Research Data Steward (1.0 fte)

Research Data Steward (1.0 fte)

Published Deadline Location
13 Dec 9 Jan Rotterdam

You cannot apply for this job anymore (deadline was 9 Jan 2022).

Browse the current job offers or choose an item in the top navigation above.

Do you want to become part of a cooperative team of data stewards, while also enjoying the freedom of shaping data stewardship at a faculty level? Would you like to enable excellent research by supporting researchers in the fields of social sciences and humanities? And do you believe in the importance of FAIR management of data and software to reach this goal? Then read on and apply to become a research data steward at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

Job description

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) is looking for data stewards within the domain of humanities, behavioural sciences, law, language and culture. From a central embedding within the EUR digital competence centre (coordinated by ERS), you will be seconded to one or two of the faculty research support teams and provide direct support on research data management to researchers.

Your work

  • As a Data Steward you will directly inform, advise and support researchers and managers, throughout the research data life cycle (collection, management, storage and publication) in accordance with international standards of research data management (RDM).
  • You will initiate, orchestrate and actively support the institutional development of research data management procedures and best practices, ensuring an effective and client-focused research data organisation. These will range from Data Management Planning (DMP) of research projects, to research data curation and the selection of tools and storage solutions.
  • As sparring partner of the researchers and faculty research support teams of 1 or 2 faculties, you will contribute to the development and implementation of RDM policies and guidelines (e.g. data purchasing) and discipline-specific protocols, and you will assist with procedures for compliancy checks and grant proposals.
  • You will explore and analyse relevant national and international trends in RDM, organize training activities tailored to researchers’ needs, and inspire researchers to participate. 
  • You will co-ordinate the data management activities in conjunction with the relevant administrative and service departments of faculties, contribute to knowledge exchange (privacy and funder requirements, open science and FAIR developments, EUR services, etc.) and assist other data stewards when needed.
  • You will act as a liaison between researchers and the different EUR support units (mainly Erasmus Research Services, the University Library, Erasmus Digitalisation & Information Services and to international and national stakeholders (other local DCC’s, project partners, funders, networks, etc.). You will use your network to find optimal solutions for the researchers use-cases.
  • You will contribute to EUR-wide RDM projects, for example the development and improvement of RDM services, the web portal and DMP templates and protocols. You will protect interests of faculties in back-office projects like infrastructure developments and support roll-out of these new services.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


What we are looking for

  • A proactive problem-solver, results-oriented, analytical and highly sociable team player, with strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, able to interact with different offices and other stakeholders connected to EUR.
  • A demonstrably outstanding and driven organiser with an academic background (MSc / MA or PhD degree), preferably in social sciences, behavioural sciences, or humanities.
  • Experience with research methodologies and the way research data are managed in the field of the academic disciplines mentioned above, a broad understanding of how data and software underpin high-quality research.
  • Preferred experience with handling research data following protocols, documenting research data using standards, sharing data across institutional boundaries and working according to Data Management Plans or protocols.
  • Affinity and empathy with academic research and education, ICT skills and familiarity with ICT and internet-driven organisational and work processes.
  • Experience with policy work is a plus, especially with initiating, developing, implementing, and seeing to fruition guidelines and projects. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, also under time pressure, ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Excellent spoken and written proficiency in the English language (C1/C2).
  • Excellent spoken and written proficiency in Dutch (C1/C2) is a plus.

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of €3.821 to a maximum of €5.230 gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale 11 of the CAO-NU. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.


Erasmus Research Services

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) has recently been established as a support organization for researchers in order to achieve the university’s ambitions on research and impact. ERS is there to help researchers during the preparation and execution of research projects. Therefore, a comprehensive set of services is currently being set up encompassing amongst others, grant support, business development & knowledge transfer, data management support, legal support, ethics, open science and responsible research intelligence. ERS works in close collaboration with research support staff at faculties and other EUR central services. We do so by setting up support communities under coordination of ERS.


  • Research, development, innovation; Policy and staff
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • University graduate
  • PRO/ERS - 13122021


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Learn more about this employer


Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA, Rotterdam

View on Google Maps

Interesting for you