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Open Access Specialist (0.8 FTE) in Groningen

... University of Groningen... ... University of... The University of Groningen (UG) is an internationally oriented university that ranks among the top European...



University of Groningen Library


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) is an internationally oriented university that ranks among the top European research universities. Committed to its environment, the UG plays an active role in society. Researchers and lecturers across a wide range of disciplines are passionate about their work and are granted the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The UG strives to reward the talents, ambitions and achievements of its 30,000 students and 6,000 staff members.

The University of Groningen Library (UL) service portfolio ranges from providing access to electronic and paper collections, to research support (e.g. on research data management, research analytics and open access publishing) and education support. We offer our services in close cooperation with the UG’s teaching and research staff.

Job description

Endorsing the idea of open science, the UG is going to establish an Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), starting on 1 January 2018. Working from the Department of Education and Research Support at the UL you will play a pivotal role in shaping the prospective OSC, further developing services around publication strategies, open access and open science. You will do so in a team of dedicated academic information specialists from the UL, in close cooperation with other research support services within the UG and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). You will be in touch with faculty research directors and coordinators, with policymakers as well as individual researchers. The open access specialist will cooperate closely with our specialists in research data management, Pure and research impact analysis.

In this job you will be responsible for
- the development and consolidation of the UL’s services concerning publication strategies and open access
- managing the ‘Office for Scholarly Communication’ project during the project phase
- coordinating the OSC once the project is completed
- establishing cooperation with other UG and UL departments concerning open access and open science
- policy preparation and advice on open access and open science for the UL’s management team, the Board of the UG and other policymakers and involved parties
- policy implementation
- advocating open science and open access
- attending conferences, presenting and publishing on open access and open science
- representing the UG or UL in local, national and international open access communities and networks.


- an academic degree, preferably at PhD level
- outgoing, enterprising and convincing, with the ability to bring people together and win them over
- several years of experience with research or research support
- proven experience with academic publishing and an understanding of scientific communication, with an emphasis on open access publishing
- knowledge of funder policies and requirements for open access publishing
- an understanding of research impact
- familiarity with copyright law
- ability to work independently and in a team
- project management skills
- excellent communication and consultancy skills
- fluency in English and Dutch, both oral and written, or the willingness to improve in Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

The University of Groningen offers a salary ranging from a minimum of € 2,588 (scale 10 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 4,757 (scale 11) for a full-time position, depending on experience. The UFO profile of this position is Scientific Information Specialist 1. The initial appointment will be for two years, but can be extended for an indefinite period after a positive appraisal at 18 months.

You may apply for this position until 12 December 23:59 h / before 13 December 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Your application must include the following:
- a cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position
- your full curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
- the names and contact details of two referees.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Additional information

Extra informatie

Fulltime (startersfunctie)

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