[Rdap] Job Posting: Research Data Manager - Columbia University

Danianne dm2764 at columbia.edu
Fri Sep 14 17:10:55 EDT 2012

Job Posting: Research Data Manager - Columbia University

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Digital Research and 
Scholarship (CDRS) (http://cdrs.columbia.edu/), a division of the 
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, the *Research Data 
Manager* will work closely with the Office of the Executive Vice 
President for Research, staff within CDRS (particularly the Digital 
Repository Manager and the Head of the Scholarly Communication Program), 
data librarians and librarian subject specialists, and others within the 
Columbia University community on planning, outreach, and policy 
development to address the data life cycle needs of researchers at 
Columbia University and its affiliates. S/he will also work closely with 
the Libraries Digital Program Division staff and the Metadata Librarian 
on implementation of best practices in data curation, storage, 
archiving, and preservation.

  * Works as an active member of CDRS in a senior role, contributing to
    the Center’s initiatives and leading specific projects.
  * Works with library divisions and appropriate campus units (Executive
    Vice President for Research, CUIT, Research Computing Executive
    Committee, etc.) to plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable
    services for data-intensive research across the university.
  * Works with library colleagues to acquire original research data and
    to provide training and outreach relating to research data.
  * Promotes the use of repositories, including Academic Commons
    (http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/), for data management, public
    access, and preservation.
  * Works with faculty, graduate and post-doctoral students, academic
    and administrative units, and research centers to enable them to
    better manage, describe, archive, preserve, and make available
    university research data.
  * Advises and trains faculty, graduate and post-doctoral students, and
    administrators in writing data management plans.
  * Participates in campus initiatives, committees, and task forces
    related to data management and storage and in developing policies
    for data management as part of the campus research community.
  * Monitors developments in data standards and best practices and
    participates in discussions regarding cooperative data curation and
    data life cycle management activities and services on the local,
    regional, national, and international level.
  * Oversees interns interested in working on research data issues.

Required Qualifications

  * Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Computer Science, Information
    Systems, Management Information Systems, Information and
    Communications Technology, or related degree) or equivalent
    experience; advanced degree preferred.
  * 4-6 years of related experience.
  * Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to
    the management, curation, and archiving of digital data.
  * Familiarity with entire research data life cycle.
  * Experience with institutional, data, or subject repository systems.
  * Proven ability in and desire for doing outreach and training across
  * Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within
    and across organizations.
  * Demonstrated record of managing projects and bringing them to a
    conclusion in a timely fashion.
  * Familiarity with common metadata standards, e.g., DDI; understanding
    of ontology and semantic relationships highly preferred.
  * Excellent analytical, organizational, management, oral and written
    communications, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  * Master’s degree in library or information science or in computer
    science, information systems, or related technical field.
  * Track record of working collegially inside and outside of a library
    organization to innovate and deliver new services in a research
  * Experience working with projects involving various data and metadata
    standards (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD, TEI, DDI, METS, MODS, PREMIS).

*To apply:*

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé 
online at:


One of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia provides 
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual 
community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia 
also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity, and cultural richness 
of New York City.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) 
(http://cdrs.columbia.edu/) partners with researchers and scholars to 
share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital 
technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia’s research community with the 
online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly 
communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. CDRS is a 
part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, which, 
grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also 
building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries are 
committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation, and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and 
excellent benefits.

*Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.*

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