Senior Data Steward - Research Data Management

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2023


Non academic staff (supporting staff)

Irène Curie Fellowship



Library and Information Services

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Job description

Would you like to work on shaping tomorrow’s world? Contribute to groundbreaking innovations and developments in technological knowledge? Are you a team player who feels at home in an international and interdisciplinary environment? Then we are looking for you!

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an internationally oriented research university, specializing in engineering, science & technology and is known for its large scientific impact and its role in developing technological innovations. TU/e is a university at the center of society and sets its focus on complex social challenges by concentrating its education and research on three Strategic Areas: Energy, Health and Smart Mobility.

An ambitious university requires dedicated support to our scientists within the fields of Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science. This support is now provided by the Areas Research and Library within LIS (Library and Information Services). Within the Area Research the sections RDM, Data Integrations and HPC closely work together with IT consultants and data stewards to support the research community. Library contributes with the team Open Science Support.

Job description

We are looking for an experienced research data management specialist (Data Steward) with an enterprising and customer-oriented attitude. You will support and guide the team of data stewards, organize the work of the data stewards in the various departments of the TU/e and act as a communicator with stakeholders in the various departments as well as with the other sections in the Area Research. This includes the review and reprioritization of the backlog of the team as part of the preparatory work for iteration. In specific cases, you will support the data stewards in addressing internal and external requirements with regards to RDM, applying FAIR principles to research data, and so contribute to reuse and reproducibility of research.

Next, you will contribute to the further development of RDM, FAIR principles and Open Science within TU/e. This includes developing protocols and guidelines, setup an educational RDM program to raise awareness on RDM and handling privacy-sensitive data, as well as developing efficient strategies to implement RDM, FAIR and Open Science in data platforms. This role will also demand active participation in national initiatives of RDM, FAIR and Open Science.

You will primarily report to the Area Lead Research and closely cooperate with colleagues at the Library.

Job requirements

We would like to onboard a new colleague who brings the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • An academic level of work and thinking, preferably a completed Master or PhD in the technical or medical sciences, and affinity with research practice;
  • Senior experience as a Data Steward, gained in an academic environment;
  • Experience with setting up educational RDM programs;
  • Profound knowledge of national and international privacy regulations (AVG/GDPR), and of the security demands in case of confidential and sensitive data including health-related data;
  • Skilled in transferring and sharing knowledge to staff, students, junior researchers and senior researchers;
  • Experience in coaching or guiding teams, preferably with an Agile approach;
  • Experience in interacting with stakeholders at all levels of the organization;
  • Combination of strong interpersonal and technical skills;
  • A good understanding of the (inter)national initiatives in RDM, FAIR and Open Science;
  • Ability to connect and translate various requirements (i.e., legal, policy and technical) into solutions and best practices with regards to research data management and data stewardship;
  • Customer-oriented, and a supportive way of working, you gain energy from supporting and solving issues for others;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and in writing. Proficiency in the Dutch language is not a requirement, but it is a strong advantage.

Conditions of employment

An exciting position within an international yet personal university. You are right in the middle of the students, on a green campus within walking distance of the central station. Besides beautiful architecture, you will find varied workplaces and excellent sports facilities. We also offer you:

  • A challenging job in a dynamic setting, where you can develop both your technical skills and communication competences;
  • You will be appointed for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension.
  • A unique mix between academic and industrial environment, due to our close collaboration with research groups at the university and with our industrial partners;
  • A competitive salary scheme (salary scale 11 or 12) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities The salary level depends on your experience, education and knowledge.
  • On top of this you also receive extra annual holiday allowance (8% in May), an end-of-year allowance (8.3% in December, a socalled 13th check.)
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, excellent sports facilities, savings schemes, and 41 days of holiday based on 40 hours a week.

Here you can discover even more information about our conditions of employment . Build on your career at TU/e!

Information and application

About TU/e
TU/e is a leading international university that educates engineers of the future and pushes the boundaries of science and technology for a better world. An international community of over 4,000 employees and more than 12,000 students work and study on the vibrant and inspiring campus.

More information
If you have any questions about the content of the position, please contact Sandor Schmikli, Product Area Lead Research IT, on  

For more information about this vacancy, please contact our internal recruiter: Bas den Bakker,  or +31 (0)6 512 06 442.

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If you are interested, please use the ‘apply’ button to send us your CV and letter of application with your motivation and a description of your qualifications.

Screening of candidates begins as soon as applications are received and continues until the position is filled. Where applicable, internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates where they are equally suitable.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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