Open Research Officer (Research Data)

Requisition ID:  25539

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  26 May 2023


Salary: £33,348 to £35,308 with progression to £43,155 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 11 June 2023



The Role 


This post offers an exciting opportunity to join our Library Research Services team in providing high quality, expert services to the research community at Newcastle University. Against the backdrop of rapid change in the academic publishing landscape, you will specialise in scholarly communications, with a focus on research data management, whilst also promoting the wider remit of Library Research Services in providing guidance and advice to researchers in support of open research more generally. You will work closely with all stakeholders, both internal and external, to ensure the service reflects and underpins the University Research Strategy.  


This post is suitable for blended working.  


If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact: Amanda Boll (


Key Accountabilities 

  • To work with colleagues in planning and developing research services in the University with a focus on research data management

  • Working with relevant colleagues, including those in IT and Research Strategy and Development, to develop, implement and promote best practice in research data management ensuring compliance with University and funder policies

  • To maintain a strong awareness of the changing landscape in open research and scholarly communications, using this to benchmark, evaluate and enhance services provided at Newcastle

  • To design and deliver advocacy, training and support activities for academic and professional staff, with a focus on driving engagement with open research data, and the broader scholarly communication agenda

  • To develop a working knowledge of the University’s research support systems, including data.ncl, NUProjects, MyImpact and the Institutional Repository

  • To offer a metadata service that ensures data sets are accurately and consistently described, and uniquely identified

  • To prepare reports in a range of formats relating to research data management, particularly with regard to compliance with funding body requirements


The Person (Essential) 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • Knowledge of open research practices such as research data management and open access combined with a detailed understanding of the wider research environment  

  • Knowledge of the research lifecycle and how this varies across disciplines  

  • Experience of developing and delivering successful training to researchers and generally promoting good practice  

  • Ability to contribute to institutional polices on open research, research integrity and research culture  

  • Awareness of the components of research system infrastructures including Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and data repositories     

  • Experience of evaluating data and activities, making recommendations to ensure continuous service improvement  

  • Excellent team working skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective networks both internally and externally.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including sharing information across all appropriate channels   

  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage and prioritise own workload, and to meet deadlines  



Attributes and Behaviour Liaises effectively with stakeholders, colleagues, Suppliers and customers. 

  • Looks for opportunities and impacts arising from External developments 

  • Understands how best to communicate with the other person/group, correctly interpreting the right way to approach a situation. 

  • Explains effectively how proposals will support the interests of others

  • Persuades, convinces and influences others in order to achieve results and gain support

  • Effective at organising and managing heavy and complex workloads

  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives



  • Educated to honours degree standard or equivalent, or demonstrable relevant experience


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 25539