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Technical Research Officer, Algorithmic Archive Project

Oxford, United Kingdom
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Created: June 10, 2024


The Bodleian Libraries has ambitions to significantly increase its commitment to archiving  web-based content, including social media data, algorithms, and other important resources which impact how these materials are generated and experienced. As part of this strategic development we will soon begin the Research & Scoping Phase of a the Algorithmic Archive project, which will research and propose a roadmap for the Libraries’ services in this area. We now need to recruit two complementary Research Officer roles to undertake the investigation work required by the project:

  • Curatorial & Policy Research Officer

  • Technical Research Officer

The two roles will work together closely, and as part of the wider Bodleian team. Both roles are full-time (37.5 hours per week) and offered as 12- month fixed-term contracts. Working from home will be possible, though some elements of the project’s work may require you to be on Libraries’ premises or elsewhere.

What we are looking for

We are looking for candidates who are knowledgeable about social media platforms and who will be able to communicate a passion for documenting contemporary life as reflected in social media and algorithmic data.  In addition, you will be capable of designing, delivering and documenting the project’s investigations; and of using the project’s research findings to support the practical aims of the project to develop a roadmap for Bodleian services which reflects user and business requirements. You will have strong communication and organization skills; the ability to work independently and in a team; and the potential to contribute to professional networks to support the development of sustainable community standards and approaches.

You will have substantial practical experience in configuring, implementing, and developing complex software, ideally including specific expertise in techniques, tools and standards applicable to social media and algorithmic data, and/or in the area of digital libraries or repositories.

What We Offer

The salary range for these roles is £36,024 - £44,263 (per annum)

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing, and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • 38 days of annual leave

  • A comprehensive range of childcare services

  • Family leave schemes

  • Cycle loan scheme

  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

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Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example, shared parental leave.


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Published: Monday, June 10, 2024 20:12 UTC

Last updated: Monday, June 10, 2024 20:12 UTC