Research Support Officer/Datasteward

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Research Support Officer/Datasteward
  • University Graduate
Do you have a good understanding of how research operates and would you like to contribute to the transition towards open science?  Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0,8

Job description

The officer is pro-actively involved in developing and implementing policy with regard to research data management and open science. He/she is in close contact with researchers, has the skills to make them enthusiastic about new standards in the dynamic academic world  and will work in close cooperation with other research support staff at the faculty.

The research support officer will also be part of a VU-wide network of Data Stewards and Research Data Management (RDM) experts coordinated by the university library. Through this network, Data Stewards are kept abreast of new national and international developments in the field of RDM, gain access to training, expertise and support from the library and other relevant central services.

Furthermore our new colleague will support the SBE Ethics Board, will advise researchers on privacy questions and is responsible for project management. The Research Support Officer will be part of the Research Office of the School of Business and Economics.

Your duties
  • Providing advice and support to researchers on all aspects of RDM throughout the entire data lifecycle, including guidance on writing Data Management Plans, FAIR Data, and open science
  • Supporting the implementation of the Faculty’s RDM policy by engaging researchers in effective RDM, raising awareness of the policy and its requirements, and helping translate policy requirements into solutions researchers can implement as part of their daily research practice
  • Providing advice to the Faculty’s policy officer on RDM policy development, review, monitoring, and implementation
  • Referring researchers to other RDM specialists and services inside and outside the Faculty and working together with these colleagues when it proves necessary to support a research project
  • Be an active member of the Data Steward Network coordinated by the Library and collaborate with other Data Stewards and research support staff in other departments and services to contribute to better integration between RDM services and coordinated protocols and workflows when these serve common needs across the VU
  • Coordinate meetings of the SBE Ethics Board and invite board members to review proposals (about 20-60 proposals per year)
  • Answer privacy-related questions (one of the privacy champions of SBE)
  • Project management / support and advice on grant applications


  • Have (or are studying for) a PhD in a relevant subject area (business, economics, social sciences), or have significant experience with how research data is managed in a relevant subject area
  • Have a good understanding of how research operates and how data and good data management underpin high-quality research
  • Experience with RDM would be a plus, but an affinity and a strong interest and enthusiasm for RDM and a willingness and ability to develop this expertise in the short term would be essential
  • Knowledge of how research software is managed would be a plus.
  • Have excellent communication skills (both oral and written and both in English and in Dutch)
  • A strong service-oriented, proactive, results-oriented attitude
  • Strong analytical skills

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses,
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

About the department
The Research Office advices researchers with a broad range of research-related questions.
We offer advice and support for funding, contracts, budgets, data management, valorisation, and project management. Furthermore, we are the first contact if you are looking for collaboration opportunities with one of our scientific experts. The Research Office coordinates all internal research-related policies, output administration (Pure) and the school’s annual output assessment and research time allocation. 


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 19 June 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Ina Putter
Position: Hoofd Research Office

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