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Data Officer vacancy

We are currently in search of a talented Data Officer to join the ICES Secretariat Data Centre based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Published: 12 October 2018

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

We seek a candidate to fill the role of Data Officer working primarily with data flows for the assessment of contaminants and biological effects, in close collaboration with national institute experts and the Regional Sea Conventions. 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 marine chemistry and/or biology are an essential aspect of this role as a thematic understanding is as important as technical skills in this position. 

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
  • 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 chemistry or biology or other related subject, or equivalent vocational experience
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • A high level of computer competence, knowledge of databases and related software tools
  • Proactive problem solving and communication
  • Methodical approach, i.e. managing tasks, priorities and responsibilities
  • A team player, but capable of working independently with little supervision

Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full-time, for a four-year contract period starting 1 January 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 31 October 2018. Please mark your email and applications documents “201808 Data Officer".

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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