Posted on :
9 Jul, 2021
9 Jul, 2021
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
Job Title: Research Data Curator
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Reference #: eRKC/RDC/0721
Contract Type: Contract 5 Years
Salary: Market Related
Duration: 5 Years
The eResearch Knowledge Centre (eRKC) within the HSRC employs a group of practitioners and specialists in the areas of information services, geospatial analytics, and digital curation who provide knowledge services to enhance the HSRC’s research capability.
The eRKC is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional to take on the responsibilities of a Research Data Curator. The main responsibilities of this position are to, as part of the Digital Curation team, facilitate best practice Research Data Management, curate (preserve and share) Social Science research data, and promote the use thereof.
The vision of the eRKC is to enhance the HSRC’s research capability through innovative information services, geospatial solutions, and digital curation. The mission of the eRKC is to be an informed research enabler that provides innovative knowledge services and access to resources that meet the needs of the HSRC’s research community and its stakeholders. This is achieved by
•Managing various resource collections and support the use thereof,
•Supporting digital scholarship and providing support for organisation wide processes and requirements,
•Supporting geospatial analytics in the HSRC, and
•Raising awareness about best practices and building capacity in the HSRC.
The Research Data Curator role demands that the incumbent functions as part of the wider eRKC’ s team to ensure that its mandate in terms of research data related services is optimally fulfilled. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the HSRC Research Data Collection and facilitate its use, develop curation related policies and procedures, manage scholarship support services related to data, produce management and performance information related to research data, manage curation technologies, systems, and processes, as well as participate in the wider curation community.
•Curate deposited data and related documentation by
•Validating and checking deposited data and documentation.
•Reviewing and completing structured metadata and compiling user guides to describe datasets and facilitate re-use.
•Preparing preservation and dissemination files.
•Manage the use of curated data by
•Managing requests and enquiries.
•Promoting the use of curated data sets.
•Training users to access curated data.
•Train and assist staff in research units to
•Manage research data according to best practices that support the preservation and dissemination of data.
•Facilitate the curation process, raise awareness about data management policies of funders, and assist researchers to comply with these, advise on the development of data management plans, and assist researchers to find relevant existing data sets.
•Review data preservation and sharing plans.
This position requires in-depth knowledge and experience in the area of research data management, especially in terms of quantitative data. A specific skill set that combines high technical / technology proficiency, knowledge of research methodology, scholarship support, and experience with the management of quantitative research data is required. The requirements are the following:
•Degree / or equivalent qualification in the social or information sciences or a data intensive discipline;
•At least 5 years’ experience in a quantitative data management context.
•Working knowledge of statistical software, such as SPSS, Stata and SAS, including data processing using syntax and high proficiency in MS Office.
•Knowledge of research methodology and research data (quantitative and / or qualitative) in the Social Sciences;
•Knowledge of metadata and archiving practices;
•Problem-solving skills and the ability to search for and implement innovative solutions;
•Good interpersonal skills and a strong service orientation which will contribute to cooperative and effective interaction with colleagues;
•Good planning, organising, and presentation skills;
•Proficiency in speaking and writing English.
•Willingness to work under pressure, according to plan to meet deadlines.
In your application, please include:
•A comprehensive CV, a letter of motivation, and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).
•Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered.
The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a psychometric test, a written exercise and / or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.
Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
For further information about the HSRC, advert or the post and NOT for sending applications please e-mail Dr Lucia Lotter on [email protected] . You can further consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za).
The HSRC offers a fixed salary packages on internships and fellowships positions. Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.
Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.
If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.
Application Deadline: 21/07/2021