Copenhagen University

Copenhagen University

Team Leader (Data Manager)


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Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Copenhagen

About us The Data Lab at the Faculty of Social Science (SAMF) at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) are looking for an experienced data manager with management ambitions to serve as Team Leader.

Data Lab support SAMF researchers, including PhD students, with tasks, advice and services (including workshops) on data-related themes. Regular meetings are held with relevant SAMF administrative and scientific unit to ensure coordination between and handling of interfaces between in terms of e.g., GDPR, IPR and quality control. At the UCPH level, Data Lab liaisons with and partakes in relevant meeting forums and assists with the implementation of new policies announced by the Research and Innovation office lead by the pro-dean for research and deputy directors. The Data Lab has over the recent year been building up SAMF's capacity within the field of data management and information security, including more general project management and communication skills to foster smooth and effective collaboration with both researchers and other scientific staffs as well as supporting administrative units and higher management levels at UCPH.

Funded by the Faculty, the Data Lab is co-located with and organizationally part of the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), to whose Director the Team Leader and the other data managers refers. The SAMF Data Lab is currently staffed by four data managers (of which one serves as interim team leader), as well as number of associated staff members and student assistants. The services offered by the Data Lab have been well received across SAMF departments. Since these demands are likely to continue to grow in volume and complexity at SAMF and UCPH, there is a need to create a permanent team leader position. Accordingly, we looking to recruit a senior consultant with managerial responsibility, who, in collaboration with the SODAS Director and the Faculty director, will be co-ordinate the implementation of data management and information security policies and procedures at SAMF.

Your key responsibilities

  • Being in charge of the Data Lab's daily business, including the planning, prioritizing and allocating tasks, activities, and communication / requests within the team
  • Acting as DataLab/SAMF representative in relevant UCPH committees concerning data management.
  • Serving as point of contact and liaison with other technical and/or admin staff (e.g. legal and IT specialists) at SAMF and the rest of the university
  • Being head of staff for the DataLab staff (including student assistants), including annual performance reviews and other tasks delegated from the SODAS Director
  • Your background and qualifications We are looking for someone with either a technical (e.g. degree in IT, data science, or data management) background, and/or a relevant degree (minimum a BA) with excellent collaboration skills and a proven track-record with coordination of data management tasks and processes. The ideal candidate is broadly familiar with tools, policies and principles pertaining to data management at a university or similar institution, who can take charge of numerous, simultaneous short – and long-term projects. Since the job involves participates in and sometimes leadership of a various committees within and across UCPH, you should be good at building and maintaining relationships with researchers and administrators within and beyond SAMF and be able to clearly communicate technical concepts and complex requirements around data management to non-data management staff and faculty. It is more important for us to find someone with substantial working experience with data (and team) management than a person with a PhD or multiple degrees. Above all, we are looking for a an independent, organized and service minded person, who capable of working in a complex knowledge institution, and who is comfortable being in charge of an interdisciplinary team who expects a high potential for freedom, learning advancement, and opportunity to shape the future.

    We offer There are many paths and careers that could lead a candidate to being successful in this work, and we encourage anyone interested to apply. The university, and the specific unit of data managers you would be managing and the wider SODAS community, can be an excellent place to work. There are opportunities for career advancement, a real sense of ownership over your work, and flexibility in regard to schedule.

    Terms of employment The employment and salary are made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Employment will be as a senior consultant with managerial responsibility (in Danish: “chefkonsulent med personaleledelse”). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

    The expected start date is 1 Nov 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible.

    If you want to know more about the job, contact SODAS Director, Professor Morten Axel Pedersen via email at [email protected]

    The application must be submitted in English: Use the box: APPLY NOW below.

    The University of Copenhagen seeks to reflect society and encourages applications irrespective of personal background.

    Job details


    Team Leader (Data Manager)


    Copenhagen University




    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 14, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Social Science

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