The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

Data Steward
at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science

Reference number: 13241

The University of Vienna plans to expand the existing Research Data Management services by offering discipline-specific support through a new Data Stewardship program. The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science is therefore looking for a highly motivated person (m/f/d) with professional experience in data management and processing, quality control, data evaluation and analysis or related fields for the position of a Data Steward. The position is temporary for a period of 3 years. The position may be extended if there are adequate funds available.

Duration of employment: 3 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §54 VwGr. IVa with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Job description
As a Data Steward at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science you will support the scientists in the sustainable handling of research data and the development of strategies for discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary research data management that complies with the FAIR principles. Together with the researchers at the Centre, as well as in exchange with experts from the research-supporting services of the University of Vienna, the Data Stewardship Coordinator of the and data stewards of other faculties, you will further develop Research Data Management within the Centre. You can expect a diverse and promising working environment.
Your tasks
• Providing advice and support to researchers in the area of Research Data Management and Open Science, with a focus on biological (sequence data, microscopy) and chemical-analytical data and data analysis.
• Design and development of innovative discipline-specific services in the area of Research Data Management.
• Linking to international platforms for the exchange and archiving of Research Data
• Building awareness for sustainable Research Data Management
• Development of processes, policies and standards for Research Data Management
• Designing and delivering needs-based training on Research Data Management and Open Science
• Support in the preparation of data management plans for national (e.g. FWF and international research projects (e.g. EU, among others
• Conducting needs assessments among researchers at the Centre
• Networking in internal university, national and international networks and initiatives

Your profile
• Master’s degree or a Diploma in one of the subjects to be supervised, or in the field of data science
• Interest in or experience with Research Data Management and Open Science
• Good knowledge of research practice, as well as a broad understanding of how research operates and how data and software underpin reproducible research
• Experience with designing and delivering training
• Very good command of written and spoken English
• Very good command of written and spoken German or a willingness to acquire it

• Willingness to undertake further training
• Strong social and communication skills
• Creativity and innovative spirit
• High service orientation, ability to work under pressure and flexibility
• Independent, accurate and systematic way of working
• Strong ability to work in a team

Language level Importance
Very good knowledge MUST
Very good knowledge SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 20.07.2022, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Müller Strassnig, Annina +43-1-4277-91101, Horn, Matthias +43-1-4277-91208.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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