Position announcement

Research Data Management Advisor, FAIR Island – Tetiaroa Project

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FAIR Island – Tetiaroa is a 2-year project coordinated by the California Digital Library (CDL) and University of California Berkeley. The Project is seeking a part-time Research Data Management (RDM) Advisor who will work alongside the project team to implement and oversee exemplar research data management policies and practices at the Tetiaroa Ecostation, a field station on the atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia. The RDM Advisor will also help analyze and report the downstream impact of utilizing best practices to our research communities. The position is housed at UC Berkeley through the Gump South Pacific Research Station.

Project Description

The FAIR Island / Tetiaroa Project addresses optimal research data management policies and requirements at a working field station, affording us the unique opportunity to shape strong data policies and examine the outcomes. It offers a real-world example to use best-practice data management tools and policies, to prove the capabilities of machine-actionable data management plans (maDMPs) and to analyze the downstream effects of policies and maDMPs in resulting release of data.

Our goal is to translate the broader FAIR principles into a set of specific requirements and implementable activities that demonstrate how good data management practices and policies accelerate research in a multi-institutional, international setting for the benefit of all stakeholders. Some questions guiding our work include:

  • What information generated within this controlled environment can we move between systems and workflows? 
  • What are the minimum set of persistent unique identifiers (PIDs) and ontologies needed
  • How can we best transform the DMP workflow to optimize its functionality within a controlled environment? 

We’re developing the FAIR Island initiative to create a model research data management environment that can be shared with, and implemented by other place-based research efforts at Field Stations and Marine Laboratories around the world.

Role of the Research Data Management Advisor

The RDM Advisor will work with project staff to implement our newly deployed data policies and systems, adjusting to the realities on the ground. This practical application of the FAIR data principles allows us to experiment with varying workflows in order to identify the optimal system for achieving project goals. The RDM Advisor will focus on analysing the systems as they are used, supporting participating scientific teams in implementation of policies and use of tools, looking at the downstream effects of adherence to the FAIR Island data policies and procedures, and making or recommending any necessary adjustments.

Core Responsibilities/Deliverables

  • Support the implementation of data management policies and procedures
  • Facilitate onboarding of researchers in regards to data policies 
  • Review incoming DMPs, provide feedback to the principal investigators (PIs), and advise the FAIR Island project team on the optimal management of the DMP process
  • Curate datasets within relevant tools already adopted by the project (e.g.,GEOME) and identifying other tools to use as necessary 
  • Provide analysis of datasets generated from the project and assessing the impact on promoting open science and its benefits of the exemplar data policies
  • Contribute to the assessment of resources needed at field stations, marine labs and place-based research  networks to syndicate FAIR Island infrastructure and policies
  • Serve as a bridge between the FAIR Island project and researchers. Communicating policies and procedures to researchers and keeping FAIR Island project staff informed on how the new processes are being adopted by researchers
  • Deliver a final report on initial implementation including specific recommendations for future development

Project Details

The Research Data Management Advisor will work part-time starting in Spring 2020 and for a duration dependent on a mutually agreed schedule over a period up to a maximum of 2 years. This role will be administered through the UC Berkeley Gump South Pacific Research Station and can be remote anywhere within the USA, although preference is given to those located in the SF Bay Area for in-person exchanges with project personnel at the UC Berkeley campus and the CDL offices in Oakland.  There may be occasional travel to the French Polynesia for project coordination at field sites as appropriate.

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Qualifications and Experience

  • Enthusiastic advocate for Open Science principles and research data management 
  • Demonstrated experience managing research data 
  • Strong organizational and leadership qualities
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in assessing and understanding FAIR data management plans and related standards
  • Ability to work remotely with distributed teams and across multiple time zones 
  • Advanced degree in ecology or related field preferred but not required
  • Fluent in English language is required. Knowledge of French language is a plus

Application Process

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by emailing Neil Davies (ndavies@moorea.berkeley.edu) with a short cover letter, CV, and any relevant portfolio materials. Project staff will discuss with candidates the expected time commitment, requirement details and the expected rate for services.