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19 Jan 2024

Full-Time Data Steward

UKCEH – Posted by UKCEH Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary – £36,245 to £38,463 Depending on experience
Hybrid working 50/50
Permanent and Full Time (37 hours per week)
We’ll be shortlisting as we go and reserve the right to close this advert if we find the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply early.


UKCEH is looking for an experienced Data Steward to join our 600-strong team, contributing to scientific discovery and generating the data, insights and solutions that researchers, businesses and governments need to solve complex environmental challenges.


Working at UKCEH is rewarding. Our science makes a real difference, enabling people and the environment to prosper, and enriching society. We are the custodians of a wealth of environmental data, collected by UKCEH and its predecessors over the course of more than 60 years.


As a valued member of our team, you’ll get:

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after five years
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues plus access to our trained Welfare Officers
  • Flexible working opportunities

And much more…

We are looking for someone to join our distributed team of 18 talented people, across four sites, who is keen to help researchers maximise the quality and value of their research data.


In this role you will need to confidently communicate with a range of researchers and stakeholders, using your expertise to promote excellent data stewardship in our environmental science.


You will have a keen eye for detail, be adept at task-switching, in order to manage dynamic workloads and strive for continuous improvement.


If you have a background in science and/or research data management and are keen to provide research support, we’re keen to hear from you!


You’ll be joining a leading independent, not-for-profit research institute that’s committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support you need to thrive at UKCEH.

Your main responsibilities will include:

As  part of a diverse and multiskilled Data Stewardship Team you will:

  • Promote best practice in day-to-day data management, data stewardship and open science
  • Guide the development of Data Management Plans covering a variety of different disciplines and data types, to promote FAIR and open data
  • Keep abreast of new tools, technologies and techniques related to data use and identify where these can be successfully employed on projects, to improve quality and efficiency, and enable new science
  • Develop and deliver research data management guidance and training through a range of media


As a member of the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) team (part of the NERC Environmental Data Service and hosted by UKCEH), you will help curate nationally-important datasets concerned with the terrestrial and freshwater sciences through:

  • Liaising with depositors – guiding them through the process, resulting in citable openly-published datasets with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)


For the role of Data Steward, we’re looking for somebody who has:

  • A good degree (2:1 BSc or MSc) or equivalent, with a scientific background, e.g., environmental science, physical sciences
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, with a collaborative and inclusive approach
  • Confident to work within and lead small teams
  • Ability to manage own workload and small projects
  • Evidence of having initiative and working proactively
  • An understanding of the scientific process
  • Attention to detail

We would be delighted if you also had the following skills/experience:

  • Experience of research data management frameworks and their implementation
  • GIS experience
  • Data transformation skill
  • Communication and/or stakeholder engagement skills
  • A willingness to travel within the UK for short stay research community events


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