10 July 2019

Didcot, Oxfordshire

£38,318 - £42,576 p/a

Fixed Term


About the Organisation

The Scientific Computing Department (SCD) has a programme of work in developing information technology tools, methods and services to support Open Science. This includes managing and publishing research data and research publications and other related research artefacts, in particular within the FAIR data guidelines. The programme has the ultimate aim of assisting the users of STFC’s facilities and programmes maximise their value and impact through the use and reuse of research data.

SCD is working within European programmes to further this aim. In particular, the FREYA project is developing the infrastructure for persistent identifiers (PIDs) as a foundation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). SCD leads this project, which is developing and deploying methods and tools to support the use of PIDs for research outputs, including publications, data and people.

A particular aspect of this project is the cross-linking of research resources to produce a view on the relationships between research resources and their impact. SCD is working with STFC facilities to develop use cases for future service development.

About the role

The main focus of the post is on design and development of tools and prototype integrated systems that will lay the ground for PID-based services satisfying the needs of STFC’s own use cases and more widely in Open Science. These systems would need to interact with existing systems such as STFC’s institutional repository ePubs as well as query external PID-based systems through APIs and access to metadata. The post will involve design and integration of such prototypes for presentation to STFC’s facilities and wider communities with interests in PIDs, and will involve close collaboration with other FREYA project partners in their own developments.

Reporting to the FREYA project coordinator at STFC, requires a high level of autonomy and responsibility. You will be responsible for making sound technical decisions that balance the vision of the project with the realities of existing IT infrastructures, for leadership of particular tasks within the project and for writing up the work in a clear fashion in project deliverables intended for a wide audience.

There is also a requirement for an in-depth appreciation of the context of the work (requirements and usage of PID systems as well as FAIR data/Open Science in general) to help inform the overall direction of the project in such areas as services, policy and sustainability. Interactions with senior people in the FREYA partners will be expected, as well as representing the project in forums such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Working in a collaborative project environment is required, including contributing to project deliverables, presenting at meetings or elsewhere, attending coordination calls, writing documentation, and participating in dissemination activities such as international conferences.

National and international travel is required to work with project partners.

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