Software Steward

Software Steward

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9 Feb today Enschede

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Job description

We are looking to expand our team in the UT’s Digital Competence Centre (DCC) with a centrally appointed software steward: a data steward with a specialty in software, to aid our faculties in implementing and sustaining good research software management.

The University of Twente assigns high priority to Research Data Management (RDM), the handling of research data during the entire research process, and to making this data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). The context of the RDM policy at the UT is formed by regulations regarding Open Science, the code for scientific integrity and FAIR data. Research data stewards support researchers with all parts of RDM such as a data management plan, data collection, data storage, data cleaning, data analysis and long term archiving. A new venue of support for our DCC is that of research software management: making software output from research FAIR. To this end, the DCC has been awarded project funding for a period up to two years to provide an impulse to research software management in the organization.

As software steward, you will actively be involved in the impulse to implement and embed proper research software management at the UT. You will also be part of the DCC: an innovative university-wide network of expertise on RDM, ICT for research, and digitalization of science.

Your tasks
  • you are involved in the (further) development of a UT-wide research software management policy;
  • you support and advise faculties in the implementation of the research software management policy;
  • you assist faculties in translating the research software management policy into the daily practice of their work;
  • you take stock of needs and wishes of stakeholders regarding research software management policy, including current initiatives that may inform central and decentral research software management guidelines;
  • you can take a user's perspective and are able to translate their needs into applications of research software management;
  • you take the initiative in establishing short and long-term contacts with researchers to discuss matters regarding research software management;
  • you provide training in the field of FAIR software / research software management;
  • you follow (inter)national developments in the research software management field, keep abreast of new tools and software and you consider whether and how you can use these to benefit researchers;


University of Twente (UT)


  • A master's degree and at least two years of relevant work experience, having a PhD is an asset;
  • Demonstrable experience with and knowledge of the management of research software and/or other research output such as data;
  • At least basic knowledge of programming work in terms of analysis (e.g. Python, R) and version management (e.g. GIT);
  • Knowledge of / experience with (open source) software and associated licenses for re-use;
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationship networks or an active interest in this aspect of the advertised position;
  • Experience with scientific research in a university environment or similar setting;
  • Ability to come up with creative solutions, advising and transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually;
  • Good command of the English language is required (at least level C1), fluency in Dutch is a plus.
  • 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 0,8 – 1,0 fte appointment for a maximum direction of two years. The duration of the position may in part depend on the size of the appointment and will be decided with the successful candidate;
  • The salary, on a full-time basis, depending on education and experience, is a minimum of € 3.226 and a maximum of € 5.929 gross per month (scale 10/11 collective labor agreement Dutch Universities);
  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%, a solid pension scheme and health care benefits;
  • 29 to 41 leave days per year in case of full-time employment.


  • IT
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5929 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1632


University of Twente (UT)

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