University of Waterloo

  • Data Manager, Polar Data Catalogue

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    2650 - Geography
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $51,422 - $64,277
  • Overview

    Term: 1 year


    Manage, including archiving and making available online in the Polar Data Catalogue, the data and information produced by scientists from various Arctic and Antarctic research and monitoring programs in Canada and abroad. Engage with data contributors, users, and partner programs to broaden understanding of the requirements and importance of data management for science and society.


    This role is contingent on funding.


    Manage metadata and data submitted for archiving in the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC), including but not limited to the following activities:

    • Guide and assist researchers and students in preparation and submission of new metadata records and data files to the PDC

    • Review submitted metadata and data files and work with contributors to ensure compliance with established guidelines and standards

    • Track submissions and ensure that all metadata and data are submitted as expected and report progress to partner programs

    • Review and update existing metadata records to ensure information is current and conforms with evolving international standards

    • Assign Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to publicly available datasets and keep track of DOI assignments


    Engage with partner programs, data contributors, and other stakeholders involved in managing Arctic and Antarctic data and information, including but not limited to the following activities:

    • Liaise with partner data coordinators and other data managers in Canada and internationally

    • Respond to requests from data contributors and users

    • As needed, coordinate communications and meetings of the Polar Data Advisory Committee and/or other groups within Canada and internationally as needed, coordinate and provide CCIN/PDC messaging via online social networking accounts (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, FaceBook)


    Raise awareness of data management and the PDC, including but not limited to the following activities:

    • Travel for presentation of PDC data management activities at conferences and workshops

    • Create training material for users and partner programs Advocate for best practices in data management through outreach and education


    Assist with technical tasks related to data management and making the PDC collections available online, including but not limited to, the following activities:

    • Process data to increase its accessibility through the PDC and other online applications
    • Transform metadata to alternate formats and register the PDC metadata collection with external data and metadata portals Assist the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (CCIN) technical development team through regression testing and expert feedback on new applications and functions


    Participate in and contribute to CCIN program activities, including but not limited to the following:

    • Assist with preparation of annual activities reports and definitions of new projects/proposals

    • Write and maintain documentation of activities and tasks and attend regular group meetings


    • Undergraduate degree in environmental, human health, social sciences, northern studies, or related discipline. A combination of equivalent experience and education may be considered
    • 2+ years of demonstrated experience working with environmental data and metadata 

    • Experience an academic research environment is an asset Experience managing social media

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills (French considered a strong asset)

    • Excellent organizational, time management and superior attention to detail skills

    • Ability to work independently

    • Comfort and interest in interacting with scientists who contribute metadata and data

    • Intermediate experience in Microsoft Office suite and exposure to Linux/Unix is an asset

    • May require occasion travel, including international travel


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