Research Datasteward (24 – 32 uur)

Research Datasteward (24 – 32 uur)

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26 Jan 17 Feb Enschede

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Job description

Library, ICT-services and Archive (LISA) is looking for a research datasteward to support FAIR data within the University of Twente.

Making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR), has a high priority at the University of Twente. Open Science, the new code for scientific integrity and FAIR data form the context of the Research Data Management (RDM) policy at the UT. In 2020 a project has started within the University of Twente to further  stimulate the implementation of the RDM policy. It is a joint initiative of the Library, ICT services & Archive department (LISA), the Strategy & Policy department (S&P) and the five faculties.

In the context of this project, data stewards are appointed that can support researchers with all parts of RDM such as a datamanagement plan, data collection, data storage, data cleaning, data analysis and long term archiving.

These data stewards shape the services together with the information specialists, the account managers of LISA and the research support staff at the faculties.

A recent call of NWO has given us the possibility to further strengthen our RDM support organization and we are looking for a datasteward who can specifically support FAIR data.


Your tasks

  • you actively work on raising RDM/FAIR data awareness among researchers and students;
  • you support researchers and students with FAIR data;
  • you assist researchers and research groups in translating the UT RDM policy into the daily practice of their work;
  • you can take a user's perspective and are able to translate their needs into technology and IT infrastructure;
  • you take the initiative in establishing short and long-term contacts with researchers to discuss FAIR data matters;
  • you can translate questions from researchers and students into possible new services and advise the project team on on FAIR data;
  • you provide training in the field of FAIR data;
  • you follow (inter) national developments in the FAIR data field, keep abreast of new tools and software and you consider whether and how you can use these.



The data steward gets an appointment at  the Embedded Information Services (EIS) department of the LISA service, where the information specialists, the other datastewards and the data librarian are also appointed. With this function, we want to strengthen the digital competence of the team. Work is carried out under the supervision of the project manager of the RDM implementation project. You will work together with the research support staff of the faculties,  the the data librarian, the datastewards in the faculties and the account managers of LISA.


University of Twente (UT)


What we ask:

  • a master's degree and at least two years of relevant work experience. You have demonstrable experience with and knowledge of the management and analysis of research data and / or privacy-sensitive data; having a Phd is an advantage.
  • you have knowledge of software and other IT facilities that are required for FAIR data and you have knowledge of programming work that is required for FAIR data  in terms of analysis and version management;
  • experience in building and maintaining relationship networks. As an independent professional you are an equal discussion partner for your contacts in the faculties;
  • you have experience with scientific research in a university environment or similar setting;
  • you are strong in coming up with creative solutions, advising and transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually;
  • You have a good command of both the English and Dutch language.
  • This role also requires personal qualities to which keywords apply such as: customer-oriented, analytical ability, result-oriented, initiative-rich, organization-sensitive, networker and team player.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary appointment for max two years. The size of this position is between 24 and 32 hours a week. The salary,on a full-time basis, depending on education and experience, is a minimum of € 2709 and a maximum of € 4978 gross per month (scale 10/11 collective labor agreement Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive secondary employment conditions.



Library IT Support & Archive (LISA) The Library, IT Support & Archive Department (LISA) provides a broad range of library, IT and archive support services to more than 10,000 students and 3,300 employees at University of Twente. We combine different disciplines with a view to offering better and more efficient services to those at our university engaged in education, research and operational activities. Through all of this, we support UT in contributing to a fair, sustainable and digital society as a learning community and a people-first university of technology. As an employer, LISA offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. At LISA, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.


  • IT
  • 24—32 hours per week
  • €2709—€4978 per month
  • University graduate
  • 2021-200


University of Twente (UT)

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