic development for the UK Data Archive's resource discovery tools, including, but not limited to, Discover, supporting and facilitating the implementation of recommendations on how they can be improved, including recommendations relating to searching, metadata and display
  • To help plan and participate in activities to investigate user needs for data discovery and access. To further efforts to share and apply this information in organizational services
  • To gather UK Data Service impact metrics, working closely with the UK Data Service Discovery Metadata Manager and the Communication and Impact team to deliver a single impact analysis function for service enhancement and reporting
  • To contribute to the strategic development and application of persistent identifiers to the data collections, and to promote the use of data citation by the UK Data Service users, both online and externally in relevant fora and conferences
  • To contribute to the strategic development of vocabulary services within the UK Data Service
  • To work closely with the Discovery Metadata Manager to ensure compatibility of the thesaurus system and the thesauri with the requirements, and strategic aims and objectives of the UKDS, and with the needs of national and international thesaurus users
  • To project manage the development of the publications core within discovery services
  • To contribute to the various management and interest groups for the multi-lingual thesaurus and represent stakeholders, both internally from the UKDS and from the wider Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) community, at selected events
  • To collate and maintain procedures relating to thesauri and other controlled vocabularies and associated activities working closely with various management and interest groups including those from the wider Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) community
  • To project manage other resource discovery activities, in collaboration with the Discovery Metadata Manager
  • To create content for, and participate in, promotional activities (e.g. web-based information, conference and workshop presentations)

Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (BA, BSc)
  • Experience of managing metadata, thesauri or of working in a library, archive or information service
  • Experience of working with a variety of metadata schema
  • Knowledge of the wider metadata/resource discovery landscape
  • Experience of collating impact metrics
  • Understanding of relevant resource discovery technologies
  • Understanding of data citation requirements and techniques (e.g. DOIs)
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including expertise in Excel for data manipulation and reporting
  • Ability to liaise effectively with remote, partner organisations in a sensitive and persuasive way
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social science landscape
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation

For further information, please contact Anne Etheridge, Discovery Metadata Manager (aether@essex.ac.uk).

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (kimb@essex.ac.uk).

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

A secondment would be considered.

Application closes: extended to 26 February 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary for 6 months

Contract Hours: Part-time

Salary: Grade 8, £32,004 per annum, pro rata

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Data Enhancement)

The UK Data Archive has received funding for a temporary position in the Ingest Services Section of the UK Data Service to undertake data ehancement of selected studies in the collection. We are seeking an individual to join our specialised Ingest Services team for a period of 6 months. The post holder will be responsible for enhancement of data and documentation to the highest standard in order to enhance its utility for secondary use by social science researchers and research institutions.

This post requires prior experience in the use of quantitative social science data, together with expertise in creating and enhancing metadata. Technical experience with file format conversion is welcomed. The successful candidate will be required to receive relevant basic security clearance.

Principal duties:

  • To work within the Ingest Services team to enhance existing quantitative data, documentation and metadata for preservation and secondary use by social science researchers and research institutions
  • To convert data and accompanying documentation among different software and formats, checking, validating, enhancing and adding value for both new and existing datasets
  • To liaise with staff within the Ingest Services team and from other sections of the UK Data Service to ensure that materials are made ready for the preservation and secondary use according to agreed security standards and service agreements
  • To undertake other arising data-related tasks within the Ingest Services team as required

Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (BA, BSc)
  • A background in the social sciences
  • Experience of SPSS statistical software and quantitative data
  • Experience of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel and Word
  • Awareness of the principles of data security
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An organised and methodical approach to work, with strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Time management and prioritisation skills to enable deadlines to be met
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation
  • Can fulfil the staff vetting procedure for Government contracts

For further information about the post please contact Sharon Bolton, Data Curation Manager, email: sharonb@essex.ac.uk

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer, email: kimb@essex.ac.uk

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Position Ref: Data Ingest

Application closes: 26 February 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary for 6 months

Contract Hours: Full-time

Salary: Grade 6, £25,298 per annum, pro rata

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Open Data)

The UK Data Archive has received funding for a temporary position in the Ingest Services Section of the UK Data Service to undertake data enhancement of open data in the collection, primarily to help populate the UK Data Service Quiz App.

We are seeking an individual to join our specialised Ingest Services team for a period of 6 months working up to 36 hours per week.

The post holder will be responsible for enhancement of data to the highest standard in order to enhance its utility for secondary use by social science researchers, for use in teaching, and of interest to a range of other stakeholders, including young people and the general public.

This post requires prior experience in the use of quantitative social science data, together with expertise in creating and enhancing metadata and user guidance. Technical experience with open data tools and file format conversion is welcomed. The successful candidate will be required to receive relevant basic security clearance.

Principal duties:

  • To work within the Ingest Services team to enhance existing quantitative data, documentation and metadata for preservation and secondary use by social science researchers, for use in teaching, and of interest to a range of other stakeholders
  • To convert data and accompanying documentation among different software and formats, checking, validating, enhancing and adding value for both new and existing datasets, with a focus on open data
  • To liaise with staff within the Ingest Services team and from other sections of the UK Data Service to ensure that materials are made ready for preservation and secondary use according to agreed security standards and service agreements

Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (BA, BSc)
  • A background in the social sciences
  • Experience of quantitative data, using data analysis such as SPSS statistical software or Excel
  • Experience of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel and Word
  • Experience of working with open data and its requirements
  • Awareness of the principles of data security
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An organised and methodical approach to work, with strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Time management and prioritisation skills to enable deadlines to be met
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel and Word
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation
  • Can fulfil the staff vetting procedure for Government contracts

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (kimb@essex.ac.uk).

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Interviews are likely to be held on 10 March 2017.

Position Ref: Data Ingest OpenData

Application closes: 26 February 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary for 6 months

Contract Hours: Full-time or part-time (up to 36 hours per week)

Salary: Grade 6, £25,298 per annum, pro rata for part-time

 

Temporary Senior User Experience Officer

The UK Data Service is seeking an experienced and enterprising user experience specialist to design and launch a new programme of work to coordinate and further expand the Service's activities to assess and respond to the needs of users throughout the service and development lifecycle.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for six months. We would welcome applications from people seeking a short-term secondment from their primary institution (public or private sector).

Principal duties:

  • Lead a cross-departmental and cross-site team of colleagues to design a sustainable, coordinated long-term Service-wide programme to systematically and continually gather and utilise information on user needs, so that they can drive the full life cycle of product and service development; would include leading the development of a set of principles for user experience in the Service
  • Work closely with staff at multiple sites in the areas of access, applications development and maintenance, communications, discovery, research and development, and user support, as well as those with a focus on particular data types
  • Train staff members in a variety of user needs assessment techniques (e.g., quantitative and qualitative, contextual inquiry/ethnography, participatory design, interviews, focus groups surveys, usability testing, usage statistics and log analysis)
  • Bring into the organisation, and educate staff on, up-to-date trends related to user-centred design, interface capabilities, website enhancement, and usability and their impact on information services
  • Design and lead colleagues to undertake select user needs assessment activities in Service areas including, but not limited to, systems for discovery and access of data
  • Develop pipelines to disseminate information on user needs from a variety of sources (e.g., dedicated assessment activities, service interactions with users, usage logs, etc.) across the organisation and structured methods for how that knowledge then informs the development and enhancement of services and tools

Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent
  • Specialist expertise and experience in a wide range of activities, methodologies and practices in the area of user experience and user needs assessment (e.g., quantitative and qualitative, contextual inquiry/ethnography, participatory design, interviews, focus groups surveys, usability testing, usage statistics and log analysis)
  • Evidence of this expertise (e.g., a website or assessment report) should be provided in the application
  • Experience with user experience within the academic and/or public sector environment
  • Experience with user experience activities throughout the full product and service development lifecycle (i.e. including very early-stage activities to inform the consideration, selection, and early development of possible new products and services)
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative team settings with staff with diverse roles and skill sets
  • Experience coordinating work across different teams, including with technical development staff I think this should be essential
  • Experience in designing and iterating on web applications and interfaces
  • Experience of project management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office, software for user needs assessment and interface prototyping and design
  • Ability to understand and communicate both user needs and technical issues in an accessible way to colleagues
  • Excellent organisational, time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to deal confidently and professionally with people at all levels both within and outside of the organisation
  • A pro-active approach to work and a commitment to working collaboratively
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation

For further information, please contact Anne Etheridge, Discovery Metadata Manager (aether@essex.ac.uk).

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (kimb@essex.ac.uk).

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Position Ref: User Experience

Application closes: 28 February 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary for 6 months

Contract Hours: Full-time

Salary: Grade 8, £32,004 per annum

 

Temporary Data Ingest Officer (Biomedical Data Enhancement)

The post holder will be responsible for the preparation and enhancement of biomedical data and documentation to the highest standard in order to enhance its utility for secondary use by researchers and research institutions.

This post requires prior experience in the use of quantitative biomedical and social science data, together with expertise in creating and enhancing survey metadata. Technical experience with restructuring data file format conversion is welcomed. The successful candidate will be required to receive relevant basic security clearance.

Principal duties:

  • To work within the Ingest Services team to enhance biomedical data, documentation and metadata for preservation and secondary use by researchers and research institutions
  • To convert data and accompanying documentation among different software and formats, checking, validating, enhancing and adding value for both new and existing datasets
  • To liaise with staff within the Ingest Services and Collections Development teams and from other sections of the UK Data Service to ensure that materials are made ready for preservation *and secondary use according to agreed security standards and service agreements
  • To undertake other arising data-related tasks within the Ingest Services team as required
  • To be familiar with basic security needs; understand the importance of accurate record-keeping; and adhere to University procedures and UK Data Service procedures

Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (BA, BSc)
  • A background in the biomedical social sciences
  • Experience of suitable statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Stata) and quantitative data
  • Experience of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel and Word
  • Awareness of the principles of data security
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • An organised and methodical approach to work, with strong attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Time management and prioritisation skills to enable deadlines to be met
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation
  • Can fulfil the staff vetting procedure for Government contracts

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (kimb@essex.ac.uk).

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Position Ref: Ingest Offr (BDE)

Application closes: extended to 01 March 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary for 6 months

Contract Hours: Full-time

Salary: Grade 6, £25,298 per annum, pro rata


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