[IRTalk] Digital Curation Manager || Vacancy at the HSRC

Lucia Lotter llotter at hsrc.ac.za
Thu Dec 6 12:46:57 SAST 2018

Dear Colleagues

The vacancy described below is likely to be of interest.

We are looking for a Digital Curation Manager to join our Digital Curation team at the Human Sciences Research Council.

Full details are provided at https://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/Job/Index/26822

Closing date: 12 December 2018

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Lucia Lötter<http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/staff/view/?i=L&f=Lucia&l=Lotter>, PhD
Head Digital Curation
eResearch Knowledge Centre
Human Sciences Research Council
http://www.hsrc.ac.za<http://www.hsrc.ac.za/>  Private Bag X41, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Tel 27 (12) 302 2110 Fax 27 (12) 349 8797 Email llotter at hsrc.ac.za<mailto:llotter at hsrc.ac.za>
HSRC Research Data Service http://datacuration.hsrc.ac.za<http://datacuration.hsrc.ac.za/>
HSRC Institutional Repository http://repository.hsrc.ac.za/


Human Sciences Research Council

Reference #

Digital Curation Manager 11/2018



Contract Type


5 Years


Market Related


Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa


In delivering 'social science that makes a difference' the Research Programmes, Units, Institutes and Centres of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake policy-oriented research from its offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Port Elizabeth. Our public purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The eResearch Knowledge Centre (eRKC) intends to enhance the HSRC's research capability through innovative information services, geospatial solutions and digital curation. It is an informed research enabler that provides innovative knowledge services and access to resources that meet the needs of the HSRC's research community and its stakeholders. Since data and outputs are fundamental to the HSRC's research endeavour, dedicated capacity is required to ensure that the HSRC's data and outputs are described according to best practice standards, preserved and available for use. The HSRC wishes to appoint a suitable candidate on a five year contract as a Digital Curation Manager at the Pretoria office.

Job Functions





*Train and assist staff in research units to
manage research data according to best practices that supports the preservation and dissemination of data;
publish research outputs in line with the publishing mandate of the HSRC, including routes to open access and adherence to publisher policies.
*Curate deposited data and related documentation by
validating and checking deposited data and documentation;
reviewing and completing structured metadata and compiling user guides to describe datasets and facilitate re-use;
preparing preservation and dissemination files;
*Curate deposited research outputs by describing and making these available for use.
*Manage the use of curated data and research outputs by
managing requests and enquiries;
promoting the use of curated data sets and research outputs;
training users to access curated data and -outputs;
preparing reports on the curated data and -outputs and the use thereof.
*Manage the curation process by
reviewing Data Management Plans;
developing Standard Operating Procedures;
managing curation projects;
supervising the curation work of staff in the unit;
doing quality assurance on data, as well as data and research output curation practices;
managing organisational performance information pertaining to research data and outputs
*Represent the Digital Curation unit, the eRKC and the HSRC at internal and external forums, by
participating in the development of the IT infrastructure that supports curation;
building capacity in the wider curation community;
participating in local and international conferences to the benefit of the HSRC.


*A post-graduate qualification or a four year graduate qualification and studying towards a post-graduate qualification in the social or information sciences;
*Do you have at least 7 years' experience in a data management / research output management environment?
*Working knowledge of statistical software such as SPSS, Stata and SAS for curation purposes (checking and enhancing quantitative data sets) and high proficiency in MS Office;
*Knowledge of research methodology and research data (quantitative and / or qualitative) in the Social Sciences;
*Knowledge of metadata and archiving practices, as well as knowledge of international best practice and trends in the area of data and outputs curation;
*Problem solving skills and the ability to search for and implement solutions;
*Good interpersonal skills and a strong service orientation which will contribute to cooperative and effective interaction with colleagues;
*Good planning, organising, writing and presentation skills;
*Willingness to work under pressure, according to plan, so as to meet deadlines.

The level of appointment will depend on qualifications, experience and recent performance. All shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a written competency exercise for this position. The HSRC offers attractive, market-related salaries, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

In your application, please include a comprehensive CV, a letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position, and the names of three contactable referees (telephone and email details). Please indicate the reference number of this position. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above-mentioned requirements.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
If you experience challenges uploading documents, you may send them to recruitment at hsrc.ac.za indicating the reference number in the subject line. For further information about the HSRC or the post, please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za).

Enquiries may be directed to Dr Lucia Lötter + 27 12 302 2110

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date:
Applications will be accepted until close of business of 12 December 2018. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. Applicants who have not been contacted within 8 weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications. The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment.

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Job Closing Date


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