Data Curator (Research Domain Stewardship Specialist)

at University of Melbourne

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client-centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements, and acts as a shared services function within the University of Melbourne.

About the role

The Data Curator (Research Domain Digital Stewardship Specialist) will be a highly flexible, collaborative and innovative individual, committed to maintaining and improving the University's data capabilities and to ensuring the best possible services to the research and scholarly community. As part of a small team reporting to the Data Stewardship Coordinator within Scholarly Services, the incumbent will undertake operational and support activities, contribute to skills development and training, as well as investigative, improvement, development and project-based activities to advance strategic objectives in research data identification, management, curation, and preservation.

This role will work closely with existing capability in digital curation, digital preservation, and research data management experts. In particular, teams within Scholarly Services, Research Platform Services and the Petascale Campus Initiative (PCI) workforce and communities of practice. The incumbent will be part of coordinated program planning, delivery, evaluation and reporting, aligned with the strategic initiatives of Data Stewardship, Digital Preservation and the Petascale Campus. In partnership the incumbent will support the implementation of digital preservation at the University of Melbourne as an integrated part of the University operational capabilities in digital assets management, research data management and digital collections. This will involve aiding in the implementation of policies, procedures, central and domain specific guidance, and supporting governance for responsible digital asset management, including research data and records, and high-value collections.

About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • A research degree or equivalent experience in a subject area related to the University (e.g. STEM, HASS).
  • Knowledge or practical experience of information management including current technologies such as repositories, and standards in descriptive and preservation metadata.
  • Broad understanding of how research operates, including knowledge of research methodology and research data curation practices, and how data (digital) and software underpins high-quality research.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply conceptual thinking to practical situations, for example models around organising data, curation and discovery.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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