Policy Advisor FAIR research data and coding & software Utrecht University Library (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
32 to 40
University Administration
Application deadline: 

Job description

Utrecht University (UU) has the ambition to be at the forefront of Europe in the field of open science. These developments in science offer the University Library (UB) new opportunities and possibilities to use the knowledge and skills in the field of making research and educational output findable, accessible, interoperable and (re)useable (FAIR). One area which is developing strongly is FAIR research data and FAIR coding & software.
In the past 7 years the University Library has helped to build support for Researchers in the field of research data and more recently (reproducible) coding & software within the UU. This has led to an experienced team of specialists and a robust range of advice, information, training  and workshops, available to all Researchers, Teachers and students at the UU and UMCU. We are looking for a Policy Advisor FAIR research data and coding & software to further strengthen our team.
As a Policy Advisor, you will be working proactively within the various networks and communities in the field of FAIR research data and coding & software. In addition, you will use your abilities to support the library management team in its policy development. This is a varied position in which working with Researchers, Teachers and students and participating in networks go hand in hand with writing and advising. You are well-informed of developments in the field of research data and coding & software within the academic world, nationally and internationally. You also have experience with administrative processes. You work closely with various colleagues within the library, IT Services and other parts of Utrecht University and maintain contact with the wider (national and international) field if necessary. In addition, you will be working with fellow Policy Advisors, as part of the staff services of the University Library.
Your tasks:

  • You actively build, maintain and participate in a relevant network and know how to represent the University Library in a representative way, both within the UU and (inter)nationally.
  • You gather information about relevant developments and themes from colleagues within the University Library and in the broader work field and know how to interpret, edit and present these clearly.
  • You know how to translate information into scenarios and into comprehensible advice, you contribute to the implementation of the policy as formulated and you also assist colleagues with the translation of cases into policy proposals.
  • You participate in projects and/or lead them.
  • You advise (solicited and unsolicited) and support the management team on questions and issues regarding the policy of FAIR research data and coding & software.
  • You evaluate implemented policies and take initiative for the adjustment of existing policies.


  • You have a Master’s degree and at least three years of work experience in a similar position.
  • You have demonstrable experience and/or knowledge in the field of digital research and affinity with open science, specifically in the field of research data and coding & software and preferably in an academic environment.
  • You have experience with project-based work.
  • You are an independent worker who knows how to engage people and find the answers needed to do your job well. In addition, you are able to switch easily between topics, at micro and macro level and between different stakeholders.
  • You have experience with political and administrative connections, preferably within academia and know how to connect people, opinions and interests.

This position requires strong communication skills and personal attributes such as the ability to be customer-oriented, analytical, and result-oriented. Furthermore you are a networker and teamplayer. And you have an excellent command of English. For international candidates a minimum command of the Dutch language (level B2) is required.


We offer a temporary position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for a period of one year. In case of proven suitability, the appointment will be made permanent. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications, experience and the specific activities you will be performing  - ranges between €3,807 and €5,211 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. You will receive a laptop and smartphone from the University Library.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Utrecht University Library (UB) is a reliable partner for Researchers, Teachers and students in the field of scientific information. We use our expertise to continuously improve the scientific communication cycle. We inspire to meet and exchange knowledge. We organize our services in close cooperation with other parties within and outside Utrecht University, transcending the boundaries between disciplines.

Additional information

For more information about the position please contact Martine Pronk (Division Manager Academic Services), telephone 06 24 86 31 33 or m.c.e.m.pronk@uu.nl.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply’ button below.

The first interviews are scheduled in the week of 11 – 15 October 2021.

The application deadline is 4 October 2021.