Open Research Manager: Academic Engagement

Job summary

This is a great opportunity to shape a new role designing and delivering advocacy programmes for open research practice, joining the Scholarly Communications Management (SCM) team within the Library Services. Open Research Manager focussing on academic engagement, you will lead in the development and coordination of events, activities and content aimed at academic staff, researchers, research support staff and students at all levels to raise...

Job listing information

  • Reference ACA00069
  • Date posted 15 August 2022
  • Closing date 5 September 2022

Job description

Job summary

This is a great opportunity to shape a new role designing and delivering advocacy programmes for open research practice, joining the Scholarly Communications Management (SCM) team within the Library Services.

Open Research Manager focussing on academic engagement, you will lead in the development and coordination of events, activities and content aimed at academic staff, researchers, research support staff and students at all levels to raise awareness of open research principles, and to increase engagement with our open research services.

  • This will include expanding existing teaching and training programmes, and creating new events, networks, and workshops.
  • There will be the opportunity to contribute to policy development in open research practice, such as the institutional rights retention strategy.
  • You will work closely with the recently formed College Open Research Group, representing stakeholders across the research lifecycle from senior academics to research students to technicians.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for developing and delivering an active programme of education, training, advocacy, support and information sharing regarding a wide range of issues that promote effective sharing and barrier free access to scholarly resources. You will work with other library teams, and with research and research support staff and networks across the College. You will be a proactive advocate for open research practices, open educational resources and affordable course content, author rights and fair use, and repository outreach and rights management.

You will want to actively address inequities in scholarly communications and research assessment, and will seek opportunities to enable the recognition and inclusion of all staff included in the research lifecycle.

You will:

  • develop and deliver an advocacy strategy for open research services, supporting an inclusive open research culture
  • design and deliver appropriate communication and training to enable academic and research staff to understand UK and international funder requirements related to open research practice
  • assist the implementation of a rights retention strategy
  • liaise with other College education providers and SCM functional specialists to implement and deliver a teaching and training programme, including an evaluation framework, and with both in person and online components
  • plan and organise academic and research staff participatory events focussing on open research practice, such as town hall meetings and/or seminar series
  • work with the Senior Teaching Fellow (Library Services) and library liaison teams to design and embed relevant teaching and training for students at all levels
  • contribute to and support College policy development related to open research practice, where appropriate, and in collaboration with other subject matter experts, the Research Office, and College Open Research Group

Essential requirements

You will be a proactive advocate for open research practices, with demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in at least one of the following areas: digital scholarship, academic publishing process and workflows, open educational resources and affordable course content, author rights and fair use, the FAIR principles, rights retention strategies, and repository outreach.

You may have experience as a researcher or in publishing, and you will have experience of providing scholarly communications support, preferably at a higher education institution or research organisation. Your experience should include delivering or assisting with the organisation of an advocacy, outreach or training programme.

 

You will be able to communicate with a range of audiences, from novice to expert, and be able to build working relationships with a variety of internal and external (to College) stakeholders, such as publishers and funders. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the research lifecycle, including the impact of funder policies on the research environment.

Further information

This is a full-time, open-ended post. 

All applicants are required to complete the online application form. Please refer to the full personal specification in the job description when completing your application and use the criteria in the personal specification as the basis for your personal statement. 

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Ruth Harrison, r.e.harrison@imperial.ac.uk.

The College has a Race Equality Charter action plan in place, running initially for 3 years from 2021, receiving the bronze award in November 2021. There are several staff representation networks:

  • Imperial As One for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff,
  • Able for staff with disabilities
  • Imperial 600 for LGBTQ+ staff

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Centre provides advice, guidance and training for all staff to raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion, with senior leadership support including that of the Assistant Provost for EDI.

Library Services have hosted internal staff events focussed on the topic decolonising and what that means for libraries and library staff.

  • There is an active online channel where staff share readings and events.
  • Library staff have worked with colleagues on a visualisation tool to raise awareness of geographic bias in reading lists, and in late 2022 will take over the delivery of a workshop which encourages discussion of reading lists and the curriculum for academic and teaching staff.
  • Library staff work with Imperial As One to support and maintain the Imperial As One reading list.

Library staff are actively encouraged to attend external and internal training and development events on equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • There are internal talent development programmes: IMPACT for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff or those who identify as being from a minority ethnic group, and CALIBRE for disabled staff.
  • The Imperial Essentials staff training programme includes a key module on equality, diversity and inclusion.

The College has family leave policies which are available to staff irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, biological sex or if you are transitioning.

The College has a flexible working policy.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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