Data Stewards Position in the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

The department of Earth Sciences seeks to appoint a data steward to work as one of four data stewards in the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

The Department of Earth Sciences harbors largely unexposed data from scientific collections and observations from the period 1950-2020, mostly derived from marine expeditions and field campaigns. Over 100,000 samples and cores are archived in databases, but the metadata and analytical results are as yet hidden in non-accessible concrete and digital formats. Unlocking data sets, collections and simulations are important for future research and for expanding opportunities for public engagement.

The overall project aims to identify/define and implement community standards for FAIR-ification of data for ongoing and future research projects, which make use of instrument setups in the Faculty’s Geolab building.

Duration: Temporary position for 9 months


  • Their job will be to work with laboratory researchers and technicians to analyze current data gathering techniques, discuss needs and wishes to make lab data open and FAIR-compliant, and
  • Work out feasible solutions to make data suitable for further processing, archiving, and publishing activities.
  • Besides that, they will support other departmental researchers to store, (re)use, and analyze research (meta-)data and information in line with the FAIR principles.
  • In addition, they will liaise with (data management, information security, privacy) expertise available in the Faculty of Geosciences and in affiliated projects which are in the interest of the department.


  • The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €2,960 and €4,670
  • Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, and flexible employment conditions
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Job Requirements

Applicants for the Data Stewards Position in the Faculty of Geosciences should have the following qualifications:

  • Has completed a university master involving at least a minor in geosciences;
  • Is socially intelligent, and has excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Has demonstrable understanding of methods and techniques of processing scientific data;
  • Is a trusted and proactive advisor to research and teaching staff;
  • Is creative in finding suitable solutions using co-creation principles;
  • A strong affinity with information technology and security and privacy;
  • Experience working with Python, MS Access, (T)SQL, and/or PL/SQL.

Application Process

Interested applicants can apply and ensure that they attach the following documents:

  • CV
  • A motivation letter

To apply for Data Stewards Position in the Faculty of Geosciences, click here.

Application Deadline: September 18, 2022.

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