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Research Data Manager

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I1258M IT RC Software/Data Mgt IV

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Research Data Manager



Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in data organization and large data management systems
  • Demonstrated experience with the systematic curation of large data sets
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the research data lifecycle
  • Prior experience and demonstrated ability to interact with scientists, computer professionals, and project managers
  • Strong organizational skills, communication skills (written, oral and presentation); a concern for accuracy, details, and quality
  • Comfortability keeping up with emerging trends, best practices, and new knowledge in the fields of data management, the research data lifecycle, and information technology
  • Tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty in a constantly evolving field
  • Adaptability and ability to prioritize work and to be flexible in job tasks
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
Additional Information

We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.

We regret that Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.


FAS Research Computing

Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Identity


35 hours per week

Job Function

Information Technology


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of seven years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Certificates and Licenses
  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
Working Conditions
  • This is a full-time position with flexible hours and a hybrid in-person/remote work schedule option to be agreed upon at hire. The selected candidate will periodically need to be on campus as business needs require. All remote work must be performed in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, NJ, RI, WA, VT, and VA).
  • Occasionally required to work outside normal business hours and may be contacted during off hours.
  • The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Position Description

FAS Research Computing (FASRC) maintains nearly 60PB of storage across a variety of different platforms and storage tiers, including parallel file system high performance compute storage, general-purpose research storage, administrative data storage, and long-term storage. To ensure effective organization and accessibility of research data, the Research Data Manager plays a critical role in promoting, developing and supporting full data lifecycle planning.

This position will work with the FASRC team, Harvard Library and Research Labs to develop data management and data lifecycle planning to ensure security, visibility, accessibility, and reproducibility and to drive sustainable use of FASRC resources. The Research Data Manager will also participate in University and campus data management initiatives and committees with the goal of ensuring process-driven data management.

Typical Core Duties:
  • Assist labs in interpreting data usage and classification metrics to optimize storage utilization.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of large-scale research data management workflows to further research efficiency, reproducibility, and sustainability

  • Develop and implement data storage, data lifecycle, and domain-specific data management plans for research

  • Identify trends with regards to the research data management needs of labs, departments, and project types to determine how data storage management plans can be more broadly developed and applied

  • Serve as primary data management contact for campus leadership, working groups, and stakeholders

  • Conduct knowledge transfer sessions on the data management platform.

  • Collaborate with researchers to classify existing data. Establish relationship with labs to set local data steward to identify and archive data.

  • Develop efficient methods for archiving identified data.

  • Advocate for campus research data management best practices and policies

  • Work with researchers to visualize and classify existing data

  • Advocate for the customer base to ensure the availability of appropriate research data management resources

  • Perform the role of Service Manager for Research Data Management as a service providing timely and comprehensive support to researchers through communication channels.

  • Advise PIs on appropriate storage tier(s) for research needs accounting for performance, disaster recovery needs, cost, etc.

  • Identify opportunities for tool and workflow optimization

  • Oversee staff for the development and implementation of tools for data visibility and management.

  • Act as a trusted advisor to peers/clients/staff

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( ) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

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Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only).


 Harvard FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the home of Harvard’s undergraduate program (Harvard College, founded in 1636) as well as all of Harvard’s PhD. programs (the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1872). The 40 academic departments and more than 30 centers of the FAS support a community unparalleled in its academic excellence across the broadest range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Together, the FAS seeks to foster an environment of ambition, curiosity and shared commitment to knowledge and truth that elicits excellence from all members of our community and prepares the next generation of leaders through a transformative educational experience.

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