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Data Manager
Delft, The Netherlands
€ 2.960 - € 4.670
36-40 hours per week

Data Manager

36 – 40 hours | Delft | € 2.960 – € 4.670

Would you like to help researchers make their data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR)? If so, join us!

Job description

The massive quantity of data produced by scientific research creates new challenges in terms of storage, curation and dissemination of such data. The field of Research Data Management provides strategies and services to allow research data to be published and made findable and reusable on the web.

TU Delft seeks a Data Manager to help meet these challenges. As Data Manager, you will simultaneously be part of two teams:

  • The Research Data and Software Services team at the TU Delft Library (official affiliation and reporting to the Head of the team)
  • The Digital Competence Centre at TU Delft – virtual team consisting of four Data Managers, six Research Software Engineers and one Coordinator, who will also be your daily supervisor.

During your work you will join various TU Delft-based research groups for a period of six months to a year to provide hands-on, expert support with research data management. Your role will be to support researchers in making their research data as ‘FAIR’ as possible: findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. You will provide tailored support in organising data, co-developing programmatic FAIR workflows and data pipelines, and publishing research data and metadata. You will pay particular attention to how data is structured to maximise its potential for reuse both within and outside the project group. You will have experience using programming skills to work reproducibly with research data. In addition, you will support research groups through various training curricula designed to empower them to improve digital competencies.

The teams:

Research Data and Software Services Team – official affiliation

The Library’s Research Data and Software Services Team plays a leading role in promoting high-quality Research Data Management. The affiliated team of data stewards based at the faculties helps extend outreach to a wide range of researchers at the university, embedding FAIR-focused practices and approaches to RDM over a wide range of disciplines.

Digital Competence Centre – Virtual team

The Digital Competence Centre (DCC) ( consists of data managers and research software engineers. The DCC Support Team assists and empowers researchers to develop skills in applying the FAIR principles to their research activities and software development practices. The support team complements other colleagues supporting good data and software management at TU Delft, including the Faculty ICT Managers and Data Stewards.

The DCC support team provides researchers with IT skills, good practices and toolsets required for implementing the FAIR principles into any research project. The DCC is an initiative of the TU Delft Open Science Programme, which is committed to making open research and education a daily practice.

The DCC support team works closely with research teams at TU Delft for a short period of up to twelve months at a time. This type of support is aimed at research projects which see the creation of scientific data or development of scientific software as one of their primary outcomes. Data Managers with the DCC also offer expert advice about the design, implementation and refinement of data management workflows for making research outputs reusable and interoperable.


Required skills for candidates:

  • Have a good understanding of the role that data management plays within contemporary research
  • Have at least a Masters degree, ideally with a strong data component
  • Have experience working with research data and with setting up tools and workflows for implementing good data management practices
  • Have skills in some combination of the following: Git, Python, R, Matlab, Bash, SQL or NoSQL databases, LAMP servers, REST APIs, OPeNDAP, NetCDF, Docker
  • Experience in project management, documentation, and reporting
  • Be willing to learn about and engage with a variety of types of data and research projects
  • Have good people and communication skills, with a good level of English
  • Be willing to collaborate with other colleagues from your team(s), and also with Data Stewards, Data Champions, colleagues from the Library, ICT, legal etc.
  • Pedagogical skills or experience delivering hands-on workshops would be a
  • Willingness to learn Dutch

Desired skills for candidates:

  • Have experience with remote collaboration and co-development using platforms like GitHub/GitLab
  • Have experience in handling confidential data
  • Experience in a university environment and working with scientists
  • You have a proactive disposition and are willing to challenge our current working methods
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a positive attitude: you should genuinely enjoy working with people, helping to solve problems, and building professional relationships

Conditions of employment

  • Duration of contract is 1 year with prospect of permanent.
  • A job of 36-40 hours per week.
  • A salary based on scale 10 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of €2.960,- and a maximum of €4.670,- gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.
  • Please note that this position is based in the Netherlands (working remotely from abroad is not possible). EU citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

University Corporate Office – TU Delft Library

TU Delft Library is the largest technical-scientific library in the Netherlands, a physical and virtual meeting place. The Library helps to find valuable knowledge needed for education and research, and to publish and store the knowledge generated at TU Delft. We believe it is important that knowledge is easily accessible and freely available to everyone. In this way, knowledge can flow freely and TU Delft’s knowledge can become valuable to others. The Library is also a place where everyone can study in peace and quiet. This fits in with our inclusive organisation. The Library has chosen three strategic themes to guide its daily activities. 1) Open Science. We make an important contribution to TU Delft’s broad strategic programme “Open Science – Research and Education in the Open Era”. 2) Visibility and impact. With our expertise and tools in the field of research data management, research intelligence and publishing, we increase the findability, visibility and impact of TU Delft knowledge. 3) Inspiring learning and working environment. Through stimulating programming, we show how freely available and reliable knowledge makes life richer. This makes the Library a place where you can find new ideas and insights.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Marta Teperek at

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? To apply, please upload your CV (max. 2 pages) along with a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) by March 10th, 2023 via the apply button. Please ensure that your documents are in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.
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