Research Data Curator

Company HSRC
Reference # eRKC RDC 10/2019
Published 10/10/2019
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Ref no: eRKC RDC 10/2019
5-Year contract
Pretoria office
Internal only
Job Functions Data Management
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:

Train and assist staff in research units to
•manage research data according to best practices that supports the preservation and dissemination of data;
•document research activities and describe research data;
•deposit data and related documents for curation in acceptable electronic formats;
•anonymise data for dissemination purposes.

Curate deposited data and related documentation by
•validating and checking deposited data and documentation;
•reviewing and completing structured metadata;
•developing unstructured metadata, such as study and user guides to describe datasets and facilitate re-use;
•preparing preservation and dissemination files;
•recording actions performed during the curation process.

Promote the use of curated data by
•raising awareness about data re-use amongst stakeholders and providing relevant training;
•assisting data users with queries.
Key requirements:

•A graduate qualification in any data intensive scientific domain;
•Working knowledge of statistical software such as SPSS, Stata and SAS;
•At least 1 years’ experience in a data management / research / data curation context.
•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;
•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 HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: In your application, please include: your CV (pdf), a letter of motivation, and the details of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details). Ensure that you indicate the reference number of the position for which you are applying. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position. Only internal applicants will be considered for this position.

Submission of Applications
Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone.
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you encounter challenges in applying for this post please contact Skills map directly – for Telephonic support: +27 12 420 7200; for Email support: skillsmapsupport@sage.com
Alternatively applications may be e-mailed to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za

For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za). For enquiries (NOT applications or CVs) may be directed to Ms Mesele Matlala at mlmatlala@hsrc.ac.za

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

Closing date: 15 October 2019. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 18/10/2019
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