Data curation librarian VICTORIA , BC


Nine-month term only (no extension), full-time appointment

July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

Min. salary will be $35.63/hour + 6% in lieu of benefits

About the University of Victoria

The University of Victoria ranks consistently in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.

Description of Position

Situated at the University of Victoria Libraries, on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day, the Data Curation librarian (DCL) will assist faculty and students in managing the lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types, and support the use, curation, preservation, and reuse of data. The DCL will collaborate with librarians and staff across the Libraries’ in order to develop an integrated set of research data services supporting students and faculty, as well as departmental or cross-institutional research teams. Specifically, the DCL will:

  • Work with colleagues to develop and deliver RDM workshops for faculty and graduate students
  • Work with subject librarians to understand faculty data management needs and challenges and support the writing of data management plans
  • Work with librarian colleagues and with the Vice President of Research Office to help faculty understand and comply with funding agency requirements for research data management planning, sharing, and preservation
  • Work with colleagues to recruit data sets for sharing and preservation, as well as facilitate the curation and publishing of those data sets on Dataverse, FRDR, and other repository platforms
  • Act as the application administrator for Dataverse, including account & collection creation and template development
  • Participate actively in library efforts to improve data literacy skills across campus
  • Work with colleagues to develop and promote library activities related to the discovery, analysis, manipulation, and visualization of data
  • Develop and deliver student and faculty workshops on data analysis methods and tools
  • Stay abreast of national Research Data Management infrastructure initiatives and policy developments
  • Provide in-depth research consultations and liaison services for faculty and students in the Departments of Chemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics
  • The DCL is situated within the Advanced Research Services (ARS) unit of UVic Libraries and will report to the Head, ARS

Required qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited school of library science, or a Master’s or higher degree in another discipline with expertise and excellence in professional practice relevant to the position if the candidate agrees to complete an MLS from an accredited school of library science before the end of the probationary period (or the equivalent combination of education and experience in archival science in the case of an Archivist)
  • Demonstrated understanding of research data management principles (e.g. FAIR, CARE)
  • Familiar with data management planning practices and tools (e.g. DMP Assistant)
  • Experience with data analysis tools including NVIVO, R Studio, and OpenRefine
  • Familiar with metadata standards and practices for describing and citing data sets
  • Familiar with the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and features of data repositories
  • Ability to manage projects and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with students, faculty, librarians, staff, and community members
  • Superior written and spoken communication in English

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience developing and delivering workshops for an academic audience
  • Additional advanced degree in a Science subject
  • Experience submitting data sets to a repository
  • Experience using Dataverse repository software
  • Experience using Github and Open Science Framework

Application Process

Please submit an application letter; a CV; and, the names of three references by noon, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries at

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted. Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process. UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Closes: 19 May, 2021

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