11 March 2022

Data Steward for the Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW)

job opportunity

The role of the data steward is to enhance and guide the researchers within the center to handle, store, share, and utilize their data in the best possible way across the many different interaction points within the center.

The Data Steward will be instrumental in realigning and shaping the centers future data structure and policies including the smooth integration of our electronic notebook solution with the KU-IT data center. Additionally, the Data Steward will raise awareness and progressively improve guidance to practical issues of GDPR questions when handling relevant human data sets.

The Center
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW has its Hub at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) as well as nodes at UCPH, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Leiden University Medical Center. Researchers within reNEW addresses fundamental questions in stem cell and developmental biology and will pivot research findings to clinical outcomes and products for patients with incurable disorders such as congenital kidney and heart disorders, type 1 diabetes and Parkinsons’ disease.

For the position, we are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious candidate to join the center as a Data Steward with a focus on user support, data management planning, monitoring and maintenance of our data tools within the center. In addition to the storage infrastructure provided by KU-IT (network drives, etc.), the center currently employs LabGuru as faculty wide electronic laboratory notebook and cooperates with the neighboring Center for Protein Research (CPR) on a large data platform. This is a new position embodying the center’s wishes to excel at data management practices and utilization across our three international nodes. The Data Steward will work in a close collaboration with the research IT SysAdmin to ensure smooth operations from end to end. As such, the Data Steward will be an active and collaborating member of the scientific platforms team and report directly to the head of platforms.

Job description
The role of the Data Steward is to ensure daily operations of the institute. The tasks include:

  • Optimization and maintenance of the data life cycle at the institute
  • Networks and data storage in collaboration with IT specialists and KU-IT
  • Teaching and supporting researchers with data infrastructure and integration of data into electronic laboratory notebooks
  • Design and support of future data storage and sharing resources at reNEW Copenhagen and in collaboration with our Leiden/Melbourne reNEW sister sites
  • Support and further education in relevant GDPR rules to enhance knowledge at the center

Your profile

  • A degree or an embodied experience in computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, or appropriate computational field.
  • Strong experience in data rich computing or network storage environment and/or strong experience with LIMS or relevant ELN solutions.
  • Strong interest in user support and training
  • Experience with resource management tools from a research environment and proven GDPR knowledge would be a plus
  • Team-oriented communication style and ability to connect to scientists from different fields
  • Good English communication skills, both oral and written, are required.
  • Ability to connect and actively participate in an exchange with other IT platforms nationally and internationally

We offer

  • Stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment
  • A combination of active scientific service platforms to interact and to develop ideas together and expand available methodology at CPR and reNEW
  • Possibility for continued education and training
  • Attractive employment conditions
  • Centrally located workplace.       

Employment conditions
The employment is a permanent position and is scheduled to start as soon as possible upon agreement with the chosen candidate. The place of work is at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, Copenhagen.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) at the level of special consultant (research consultant) or in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and PROSA (association for organized IT Professionals), salary group 3 or 4.

In addition to the basic salary, a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added and classification will depend on the right candidate’s educational background, experience and qualifications with the possibility of negotiating a qualification supplement depending on experience and qualifications. The working hours are 37 hours a week.

Your application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply now” below and must include:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  3. Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s).

Only applications received in time and consisting of the above-listed documents will be considered. Applications and/or any material received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Deadline for applications: April 1, 2022, at 23:59 CET.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Laboratory and platforms Dr Malte Paulsen malte.paulsen@sund.ku.dk or Bioinformatics Specialist Magali Michaut magali.michaut@sund.ku.dk

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.


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Malte Sören Paulsen


Magali Michaut
Application deadline: 01-04-2022
Date of employment: Start as soon as possible
Working hours: Full time
Department / Place: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW)