DTL – Data Steward: Will you help strengthen FAIR data stewardship in Dutch life science research?

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Are you interested in strengthening data stewardship in life science research? Here is your chance to join the DTL team in establishing a collective approach to data stewardship in the Netherlands.  

A FAIR working environment

You will be working in the coordinating team that supports a growing national expert network in academia and companies, operating at the forefront of FAIR approaches for Open Science. DTL offers you an interesting environment to work across life science and technology domains. We bring together life science researchers, engineers, data stewards and trainers who are working on the widefelt challenges in (FAIR) data stewardship and data analytics. The application of advanced technologies is important in our activities, ranging from “omics” to bioimaging and from bioinformatics to e-science. DTL covers all life science domains, connecting health to nutrition, agro, biotech and biodiversity. Training and capacity building are important activities in DTL. As a nation-wide network we actively participate in international alliances such as ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for life science information.

Your role

In our projects organisation we are building a portfolio of national and international projects with the collective aim to advance (FAIR) data stewardship in Dutch life science research. Under supervision of our Data Programme Manager you will help realise the tangible deliverables in these projects. You will work with DTL partners who are building their in house data expertise centers and data collections, and with DTL Technology Hotels to help harmonise their data operating procedures. Also, you will be involved in the organisation of Bring Your Own Data workshops. All these activities cover various aspects related to good practice in data stewardship, and will need to be dealt with in synergy. The FAIR Data Train concepts of the Personal Health Train and Farm Data Train illustrate where we want to go.

Your profile

You have demonstrable expertise in/affinity with data stewardship and research data management aspects of life science research, preferably with a PhD in a life science subject that fits the scope of DTL’s field of work. You have strong communication skills (fluent Dutch and English, also in writing). As a team player, you have a pragmatic attitude and like to take initiative. You take pride in enabling science and existing projects rather the desire to build your own scientific career.  

We offer

You will be appointed at DTL Projects, offering a flexible working environment. We offer you a role in our team that leaves ample room for your personal touch, embedded in a national and international expert network. Our office in Utrecht serves as your basis, where we convene as a team. For your project activities you will also travel to meet and work with our partner groups. Working from home for part of your time is well acceptable.

We offer you a 0.8 – 1.0 fte appointment for 1 year, with possible extension. Starting salary level is €4,033 – €4.542 in VSNU Scale 11-12) depending on education and experience. Salary excludes 8% holiday allowance and end-year bonus, following the labour agreement of the Dutch universities.

Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae to ruben.kok[at]dtls.nl before September 15, 2018. For more information, please contact ruben.kok[at]dtls.nl or rob.hooft[at]dtls.nl.

About DTL’s organisation

DTL, the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences is a public-private partnership of 60+ life science organisations in the Netherlands. DTL partners work together on shared solutions for advanced data analytics and data stewardship, and for development and access to advanced technologies. Building on each other’s expertise and methodology is a great value in DTL: we strive to facilitate – where feasible – collaboration among life scientists, technology and data experts and trainers on topics that surpass the capacity of individual groups. Within the framework of the DTL network, a separate projects organisation supports collaborative projects that fit the scope of DTL. This DTL Projects Foundation (Stichting DTL Projects) offers a formalised structure to establish collaborative multi-party projects. DTL has its offices close to Utrecht Central Station. Check www.dtls.nl.


FAIR: https://www.dtls.nl/fair-data/

ELIXIR: http://www.elixir-europe.org

Personal Health Train: https://www.dtls.nl/fair-data/personal-health-train/

Farm Data Train: https://www.dtls.nl/fair-data/farm-data-train/