Job: Scientific Information Specialist 'Science': building on open science (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) End of Play: Jan 09, 2022.

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Job description

Utrecht University external link has the ambition to lead the way in Europe in the field of open science. These developments in science present new opportunities and possibilities for the University Library external link to use its knowledge and expertise in making research and education output FAIR. One area that is developing strongly is FAIR research data, code & software.

You will work within the Academic Services sector of the University Library, whose services are flexibly adapted to the changing needs of researchers, lecturers and students. In the coming years, Academic Services (approx. 35 FTE) will continue to develop and innovate the products and services in direct interaction with the customers. The services focus on supporting education and research, as well as open science. The department works in a result-oriented manner. This means that you will have a great deal of freedom to organize your own work. To strengthen the team, we are looking for a Scientific Information Specialist.

Function You will work on developing and implementing open science services such as open access, research data, reproducible code and software, and research evaluation. On behalf of the library, you will be the point of contact for researchers, lecturers and students within the Faculty of Science external link. In addition, you and your colleagues are committed to providing the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Geosciences with the best possible support in research and education. You are able to engage in constructive communication with the stakeholders, and use this skill to advice researchers on scientific information provision and processing, open science and scientific communication. You will work on developing and implementing open science services such as: open access, research data, reproducible code and software, publishing rights issues, and research assessment. You provide training in the field of FAIR data, open science, and information skills such as systematic reviews.

Your tasks

  • Building and maintaining a relevant network of relationships within the Faculty of Science and with colleagues inside and outside the University Library;
  • giving online and on site trainings and workshops and iteration of (online) training modules;
  • supporting your Faculty of Science colleague by selecting literature and databases, together with scientists;
  • ensuring the proper provision of information and stimulating the optimal use of the University Library services for research and education;
  • informing, advising and supporting researchers on developments and solutions on open science and scientific communication, with an emphasis on FAIR data, code & software and open access;
  • contributing to the (further) development and innovation of new services for the creation, management and (re)use of research data and information in academic research and education.


  • You have a Master's degree in a relevant field and at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • You are strong in transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually. Experience with building and providing training or education is a plus.
  • You have good advisory skills and you understand the perspective of academic researchers, lecturers and students and you have a strong affinity with the process of scientific communication in an academic environment.
  • You have affinity with digital research and you want to contribute to developments on open science, open access, FAIR data, FAIR code and software.
  • (Basic) knowledge of programming (preferably Python or R) is a plus or you are willing to develop in this area.
  • You have experience in building and maintaining a professional network, preferably in an academic environment. You know how to represent our organization in the network of collaborating partners. Because of the network you will be building, this is a role to maintain for several years.

The position requires strong communication skills and personal characteristics such as: customer orientation, analytical skills, result orientation, organizational sensitivity, networking, and team skills. You have an excellent command of English. For international candidates, we require a minimum command of the Dutch language (level B2).


We offer a temporary appointment for a period of one year, with the prospect of an extension for an indefinite period if proven suitable. The gross salary - depending on your education, experience and the specific tasks you will perform - ranges between €2,968 and €4,474 per month for a full-time appointment (salary scale 9 or 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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12/22/2021, 09:37