Curation Officer

Company: New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)
Position Title: Curation Officer
Location: Remote, anywhere in Canada
Type: Full Time
Salary Range: Interested candidates are asked to supply a statement that details salary expectations for the role.


The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) provides national-level research data management (RDM) support through its Portage Network, alongside advanced research computing (ARC) and research software (RS). The Portage Network collaborates and partners with stakeholders from across the research ecosystem to develop and coordinate expertise, platforms, services, technology, and training in support of research data management, with the goal of facilitating adoption of data stewardship best practices by researchers and institutions.

NDRIO is hiring a Curation Officer to support Canadian data curation needs within repositories and generally across the Canadian community of practice. The successful candidate will provide ongoing curation support for new dataset submissions to the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR), a general purpose repository for Canadian research in a wide range of disciplines. FRDR operates under a curated deposit model that reviews and addresses issues with data and metadata as necessary to ensure that archived datasets adhere as closely as possible to the FAIR guiding principles and are independently understandable and usable by others. The Curation Officer will support researchers’ curation needs by evaluating submissions prior to data publication, and will work with depositors to enhance submissions. The Curation Officer will work closely with the Curation Coordinator, as well as the Curation Expert Group (CEG) and other community stakeholders, to advance a national curation network that will support curation activities in the many data repositories operating across Canada, and foster a curation community of practice. 

The successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following: data curation, research data management, experience in an academic library setting, and practical professional experience working with and managing research data. Knowledge of curation concepts and their application, challenges related to data curation such as rights management and privacy, and knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication is also beneficial. The Curation Officer will be an advocate for data management and must feel comfortable providing guidance and promoting best practices. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate flexibility and persistence necessary to work with new file types, be comfortable learning/​using new technologies and installing/​using software needed to successfully complete tasks, and have a strong commitment to user services and support.

The Curation Officer will be a member of the Portage team, reporting to the Curation Coordinator. 


  • Curate data and accompanying documentation metadata, and code to add value and ensure new deposits in FRDR are as independently understandable as possible;
  • Check datasets and associated metadata for completeness and compliance with FRDR terms of service, and work directly with depositors to resolve any identified issues;
  • Assist researchers in preparation and publication of datasets into the repository; where needed, provide guidance in best practices for long-term data management, including identification of standards, choice of formats, dataset structure, licensing, file naming conventions, and documentation;
  • Identify patterns in researcher information needs and work with larger team to develop effective services and resources to meet those needs;
  • Provide ongoing support to both data depositors and repository end users;
  • Work as part of a team to provide curation support to librarians and data stewards across Canada to better enable them to meet the curation needs of their organization’s researchers and data producers;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of curation best practices, procedures, workflows, and repository tools, and contribute to a knowledge base and resources that will grow curation capacity in Canada;
  • In coordination with colleagues, help organize and deliver training and workshops in areas related to data curation, and help develop and foster a Canadian curation community of practice.


  • Demonstrated experience working with researchers to curate research data, preferably in a range of disciplines;
  • Experience with and understanding of research and data life cycles and a working knowledge of data management best practices;
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Highly developed oral and written skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users, one-on-one, in small groups, and in larger teaching contexts.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, collaborative and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to interact with co-workers, project participants, staff of other organizations and government with courtesy, discretion and tact.


Candidates with the following qualifications may be preferred. These should be explicitly described in the applicant’s cover letter:

  • Masters-level degree in information management, library and information studies, computer science or related field; or advanced degree in a subject discipline with a research data emphasis; or strong applied research experience (research manager, research associate, data manager); or equivalent;
  • Professional experience in an academic, special, or research library, or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in French and English.
  • Competency in a particular field or domain.


In addition to a competitive salary and a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference in the Canadian research community, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that meets the various needs of our diverse team and that spans across Canada, including: 

  • Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including:
    • Health
    • Dental
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Mental Health Supports
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Remote Work – Flex Hours


NDRIO is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce, reflecting the values and principles of employment equity. We encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the groups designated by the Employment Equity Act when you apply. Additionally, NDRIO is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. Please indicate if any accommodations are required during any phase of the evaluation or hiring process. Information provided will be treated discretely and remain confidential.

Government of Canada information on employment equity and designated groups can be found here.


To apply, please send your CV and covering letter with the subject line Curation Officer to HR-​RH@​engagedri.​ca. Please also supply a statement that details your salary expectations for the role. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply not later than October 8th, 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and asked at that time to supply names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about your work, at least one of whom is a current or recent direct supervisor. 

NDRIO recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/​racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+) in research careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.