University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Technology Specialist (Part-time up to 0.6 FTE) Secondment

Research Technology Specialist (Part-time up to 0.6 FTE) Secondment

Central Oxford

Please note: This is an internal vacancy and for staff from Oxford University and colleges only. External applicants need not apply.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the IT Services Department as a Research Technology Specialist working in the Research Support Services Team on a secondment basis of up to 1 year. The secondment would be expected to take place at some time between November 2023 and the end of 2024. As such, part-time job shares up to 0.6 FTE will be considered. Hybrid working is also offered for this post.

IT Services is a key department that ensures that the University has robust, reliable and high-performing IT facilities it requires to support the distinctive needs of those engaged in teaching, learning, research and administration.

About the Role

  • As a key member of this team, the post-holder will help provide a source of technical consultancy, support and expertise to researchers across the University. You will need to engage in dialogue with researchers with varying levels of technical knowledge in the application of IT to their research.
  • We are a small team that supports several services for the University's research community (including Research File Service, Electronic Lab Notebooks and DigiSafe), and makes a significant contribution to supporting research data management across all disciplinary areas. The team is also actively contributing to several digital transformation initiatives within the research programme.
  • As well as getting involved with supporting these services, the secondment would be a chance to review the processes of research data collection, management, and archiving as they relate to the individual's current research area. It is expected this will feed into updating the team's knowledge and enhance future support. It would also be a route to increasing knowledge about research data with the applicants department as part of the secondment.
  • About You

  • To be successful in this varied and interesting role, you will ideally have substantial practical research experience and enjoy using this experience in new areas for problem-solving.
  • You will have great communication skills (written and verbal) and be confident in the ability to communicate with the team, researchers, and academic staff. You will also have a positive attitude and be keen to use your research experience to help improve research data management and infrastructure in the University.
  • The skillset required lends itself to a part-time secondment from within the research software engineering or post-doctoral research communities. The secondment offers the possibility of a development opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a broad-based research support role, providing connections with the University's wider research data management community (https: //

    Application Process

    You will be required to upload a cover letter/supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

    The closing date for applications to be considered is Wednesday 29 November at 12:00 noon.

    Contact Person : Alex Purbrick Vacancy ID : 168087 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 29-Nov-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 45585 - 59421

    Job details


    Research Technology Specialist (Part-time up to 0.6 FTE) Secondment


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    November 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 29, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

    There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

    The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

    Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

    Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

    It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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