DataCite is looking for a Project Lead to manage a global Open Science project with partners across Europe and the United States. The role is funded by the ​​Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.

DataCite is a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research. DataCite was founded in 2009 to support the research community in identifying, locating, accessing, and citing research outputs with confidence. DataCite develops services that enable easier access to research and provide a way for researchers to share and get credit for the outputs they generate.

DataCite and partners recently received funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation to carry out a project on 'Implementing FAIR Workflows: a proof of concept study in the field of consciousness'. In this role, you would be leading this exciting project, showing implementation of FAIR workflows in practice.

Formally published papers that have been through a traditional peer review and editorial process remain the most important means of communicating science today. A major obstacle is that current research articles provide only a fraction of the information required to fully evaluate a scientific study. Most of the time, there is no underlying information available and no mechanism to easily link to the experimental design, the research data, and the analytical tools that were used to generate the reported outcomes. This challenge prevents the research community from being able to fully understand the results of the research, to replicate its results, and to decisively evaluate,and reuse existing research. Availability of the different outputs of a research project would enable reuse of data and software in order to aggregate findings across studies to evaluate discoveries in the field, and ultimately to assess and accelerate progress.

As a consequence, there is currently a big push to make science Open and FAIR to increase reproducibility and reusability of scientific results. Recognizing the importance of better management of research entities has led to critical advances concerning development of infrastructure for preregistration of studies, data repository platforms, standards for data sharing and ontologies.

The project seeks to contribute to these developments by providing an exemplar workflow which will take the concept of making one’s research FAIR and open, and will provide a concrete example and implementation based on the reality of an entire research investigation lifecycle. In doing so, this will test the challenges of the research team, the time investments, the availability of the metadata and tools needed to ensure FAIR research outputs, and the ability of a dashboard to meaningfully contribute to the research workflow and the impact of research outputs. For FAIR workflows to become standard for all researchers, they will need to have examples, that are easy to implement, of how to make their research outputs FAIR and open, and this project will be impactful as a demonstration.

Your responsibilities

The Project Lead has the overall day to day responsibility of the project and reports directly to the Project Director. The core responsibilities of the Project Lead include:

  • Coordination between project partners
  • Development and documentation of the end-to-end workflow
  • Close alignment with research group to establish use cases
  • Stakeholder engagement to verify use cases and solutions
  • Communication of FAIR workflows and Open Science best practices
  • Management of grant deliverables and milestones

Required skills and qualifications

  • University degree, preferably a PhD degree in a field related to Neuroscience or Open Science
  • Experience with Open Science practices and a good understanding of research workflows
  • Project management skills
  • Interest in PIDs and metadata
  • Experience working in an international environment
  • Strong English language skills are required; it would be beneficial if the candidate also speaks one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Occasional travel could be part of the job

This is a fixed-term contract for 3 years - the duration of the grant. Based on performance and upcoming projects, there may be an opportunity to transition to a permanent contract.

Why work for us

  • Remote position.
  • Competitive local salary.
  • 30 days vacation time annually, plus 1 day paid extra for volunteer work of your choice.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Option to work in a co-working space with a paid contribution from us.
  • Opportunity to learn something new every day.

To apply

Please send a resume and statement of interest to Helena Cousijn [] by August 15, 2021. Interviews will take place in the second half of August. We would like the candidate to start in this role on October 1. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.

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Helena Cousijn

DataCite Director of Community Engagement and Communications

Project Lead - FAIR workflows project


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