Research Data Management Officer
Research Data Management Officer
Job Ref 326
£32,638 - £44,156 per annum inclusive based on relevance of skills and experience
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four cancer centres globally.
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.
We are seeking to fill an exciting new role at the ICR which will be instrumental in determining and implementing the ICR’s Research Data Management (RDM) policy. With increasing emphasis on Big Data to support delivery of the ICR’s Research Strategy, and central investment to provide leading services for the management of research data, the role represents a unique opportunity to work on this rapidly developing and transformative technology at a world leading research institute.
The main purpose of this post is to help scientists to manage their research data through the lifecycle from creation to long-term curation. The successful candidate will work directly with the ICR’s researchers to capture their functional requirements, to put into place the systems and processes to meet those requirements, and to ensure the data is held securely and safely.
You will assist in promoting research data management best practice, provide assistance to researchers in generating their research data management plans, and advise researchers on Open Data best practice.
You will also assist the Assistant Director (Library and Information Management) in Research Data Management activities, and support the Scientific Computing team, through the Digital Operation Programme Lead, in delivering Research Data Management (RDM) and Information Governance across data storage services provided for the ICR.
A significant proportion of the work will focus on the design, creation, implementation and support of a machine readable ICR research meta data repository, a necessary step in fulfilling the ICR’s digital transformation, meeting the ICR’s Open Data responsibilities, and ensuring integrity of data held. It will allow research data to be tagged from the point of creation, with the rich meta data necessary for complete data lifecycle management, allow for easy integration of research data into Big Data analyses, and provide the logical structure to control the discoverability/visibility/security of ICR research data, both internally and externally.
You will have experience in managing research data, delivering storage services, and also in Information Governance. In addition, you will have a professional approach, an analytical, logical and quick learning mind, a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with fellow developers and scientists alike.
The post requires a combination of different types of expertise, and abilities. Research data storage is a complex discipline involving the operation of non-standard infrastructure and pushing it to the limits of performance. This requires a deep understanding of both hardware and software. In addition, the post must understand and be able to implement principles of research data management, and understand Information Governance, in particular the changing requirements that will follow after GDPR and the UK Data Protection bill are implemented. You will collaborate closely with researchers to ensure that research is facilitated rather then hindered through the new developments.
This appointment is available for a 12 month fixed term contract, in the first instance.
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