Scientific Information Specialist ‘Science and (bio)medical sciences’: building on open science (1.0 FTE) (Deadline: Aug 30, 2021) | Universiteit Utrecht

Utrecht University (UU) has the ambition to lead the way in Europe in the field of open science. These developments in science presents new opportunities and possibilities for the University Library (UB) external link to use its knowledge and expertise in making research and education output findable, accessible, interoperable and (re)usable (FAIR). One area that is developing strongly is FAIR research data.

You will work within the Academic Services sector of the University Library. The sector adapts its services flexibly to the changing needs of researchers, lecturers and students. In the coming years, Academic Services (approx. 35 FTEs) will continue to develop and innovate its products and services in direct interaction with its 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 have a great deal of freedom to organize your own work.

To strengthen the team, we are looking for a specialist in science and (bio)medical sciences.

On behalf of the library, you will be the point of contact for researchers, lecturers and students within the Faculty of Medicine and the Biology programme. In addition, you and your colleagues are committed to providing the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Science with the best possible support in research.

You are able to engage in constructive communication with your 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 research data management and information skills, such as systematic reviews.

Your tasks:

building and maintaining a relevant network of relationships within the Faculties of Medicine and the Biology programme and with colleagues inside and outside the University Library;
ensuring proper information provision and stimulating optimal use of the University Library services for research and education;
informing, advising and supporting researchers on developments and solutions on scientific information provision strategies and scientific communication, for all phases of the research cycle;
you provide advice in the field of research data management within both faculties;
you give online and offline training courses and workshops and you work together with stakeholders and colleagues on this;
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 (bio)medical sciences and at least three years of relevant work experience.
You know the perspective of academic researchers, lecturers and students and you are creative in translating the wishes of these users into appropriate (technical) solutions.
You have demonstrable experience and knowledge in the field of digital research and affinity with open science, particularly in the field of research data management. (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. You have good advisory skills. You know how to represent our organization in the network of collaborating partners and in particular within the Faculty of Medicine and the Biology degree programme.
You have a strong affinity with the process of scientific communication in an academic environment. You know how to transfer and share knowledge, both in groups and with individuals.
You are strong in transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually.

This 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 position for a period of one year, with the prospect of an extension for indefinite period if proven suitable. The salary – depending on your education, experience and the specific tasks you will perform – is at least €2,790 and a maximum of €4,402 gross per month for a full appointment (salary scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

You will receive a laptop and smartphone from the University Library. You can also count on attractive fringe benefits, such as 8% holiday pay and an end-

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