University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Digital Curation Technical Specialist


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Digital Curation Technical Specialist

Job no: 0062526 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Department: Student and Scholarly Services Salary: UOM 7 – $106,432 - $115,211 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Implement digital preservation systems and services
  • Join a small and dedicated team
  • Brilliant benefits and a flexible hybrid work environment!
  • About the Role Based within the Digital Stewardship (Research) (DSR) team in Scholarly Services, as Digital Curation Technical Specialist you will join a small and dedicated team responsible for establishing and delivering sustainable, continuously improving digital services. The DSR team leads several digital program initiatives including digital preservation, stewardship and open data publication, contributes to research data management capability development and works broadly with many key stakeholders across the library, archives, records, and IT infrastructure teams.

    As Digital Curation Technical Specialist you will contribute to collaborative work underway to implement digital preservation systems and services. The role will also assist with broader digital repository capability and technical development, to aid in the DSR team's goal to share and encourage mature digital stewardship understanding and practice for the University community.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the long-term systems operations and endurance of high-value digital assets managed by the team
  • Identifying, testing and documenting repository activities, procedures, and workflows
  • Managing processes for preservation assets including integrity checking, reporting, file format identification processes, repository security and iterative development of custom indexing and user interface setup
  • Developing and implementing digital preservation planning, access to preservation assets and technology watch processes and procedures
  • Who we are looking for We're looking for a highly flexible, collaborative, and innovative individual, committed to establishing, maintaining, and improving the University's digital stewardship capabilities across a range of digital program initiatives.

    You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Your proven problem solving, and organisational skill will be key to success in the role.

    You will also have:

  • A degree in information management, information technology, other relevant discipline or training, or experience in digital curation, digital archiving, information technology or digital preservation technology, theory and practice
  • Demonstrated experience in working with digital data, metadata, systems and API's within a repository or data system context
  • Working knowledge of scripting or programming, and familiarity with JSON, XML, REST and web development.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

    This role requires the successful candidate to undergo and maintain an up-to- date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

    Your new team – Student and Scholarly Services Student and Scholarly Services provides student administration and services from recruitment and point of enquiry to graduation. This team also delivers wellbeing and scholarly services to students and staff.

    Scholarly Services provides research support and deep professional expertise in a number of key areas. Scholarly Services is comprised of two key portfolios: Research and Collection Stewardship and Teaching and Learning Innovation. It operates within Student and Scholarly Services as part of the Chief Operating Officer Portfolio

    What we offer you! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

    The University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities, and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality, and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture, and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Maddison Ryan via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the contact details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 13 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 11 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Digital Curation Technical Specialist


    University of Melbourne




    May 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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