Auto req ID
I1258M IT RC Software/Data Mgt IV
Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge
Research Data Manager
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
- 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
- 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
- Adaptability and ability to prioritize work and to be flexible
in job tasks
- Highly self-motivated and directed
We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our
faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive
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
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
FAS Research Computing
35 hours per week
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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
Certificates and Licenses
- Minimum of seven years’ post-secondary education or relevant
- Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses
(or external equivalent) preferred
- 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.
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
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
- Serve as primary data management contact for campus leadership,
working groups, and stakeholders
- Conduct knowledge transfer sessions on the data management
- 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
- Work with researchers to visualize and classify existing
- Advocate for the customer base to ensure the availability of
appropriate research data management resources
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and
- 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,
- 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
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 ( https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards
) 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
- 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.
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).