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Collaborative Research Data Specialist

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Sep 22, 2023

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Collaborative Research Data Specialist

About the Opportunity

The Northeastern University Library seeks a technical specialist to implement an expanding range of services targeted at collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects. Reporting to the Head, Research Data Services the Collaborative Research Data Specialist ($75,000 - $85,000) operationalizes the library's engagement with impact engines - clusters of researchers (faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students) seeking to address key challenges of the 21st century. The Data Specialist will work with research leaders and administrators across the global network to plan for effective library engagement in nascent and established impact engines and will work to determine and establish the proper systems/workflows to ensure effective research data integration across all spaces. The Data Specialist will also work with library colleagues to develop service offerings that are customized for each impact engine type.

This is a two-year, grant-funded position with possibility of renewal.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Collaborative Research Data Specialist will work with impact engines to set up lab notebooks, collaboration environments, and communication methods, and will handle informatics needs within the impact engines. They will assess needs specific to data capture, organization, and storage, document gaps in technology and communications infrastructure, and explore solutions. The Specialist will implement approved collaboration solutions including communication tools, collaboration environments, and productivity platforms, coordinating technology this integration work with colleagues in ITS and Library Technology Services as needed.

We invite people with various skills and levels of expertise to apply to this position. Candidates who meet some, but not all, of the qualifications listed below are also encouraged to apply. We also seek colleagues who are committed to building an inclusive and diverse working environment and who have been and remain underrepresented or marginalized in the field of librarianship - including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ+ people, individuals with disabilities and applicants from lower-income and first-generation library or academic backgrounds.

About this project and the Library:

The Northeastern University Library has been awarded a grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study and develop effective practices for collaboration and communication by researchers distributed across multiple locations, as is increasingly the case in Northeastern's expanding global campus network. This project will focus on Northeastern University's “impact engines,” interdisciplinary teams that span two or more of Northeastern's campuses and research locations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users.

Additional Information:

This position is based in Boston and is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. Specific arrangements can be negotiated at the time of hire.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree or higher in a STEM field
  • Significant experience working in a team setting; preferably in a higher education setting
  • Demonstrable understanding of the challenges of interdisciplinary research
  • 5+ years of experience in team research and/or supporting research teams
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff, including setting performance objectives, and coaching/mentoring individuals to achieve maximum productivity
  • Excellent oral and written skills, ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals, and prepare project documentation
  • Demonstrable project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and leading workshops and individual consultations
  • Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive staff and work environment

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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