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Vacancy for Data Officer: Cross-discipline

​We are looking for a talented individual with competences in data management and scripting languages to join the ICES Secretariat Data Centre based in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Published: 18 January 2019

​​​​​The Data team comprises 15 staff members who provide marine data services to ICES member countries, science expert groups, European Commission, Regional Seas Conventions (HELCOM and OSPAR), the European Environment Agency (EEA), and various other projects and portals.

We seek a candidate to fill the role of Data Officer working across the different data flows managed by ICES and are used for the assessment of the marine environment. This role involves close collaboration with national institute experts dealing with data collection and the assessment of these data. The role will require a flexible and service-minded approach, as the ability to manage internal and external relationships with data customers and data providers is both important and very dynamic. A vocational or educational background related to science, and/or statistics and/or software development are an essential aspect of this role as both thematic understanding and proven technical skills are required in this position.  

The following skills and competencies are critical for this role.

​Key responsibilities:

  • Registering, loading and documenting data in the ICES data management system(s)
  • Proactively communicating with data providers and data users on all aspects of data processing and data products
  • Actively participate in project team meetings and project management
  • Quality control of data and meta-data, both through existing software and tools, but also by helping develop new tools and routines in the programming and database environment used at ICES
  • Contributing to reports, expert group meetings and presentations as required
  • Content governance of the data flows, including code control through the ICES code vocabulary
  • Other relevant data management activities

Required competences:

  • University degree in a science, computer or statistics related subject, or equivalent vocational experience
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • A team player, but capable of working independently with little supervision
  • A high level of computer competence, knowledge of databases and related software tools
  • Project management skills/experience
  • Proactive problem solving and communication skills
  • Methodical approach to work, i.e. managing tasks, priorities and responsibilities

​Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full-time, for a four-year contract period starting in spring 2019.

ICES Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities pursuant to the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The salary for this role is situated at the “C6" grade which is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical to, the United Nations common salary system.  A tax-free pension scheme is available.

The ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions and principles of employment and the responsibilities of the staff of the ICES Secretariat.


If you feel you have the professional and personal qualities and potential we are looking for, please submit your application (CV and cover letter) via e-mail to no later than 3 February 2019. Please mark your email and applications documents “201904 Data Officer: Cross-discipline"

​Questions about this vacancy may be directed to Head of Data and Information Neil Holdsworth.  

ICES is an equal opportunity employer.

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