Open Science Project Officer

OPERAS is the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. Its mission is to coordinate and federate resources in Europe to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of SSH.

The European landscape of scholarly communication in the SSH is currently patchy, fragmented and not organized enough to be efficient, particularly to address the challenge of transitioning to Open Science. This is due to several factors, such as the small size of resource providers, the variety of technical skills and resources across the community. The nature of the SSH disciplines also adds specific challenges which are not correctly addressed at scale, such as the diversity of publication languages, the entrenchment in diverse cultural backgrounds and the need for specific forms of scholarly communication (monographs, critical editions, and edited bibliographies, amongst others).

By fulfilling its mission, OPERAS provides the research community with the missing brick it needs to find, access, create, edit, disseminate and easily and efficiently validate SSH outputs across Europe. In one word, OPERAS unlocks scholarly communication resources and enables the whole field to reinvent itself in the new Open Science paradigm.

The OPERAS AISBL was established in 2020 and we are now seeking to recruit an Open Science Project Officer for this organisation.


Job Summary

The mission requires a sound knowledge of and a strong interest for the open science and open access European landscape, and the ability to correctly assess the needs and challenges in terms of training, skills, best practices, standardisation, sustainability in these areas.

The Open science project officer should be able to collaboratively build a global overview of such needs and challenges that takes into account the specificities of the research communities and their different actors.

The Open science project officer will contribute to the following projects:

DIAMAS
In the transition towards Open Access (OA), institutional publishing is challenged by fragmentation and varying service quality, visibility, and sustainability. To address this issue, DIAMAS gathers 23 organisations from 12 European countries, well-versed in OA academic publishing and scholarly communication. The DIAMAS project will map the current landscape of Institutional Publishing Service Providers (IPSPs) in 25 countries of the ERA with special attention for IPSPs that do not charge fees for publishing or reading. It will coordinate and improve the efficiency and quality of IPSPs by developing a European Quality Standard for Institutional Publishing (EQSIP). Lastly it will formulate community-led, actionable recommendations and strategies for institutional leaders, funders/sponsors/donors, and policymakers in the European Research Area (ERA). Workshops and targeted networking actions will reach and engage institutional decision-makers.

In 36 months, DIAMAS will deliver an aligned, high-quality, and sustainable institutional OA scholarly publication ecosystem for the ERA, setting a new standard for OA publishing, shared and co-designed with all stakeholders.

Skills4EOSC
Skills4EOSC brings together leading experiences of national, regional, institutional and thematic Open Science (OS) and Data Competence Centres from 18 European countries with the goal of unifying the current training landscape into a common and trusted pan-European ecosystem, in order to accelerate the upskilling of European researchers and data professionals in the field of FAIR and Open Data, intensive-data science and Scientific Data Management. Competence Centres (CC) are seen as centres of gravity of OS and EOSC activities in their countries. These entities can either be established national initiatives (as is the case of ICDI in Italy) or initiatives under establishment (e.g. Austria, Greece and the Nordic countries) or organisations which have the leading or mandated contribution to the OS activities nationally. CCs pool the expertise available within research institutions, universities and thematic and cross-discipline research infrastructures. They offer training and support, empowerment, lifelong learning, professionalisation and resources to a variety of stakeholders, including not only researchers and data stewards, but also funders, decision makers, civil servants, and industry. Thanks to their position at the heart of the above described multi-stakeholder landscape, the CCs represented by the Skills4EOSC partners play a pivotal role in national plans for Open Science and in the interaction with scientific communities. They also have close access to policy makers and the related funding streams. The Skills4EOSC project will leverage this reference role to establish a pan-European network of CCs on OS and data, coordinating the work done at the national level to upskill professionals in this field. The Skills4EOSC CC network will drive the co-creation of harmonised trainer accreditation pathways, academic and professional curricula and skills quality assurance, recognition frameworks, and learning material creation methodologies.

Both projects will start the 1st of September 2022 with a duration of 36 months.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in landscaping and mapping activities in both projects
  • Lead the coordination of collaborative work in various tasks and work packages in both projects where OPERAS is WP/task leader
  • Lead and participate in the design of capacity/competence centres in both projects
  • Supervise, write, finalise, and review key deliverables in both projects
  • Communicate in coordination with OPERAS and project communication managers on the activities and outputs of the projects
  • Manage the reporting activity for OPERAS in both projects
  • For DIAMAS project: organise and manage the community network of diamond publishing stakeholders beyond the project consortium

Relationships

  • Daily with OPERAS contact points in DIAMAS and Skills4EOSC projects
  • With projects PIs, WP Leaders and tasks leaders in both projects
  • With other partners in both projects
  • With OPERAS Coordination Team and in particular with
    • OPERAS FAIR data officer
    • OPERAS Community Manager
    • OPERAS Community Coordinator
    • OPERAS Communication Manager
    • OPERAS Project Managers Coordinator
    • OPERAS Secretary General
    • OPERAS Chief Finance & Administration Officer

Job Requirements

  • Significative experience in the Open Science (OS) and Open Access (OA) domains
  • Previous experience in H2020 projects in these domains at least as task leader
  • Professional experience or excellent knowledge of scholarly communication practices, in particular with OA diamond models.
  • Excellent knowledge of open science and open access landscape in Europe
  • Good knowledge of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences specific issues
  • Knowledge of professional training best practices, tools, resources in the academic context
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Capacity to travel regularly in Europe and occasionally worldwide and to do presentations in conferences, webinars, workshops…
  • Capacity to produce a landscape analysis, synthesise complex information, collect up to date information and manage a professional watch, write reports and review them
  • Capacity to coordinate and plan collaborative work, to manage deadlines and adjustments
  • Professionalism and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
  • Fluent written/spoken english (C1)
  • Advanced usage of online collaborative tools (file sharing, document writing, presentation designing, communication tools)

Offer

  • The position is offered for a fixed period of time corresponding to the duration of the projects (up to 36 months)
  • This is a full-time position based in Brussels.
  • Remote working opportunities in Europe can be considered.

Salary depends upon the experience of the successful candidate. Full package may vary depending on the country of living, if working from a different country than Belgium.

Equal opportunities

The OPERAS AISBL is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

Process and timescale (provisional)

Closing date for applications15 August 2022, 17:00 CEST
Interviews & Short-listing 22 – 24 August 2022
Final interviews (optional) 25 – 26 August 2022
Expected Starting Date 01 September 2022

Information

For additional information about this position, you may contact the OPERAS Secretary-General at yannick.legre@operas-eu.org.

An assessment may be part of the selection process.

To apply

Please send a cover letter and your CV to yannick.legre@operas-eu.org.

Only direct applications from candidates are taken into account. OPERAS AISBL does not appreciate any acquisition by third parties regarding this position.

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