(Senior) Systems Engineer/ RDMI Specialist/ RDMI Architect - DANS

Location: Den Haag
Max hours per week: 38.00
Max salary: €5,943.00
Duration of agreement: 1 jaar
Apply until: 06/30/2022


Function description

DANS is looking for a well experienced and self-motivated individual to take responsibility for our systems engineering functions.


You will join approximately 20 colleagues in the Technology Section at DANS, comprising developers, functional controllers, R&D, ICT support and DevOps, all focused on creation of reliable, sustainable, and beneficial research data infrastructure within a wider federated ecosystem. DANS is a future-oriented and innovative institute, which is frequently involved in state-of-the-art projects within the national and EU context.


You will be taking responsibility for the following tasks within DANS, and report to the CTO:

  • Contribute to development and formulation of the DANS RDMI architecture and providing inputs into the DANS Technology Roadmap at the hand of internal and external consultation.
  • Engaging in regional and international working groups and initiatives, e.g. RDA and the EOSC Task Forces.
  • Leading external project work packages aimed at integrating DANS repository infrastructure into the broader ecosystem or aimed at establishing new services for DANS and the community.
  • Creation, curation, and maintenance of DANS Systems Engineering documentation: requirements, specifications, tests, and standards.
  • Actively follow technology trends and important technology topics in order to contribute to the DANS Business Intelligence function.


Function requirements

  • You have a postgraduate qualification in informatics, engineering, library science, or computer science (or a science graduate qualification combined with experience in the development and provision of research data management infrastructure).
  • You are very experienced in research data management, ideally gained in a data repository environment.
  • You have thorough knowledge of metadata and data standards in at least one scientific discipline.
  • You are familiar with formal systems engineering practice, agile development methodologies, manual and automated testing techniques, and have some coding experience.
  • Some experience in uUser and stakeholder engagement, formalisation of requirements and specifications.
  • You have experience with team leadership, workgroup, and committee involvement.
  • You have some research publication and/or advisory or synthesis reporting experience.
  • You are ideally familiar with repository software: Dataverse, DSpace, YODA, Figshare, and similar.
  • Involvement in regional, national and international forums, initiatives and working groups in the field of Research Data Management will be beneficial.


About DANS
DANS Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW) is the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. We are a service provider that helps researchers to make their data available for reuse. This allows other scientists to use the data for new research and makes published research verifiable and reproducible. With more than 180,000 datasets, dozens of European projects and a staff of 60, DANS is among the leading data repositories in Europe.

Working at DANS means working in an informal and international environment where colleagues from diverse backgrounds work together to achieve organizational goals and where people receive confidence and room to execute, develop and grow. Internally, we apply the same principles as we do with our services: we are accessible, reliable and innovative.


Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €4,629.00 and the maximum salary is €5,943.00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale12 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). 

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.


Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.


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