Publishing Officer

Publishing Officer

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18 Feb 10 Mar Delft

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Job description

The department Research Support is looking for a committed, enthusiastic and innovative professional in scholarly communication who likes to dive into pioneering work, and will develop into a TU expert in the field of open publishing. With focus on embedding the publishing platform within the faculties and among key stakeholders, and on the projects regarding new methods and tools that promote the visibility, findability, impact and reuse of scientific output. Publishing Officer is an advocate of open access approach to scholarly output.

Typical responsibilities of a Publishing Officer include:
* raising awareness on open publishing principles in scholarly communication and the TU Delft OPEN publishing services in particular, by presenting the services to research staff at the faculties;
* advising faculties on optimal publishing- and dissemination strategies including social media channels, possibly through to-be-developed seminars, workshops and trainings;
* coordinating TU Delft OPEN publishing services and workflows such as publishing advice, similarity check, indexing or archiving;
* overseeing the day-to-day operation of the publishing platform including books, textbooks and journals, production flow, marketing and evaluation;
* liaison among prospective authors and editors of the university;
* liaison with editorial boards, authors, and, as appropriate, third-parties such as reviewers, proof-readers, editors, designers;
* acts as a guide for authors or editors in their journey in open publishing;
* coordinates the webpages of the publishing platform;
* contributes to the strategic development of the publishing platform and makes recommendations about innovation;
* coordinates innovation and development activity to ensure the sustainability of the publishing services;
* participates in development projects thereby helping realizing innovation roadmap.
* participates in international discussions and forums

Publishing Officer will join a resourceful team working on institution’s open publishing solutions; he/she reports to the Head of Library’s Research Support. Working at TU Delft means making part of an innovative institution that constantly seeks the limits; a world-class player where young students and experienced researchers work together for the future. In this dynamic environment you co-shape a new initiative to provide optimal support for the institution in its efforts in disseminating scientific output and open science.

Please contact Alenka Princic, Head of Research Support, e-mail:, phone: 06-14346498.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


* The jobholder is required to have a good overview of the publishing process, gained from significant experience of work within the scholarly publishing;
* Knowledge of strategic trends in scholarly communication and academic publishing;
* A good understanding of issues and trends in open access, such as rights and licensing issues, or trends in (peer) review practices;
* Experience in developing or managing academic publishing;
* Knowledge of marketing and communication techniques relevant to the publishing environment;
* Experience in the professional use of social networking tools and social media metrics;
* A good understanding of national policies and local, i.e. institutional differences;
* Understanding of an academic culture and scientific process, and open science principles in particular;
* high level of proficiency in English and willingness to learn Dutch

Essential personal qualities encompass ability to work on own initiative, ability to work as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, with an ability to communicate with academic staff and students, and the public. The jobholder has managerial skills combined with hands-on mentality for daily practice, has experience of collecting, interpretation and reporting of management information.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with prospect of permanent employment.

It is a position with a size 30 - 40 hours, (0.8 - 1.0 FTE). It is a temporary employment contract for a period of 1 year with a view of permanent employment. The salary is based on scale 10 from the collective agreement for Dutch Universities with a minimum of €2704 and a maximum of €4274 gross per month for a full-time appointment.You will be classified on the basis of knowledge and experience.You will accrue pension via the ABP pension fund.

Besides of course the holiday allowance in May, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December. You can also compile a part of your terms of employment package yourself with the help of the Individual Terms and Conditions package, including buying and selling leave hours.

A good balance between work and private life is important. That is why you can make agreements about flexible working hours, you have many vacation days and parental leave is partially paid.

We think it is important that you can develop as well as possible and that you can carry out your work. We support this in various ways, including an extensive range of courses, career coaches or discounted sports.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


University Corporate Office - TU Delft Library

The TU Delft Library is the largest technical-scientific library in the Netherlands and has the task of safeguarding the availability of technical-scientific information for TU Delft and all of the Netherlands. We focus as much as possible on providing digital services and digital, technical-scientific information. The Library performs its services with a strong attention to customer service and quality but also aims higher. Where its responsibilities to the university and the Netherlands are concerned, the Library strives to expand its role to new territory. Our expertise enables us to improve the information and knowledge holdings of the university, contribute to the increase, valorisation and exploitation of the knowledge available, and to make this available to parties outside the university. User surveys are highly valued for the Library’s innovative services.

Research Support is a team that is a pioneer in the field of research support at all stages of the research lifecycle, from idea creation to publication. The team is responsible for providing research analytics and bibliometric analyses to the staff of TU Delft, managing and archiving scientific output, and supporting academic visibility. Research Support services focus on dissemination of scientific output. To do this, the department manages a number of publication platforms. The Library is also an open access publisher for Delft output and manages relevant publishing activities including innovation in publishing.

The TU Delft Library is an advocate of open science and an early adopter of the principles of openness in scholarly communication. Building upon experience of its staff the Library has recently added a new open publishing platform to its portfolio of publishing services. The platform will provide TU Delft research staff with new opportunities for publishing their research conform the principles of openness. This initiative will initially deliver open access academic publications – articles, journals, monographs, textbooks - under the name TU Delft OPEN Publishing. It will expand to include innovative approaches and take part in (inter)national projects concerning scholarly communication


  • Policy and staff; Education
  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €2709—€4274 per month
  • Higher professional education +
  • AT/UD/TUDL/2019-01


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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