Full time Remote / Telecommute

Community Engagement and Support Officer - Thor Project

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Created: May 11, 2015


About DataCite

DataCite, formed in 2009, is an international not-for-profit consortium of over 30 institutions from 18 countries worldwide. DataCite makes research better by enabling people to find, share, use, and cite data. DataCite is a leading global membership organization offering reliable persistent data identification and is becoming an important component of the global research infrastructure. DataCite engages with stakeholders including researchers, scholars, data centres, libraries, publishers, and funders through advocacy, guidance and services.

About THOR

THOR is a 30 month project funded by the European Commission. The project is led by The British Library and the consortium consists of 10 project partners: ORCID, CERN, EMBL-EBI, PANGAEA, Elsevier Labs, Australian National Data Service, Dryad, and PLOS. With this expertise in Open Science and scholarly communication, the consortium aims at supporting and connecting the main building blocks in Open Science with new persistent identifier (PID) based services. Every researcher in Europe and beyond shall benefit from THOR capacity building and developments. As the leading entity minting identifiers for data sets, DataCite has a primary role in the THOR project.

Position Overview

The Community Engagement and Support Officer will head communication, outreach, and training efforts for DataCite activities related to the THOR project. The successful candidate will work with a diverse community of researchers, libraries, data centres, publishers and research funders to promote the uptake of PIDs for data sharing and citation.  This will be achieved by providing multi-­faceted outreach and training opportunities for a diverse community of users. Specific activities include:
  • engage with a dynamic community of thought leaders to guide and work collaboratively with ORCID to deliver THOR’s communication plan in this rapidly changing data driven research environment;
  • create effective and compelling outreach and training materials for THOR partners, the diverse DataCite community, and the broader community of stakeholders; and
  • plan and deliver webinars, workshops and events designed to inform and educate the diverse network of stakeholders relevant to THOR and DataCite.
Key areas of responsibility
  • Develop and implement a communication plan for DataCite and the THOR project. Work collaboratively across the THOR project to generate, capture and share information, and education and outreach materials through training and community events, and social media presence.
  • Develop and manage relationships related to the THOR project with the DataCite board, DataCite members, staff, external organizations.
  • Promote uptake of existing international identifier initiatives (ORCID, CrossRef) and existing institutional identifier schemas by developing stakeholder networks across research communities, libraries, data centres, publishers and research funders.
  • Work closely with the THOR Project Coordinator at British Library to ensure the successful delivery of the project aims within time, budget, resource and quality control constraints and according to performance indicators.
  • Knowledge and passion for data driven research, scholarly communication, the technical aspects of data management, and persistent identifiers.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills to draft clear, concise documentation, presentations, reports and specifications
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with people in new settings
  • Excellent project management skills and experience coordinating and promoting services. Strong experience in collaborative projects.
  • Ability to lead, build consensus and promote the exchange of information among geographically dispersed multi-national teams.
  • Ability to travel extensively in the EU.

Fixed term, full-time post for 30 months, starting June 2015
Flexible location; ideally co-located with a THOR partner

How to apply

Please send a CV and a letter of motivation to Patricia Cruse


Published: Monday, May 11, 2015 20:04 UTC

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