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Job Opportunity: Research Associate WDS-ITO

The WDS International Technology Office (WDS-ITO); based at Ocean Network's Canada (WDS Regular Member) hosted at the University of Victoria, Canada, is seeking a staff member that will engage with WDS Members globally on a range of issues associated with making high-quality data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

Application Deadline: Open until filled.                                                                               

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to ncadmin[at]uvic[dot]ca

Full job description is available as a PDF file.

The staff member will be responsible for supporting WDS data management communities as they develop their data and metadata products, data distribution infrastructure and workflows. There are currently multiple active projects that this position will contribute to, as well as working to support the day-to-day functions of the office.

Because this project is multi-faceted and evolving, the capacity to be agile, independently investigate, ask specific, useful questions, learn, implement and report are important. The job primarily focuses on collecting and understanding use cases and issues that data repository managers and developers encounter as they implement new technologies in a range of data publishing environments. The employee will document these use cases and help devise solutions in clear scopes of work.

This position requires a master’s degree in Information Science, Library Science, Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics or Earth and Ocean Sciences or related field, plus minimum three years of experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

The candidate should have demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Research data management, web content management systems, developing metadata content, data repository management, data publishing.
  • Web services for scientific data discovery and delivery, data curation and data interoperability.
  • Demonstrated understanding of metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, ontologies, and/or data syndication
  • Public speaking, specifically giving webinars and tutorials and developing content and resources on web technologies or data infrastructure and management processes

  In addition, this position requires:

  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal; good interpersonal skills, especially when dealing with international clients; the ability to listen and ask relevant questions about what data managers are experiencing.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proven track record achieving project goals on time and produce deliverables of a high quality.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Experience with APIs, R and/or Python while not required, would be an asset.