Open Research Co-ordinator

London (Greater)
£33,114 - £37,804 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

About Us  

The King’s community is dedicated to the service of society. King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our vision for the future, shaped around five priority areas: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; and an international community that services the world.  


King’s has set out a compelling vision to ‘make the world a better place’ in its strategy for 2029. Libraries & Collections have created a plan, Library Evolution, which will enable us to transform our services, our resources and our spaces as we move towards 2029. The Open Research team in Libraries & Collections contributes to King’s ambitious Research Strategy by delivering resources and services which support King’s diverse community of academics, researchers, and PhD students with their world leading research activity - including the global response to Covid 19.


About the Role

Open Research is an innovative and fast growing area of service provision, working collaboratively with internal and external HE partners to bring about far reaching positive changes to the scholarly dissemination ecosystem of researchers, funders, and publishers. We are recruiting for a second Open Research Co-ordinator to provide support across the team, helping to advance the open agenda for the benefit of researchers, students, and the general public.  


You will work closely with the managers in the team, supporting them with service provision around scholarly subscriptions, open access publishing, and research data management. You will help to co-ordinate and supervise the work of Senior Library Assistants and Library Assistants, guiding and supporting them. You will play a particularly important role in conducting data analysis and producing insights from that data, to assess and help implement alternative, sustainable models for journal subscriptions and OA publishing.  

Along with all members of L&C, you will be required to participate in some frontline service delivery, including contributing towards a rota for evening and weekend working. 


This is a really exciting opportunity for candidates looking to work within open research – whether as a step-up or sideways move from another area, who wish to utilise their skills in co-ordinating tasks and people, manipulating and understanding data, and constructive problem solving. Experience/ expertise in open access publishing, research data management, or subscriptions management  would be advantageous.  

We encourage applications from candidates who have experience from both within and outside of the Higher Education sector where they can demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in this role. 


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post. We welcome applications from candidates seeking a flexible work pattern within our necessary service operating hours.


Key responsibilities

  • Work closely and effectively with the other Open Research Co-ordinator to co-ordinate the delivery of Open Research related services across both wings of the team (Research Support and Subscriptions & Access), involving the work of 11 Senior Library Assistants and 1 Library Assistant, informed by user feedback, colleague insight, and own knowledge  
  • Collate, skillfully analyse, and interpret often complex data relating to scholarly outputs and Library subscriptions, to ensure effective delivery of Open Research services    
  • Support the financial management of the teams’ activities, covering OA block grants expenditure and the tracking and forecasting of the Library subscriptions budget  
  • Support the Head of Open Research by playing an active role in promoting open research practices across King's research community 
  • Work closely with the Subscriptions & Access Manager, Open Access Librarian, and Research Data Manager in the coordination and delivery of their respective service areas 
  • Work independently to resolve a range of sometimes complex problems, and provide guidance across Libraries & Collections in relation to Open Research  


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  


Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

Qualifications & Training 

•       Relevant work experience and/or education.  A range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in a Library, for a Publisher, or at a University. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications, or other training. 


Skills & Experience 


•       Proven strong skills in manipulating, analysing and interpreting data 

•       Proven IT skills for an office environment, such as use of different administrative systems 

•       Experience in positively and proactively resolving a range of problems 

•       Excellent oral and written communication skills 

•       Able to skilfully present detailed information to a range of different audiences in writing and in person 




•       Knowledge of current trends in open research and scholarly communication - for example: journal subscription developments, open access publishing, repository use, issues related to the management of digital data    


Personal Characteristics 


•       Proactive, responsive and flexible approach to work 

•       Ability to organize own workload, to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines 

•       Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-changing environment, demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills 


Desirable criteria


Skills & Experience 


•       Experience of supervising staff 

•       Experience of advocacy and outreach activity, such as giving presentations and delivering training 




•       Knowledge or experience of the research process in an academic environment 


Further Information

Please submit a personal statement when applying for this vacancy, clearly setting out how you meet the essential criteria, as this is how we shortlist applications.   

Learn more about how we recruit, including tips on writing your application and supporting statement on our website:


Interviews will be held using Microsoft Teams and will consist of competency-based questions linked closely to the essential and desirable criteria mentioned here. We will also ask shortlisted candidates to prepare and deliver a short presentation – topic to be advised. 


Although we have made improvements over the last number of years, our team is still under-represented in terms of staff from global majority ethnicities, LGBTQ+ identities, and from people with disabilities. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, experiences and abilities. 

Interviews will take place on Monday 20th June.

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