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Open Repositories Team Lead

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell, Oxfordshire, OR Daresbury, Warrington
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Business & Non-Engineering

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Open Repositories Team Lead
Salary: £46,700-£51,370 -  Band E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Hours: Full time although part time (minimum 30 hours per week) will be considered
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire OR Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
Hybrid working options can be offered with a minimum number of days required on site per week (a typical minimum is 60% on site).

About Us

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society. 

About the role
We are looking for a repository manager to join the team to implement and lead a programme of work to review, update, host and maintain the current institutional repositories ePubs and eData.

The role involves:
Leading and manage the review, migration and implementation of a new repository platform to support STFC open science practices, research archive for publications, research data and other research outputs.  
Liaise with stakeholders to understand, define and prioritise requirements.
Specifying the configuration of the repository, including the submission workflows, metadata requirements, user interface and any other customisations.  
Liaising with stakeholders to ensure the technical aspects of the project are coordinated and delivered successfully.
Leading a project team working across teams and functions to ensure the project goals are met and delivered.
Overseeing ongoing management of the repositories including content curation activities and development of a team of content curators.

About you 
Experience of implementing and administering research repository systems.
Knowledge and track record of requirements gathering for the implementation of services.
Experience of working a project team and managing complex projects through the project life cycle.
Experience of working in a multi stakeholder environment and ability to prioritise and resolve conflicting requirements.
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team working across hierarchies and structures
Degree or equivalent qualification in information science, computer science, or a related field OR relevant work experience.

Able to lead, manage and develop a distributed team
Professional awareness of the developments in the research repository landscape.
Awareness of current trends and developments in open science.
Interest in scientific research for example through education or experience of working in a science related organisation or role. 

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups. 

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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