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Assistant or Associate Research Data Specialist for the Research Data Service
Academic Professional Position
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Two positions open immediately. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 12 month, 100% time Academic Professional position.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Data Service seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional. This position is with the Research Data Service headquartered at the University Library. The candidate will advance the Illinois’ Research Data Service program ( by directly partnering with researchers and units to manage, curate, publish, and archive research data. Illinois research data requires attention, curation, and dedicated management to ensure that the research done at Illinois is efficient, reliable, and can stand the test of time. The Illinois Research Data Service is a young, dynamic program that has quickly become well-respected for our team’s commitment and ability to provide researchers across a variety of disciplines with practical but progressive guidance, training, and tools for managing and archiving data. We currently have an opening for a Research Data Specialist to join our team and strongly encourage those with backgrounds in research data curation, coordination and/or management of research studies or programs, information technology, and advanced research degrees to apply.

Specific areas of activity include but are not limited to:
·        Advise and assist researchers in adoption and adaptation of best practices for the management of research data;
·        Assist researchers in preparation and deposition of datasets into institutional or discipline-specific repositories;
·        Utilize current research experience and work to become familiar with a variety of other disciplines and types of data to curate datasets for deposit into the Illinois Data Bank (;
·        Advise and assist in development of workflows for the creation of documentation and provenance information for datasets;
·        Provide expert analysis of technical requirements; identify and recommend potential software and tools for data re-use, management, and curation;
·        Seek out and lead a variety of data management training scenarios, including sessions for departments, research groups, and through one-on-one consultations;
·        Monitor agency and publisher data policies, and advise on and review Data Management Plans submitted as part of funding proposals;
·        Participate in outreach and promotion of the Research Data Service and associated Library programs

Current Research Data Service activities have benefited from development and input from a diverse group of invested colleagues from across the library and campus. The candidate is encouraged to both maintain and improve current activities, but also identify new opportunities and strategies to augment, extend, or otherwise improve Illinois’ data management services. The position requires the ability to identify and prioritize the needs of campus researchers, and to be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Research Data Specialists play an important role by interfacing with campus researchers, librarians, IT professionals, and other professional staff. This includes participating and contributing to the planning and development of other data services and policies, both campus-wide and through collaborations with other universities.
Environment: Headquartered in the University Library, the Research Data Service is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Library, iSchool, Tech Services, and NCSA. The service provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.

Required: Bachelor’s degree and experience working in an academic research environment OR an advanced degree in an informatics-oriented or research-oriented discipline; demonstrated ability to execute sound data management practices including organization, documentation, and preservation of research data; ability to think creatively to develop innovative data management outreach and training materials; ability to work in a team environment; skills for effective oral and written communication with co-workers, researchers, and others from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once, to set priorities, and meet deadlines

Preferred: Advanced degree in an informatics- or research-orientated discipline; two or more years of professional experience managing research data including compliance with funding agency requirements; Familiarity with database or repository structure and development; familiarity with formal metadata schema; facilitation experience; Demonstrated ability to identify and vet resources and tools for data sharing, analysis, and archiving; knowledge of academic publishing; certification as a Software Carpentry instructor, or willingness to become certified.

Salary: Salary and rank are commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

DEADLINE: in order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 25, 2017.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Donna Hoffman
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University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
1408 W. Gregory Dr. - Suite 127
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone: 217-333-5495
Cell Phone: 217-621-9149
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