Data Steward

Data Steward

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Tilburg University | University Services is looking for a Data Steward (0.8 FTE) for the Division Library & IT Services, Research Support, location Tilburg. Duration of employment contract: 12 months .

Job description

Are you interested in the process of academic research and would you like to support scientists in applying the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)? Would you like to contribute to facilitating researchers as effectively as possible in the field of research data management (RDM)? Then we invite you to apply for the position of central data steward! 
As a central Data Steward, you will be working at the Research Data Office (RDO). The RDO is part of the Research Support team within the Library & IT Services (LIS) division. The RDO consists of three central data stewards and focuses on advising and supporting researchers and support staff in the field of RDM. The RDO maintains close contact with the data stewards working within the faculties. As a central data steward, your tasks will include: 

  • Supporting, guiding, and advising the research community on FAIR data and FAIR software, for example, in the development of data management plans or the selection of appropriate storage facilities for a research project. 
  • Co-organizing, developing, and delivering training sessions and workshops on RDM, as well as ensuring good information provision and supporting materials (for example, via the RDM portal). 
  • Reviewing and curating research data before they are published in our institutional data repository, DataverseNL. 
  • Contributing to the development of institutional policies and guidelines in the field of RDM. 
  • Collaborating with multiple experts, both within faculties (e.g., faculty data stewards), central services (e.g., university library, IT), and national organizations (e.g., SURF, DANS, eScience Center) to provide the best possible advice and support to researchers. 
  • Monitoring (inter)national developments in the field of RDM and contributing to the implementation of appropriate services within Tilburg University to ensure an optimal infrastructure for researchers. 


Tilburg University


Your qualifications  

  • You have a completed university education (WO level) and knowledge of the scientific research process. 
  • You have affinity/experience with research data management. 
  • You have knowledge of and/or interest in open science, FAIR data and software, and digital research methodologies. 
  • Work experience in an academic or research environment is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of or experience with (research) software and programming is a plus. 
  • Tilburg University is an international university, firmly rooted in the region and therefore bilingual. We expect our employees to meet or achieve the language proficiency level appropriate for the position: CEFR level C1. Of course, we offer you the opportunity to take an English language course to reach the desired level. 

Your talents 

  • You show personal leadership: you take responsibility for your work and career and have good self-knowledge.   
  • You have a sense of team spirit: you feel part of a team and express this through collaboration, sharing knowledge and experiences, and contributing to an open and inclusive work environment. 
  • You are a connector: you actively seek connections with researchers and support staff to address their current issues within research. 
  • You are eager to learn and curious: you enjoy learning and exploring new topics. You do this with an intrinsic motivation to learn and improve. 

Conditions of employment

This is a position for 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week) of the full-time working week. The salary amounts to a minimum of € 3.226 and a maximum of € 5.090 gross per month for full time employment contract, based on UFO profile Data Steward and salary scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral salary system for scaling that is based on relevant education and work experience. 

This is a vacancy for a structural position in accordance with Article 2.3, paragraph 1 of the CLA for Dutch Universities. You will be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 12 months. After this period, if your suitability has been proven and you continue in the same position, you will receive an employment contract for an indefinite period.  

You are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual income. If you work 40 hours per week, you will receive 41 paid days of leave per year. Tilburg University offers excellent employment conditions. We think flexibility, professional and personal development, and good employee benefits are important. We make clear agreements about career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimal balance between work and private life. You can also follow numerous training courses, for example in the areas of leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development. 

Tilburg University values an open and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity and encourage the mutual integration of groups of employees and students. We focus on creating equal opportunities for all our employees and students, so that everyone feels at home in our university community. Tilburg University has a lively campus in beautiful green surroundings that is easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution. 

Please visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment. 


Tilburg University | University Services

Service society and making it better for its citizens. That is what drives us. Tilburg University's founder, Martinus Cobbenhagen, believed that anyone who wants to understand society must be actively and consciously involved in it. These ideas still form the basis of our university.

Under the motto Understanding society, our more than 2,800 employees develop and transfer knowledge and bring people from different disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. In doing so, we work from the fields of economics, business and entrepeneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and administration, humanities and digital sciences, and theology.

We educate our 20,000 students of 132 nationalities to become Tilburg University Shaped Professionals: responsible and entrepeneurial thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility and empathy, who are able to influence and give direction to a rapidly changing society in an innovative way.

University support is invested in University Services, organized into seven divisions:

1. Academic Services
2. Marketing & Communication
3. Human Resources
4. Finance & Control
5. Library & IT Services
6. Facility Services
7. Executive Services


  • IT
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 22285



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