Vacancies: Senior Discovery Metadata Officer and Data Access Assistant

Article dated: 24 January 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).

For further information, please contact Anne Etheridge, Discovery Metadata Manager (

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (

Application closes: 1 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 Access Assistant

The UK Data Service, the national data service for the social sciences, is seeking to appoint a temporary Data Access Assistant to work within the UK Data Service's Access team.

Duties of the post include staffing the UK Data Service's email and telephone helpdesks on a rota basis, administering user accounts and applications for access to data and providing administrative support for training sessions.

In addition, the post-holder will support the range of activities undertaken by the UK Data Archive as well as daily operational activities to ensure the department functions efficiently.

We are looking for a highly organised person with strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Outlook, Excel), who can demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail and has the ability to use their initiative in a role that covers a variety of duties.

Candidates should have a flexible approach to duties. While working in a team environment they will be required to work individually, managing their own time and prioritising tasks to enable deadlines to be met. They must also have experience of providing a customer service and have the ability to assimilate a variety of information.

The post is temporary for a period of 6 months.

For further information, please contact Margaret Ward, Data Access Manager (

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (

The UK Data Archive is ISO 27001, certified for Information Security Management. Should you be appointed to this post you will be asked to complete a Criminal Record Declaration Form and make an application for a basic disclosure from Disclosure Scotland. More information about Disclosure Scotland can be at

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 13 February 2017.

Application closes: 5 February 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary

Contract Hours: Full Time

Salary: Grade 5 spinal point 16, £21,220 per annum, pro rata