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VLIZ recruits: Science Officer Data Centre

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a Science Officer Data Centre (m/f/x, 100% employment, contract of unlimited duration) for immediate employment.


Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is a scientific institution that strengthens the accumulation of marine knowledge and the excellence of marine research in Flanders. VLIZ is a coordination and information platform, a hub for marine and coastal research, also functioning as international contact point. Important activities are national and international networking, information and data management, science communication for policy, industry, education and the wider public and logistic support of research. VLIZ was commissioned by the Flemish Government to accommodate and support international organisations such as the UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, the European Marine Board secretariat and the EMODnet secretariat at the InnovOcean site in Ostend and the JPI Oceans secretariat in Brussels. In 2017, VLIZ signed a new covenant with the Flemish Region for the period 2017-2021 in which new mandates were assigned to it. Since then, an important additional strategic goal for VLIZ has been the initiation, support, promotion and execution of innovative and multidisciplinary marine research, and this at the service of, in collaboration with or complementary to Flemish and international marine research groups.

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a Science Officer Data Centre (m/f/x, 100% employment, contract of unlimited duration) for immediate employment.

For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, excellent professionalism, and integrity as important characteristics.

Job description

Within the VLIZ Data Centre, innovative data systems, products, technologies and infrastructures are developed to strengthen the excellence of the marine sciences in Flanders. Within international networks, the Data Centre contributes to the development of large data infrastructures to promote the flow of marine data to and from scientists, industry and policy makers. We are currently searching for a Science Officer to coordinate the data management of EurOBIS and EMODnet Biology and related national and European data projects.

The position includes these tasks:
► Developing and/or enhancing biological data exchange formats and quality control procedures
► Implementing automated flows of biological data to EMODnet Biology, OBIS and GBIF
► Coordinating improvements to the EMODnet Biology portal and download toolbox.

Main responsibilities

► Project activities
     -  Plan and execute project tasks with regard to realizing the set deliverables.
     -  Participate actively in project meetings and consultations with project partners.
     -  Prepare and follow up on ICT-developments as anticipated in the project.
     -  Scientific data management of marine biological data.
     -  External project reports.
► Delve into the subject area, follow trends and use that knowledge to develop new observation methods/products/projects, to ensure up-to-date marine observations at VLIZ
     -  Apply knowledge for continuous improvement of methods, products and projects.
     -  Apply creative and innovative ideas and initiatives.
     -  Follow up on and implement new trends regarding open science.
► Contribute to the substantive further expansion of data systems and the expansion of the potential present in the Data Centre
     -  Contribute to new methods and approaches for solving bottlenecks and gaps; make proposals with regard to new initiatives.
     -  Detection of needs: proactively respond to the needs of scientists; translate these needs to the VLIZ operations.
     -  Gather and deploy external knowledge.
► Take on the role of ambassador to the outside world through networking, and promote the reputation of VLIZ as an (inter)national contact point for marine scientific research
     -  External communication: attend (inter)national meetings, report to the Scientific Committee.
     -  Attend and represent VLIZ at network events.
     -  Detect needs, monitor actively the scientific landscape, respond actively to needs of scientists, translate this to VLIZ operations.
     -  Communicate on and promote the use of VLIZ services and infrastructure.


► MSc qualification with a scientific background (marine biology, engineering, (bio) informatics)
► You are familiar with international data sharing initiatives in the fields of biodiversity and/or marine science (e.g. OBIS, GBIF, BODC, EMODnet Biology).
► You have experience with data management and international data and metadata standards. Familiarity with marine biodiversity data standards is a plus (e.g. Darwin Core, OBIS-ENV).
► You have good knowledge of relational databases and SQL language.
► You have experience with R programming.
► You have knowledge about data publication procedures and the Open and FAIR data policy landscape.
► You have good social and communication skills and can work both individually and in team.
► Experience in giving training and/or producing training material is a plus.
► You are willing to work in an international context and are willing to travel for work occasionally.
► You have excellent English verbal and writing skills. Good knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
► You are eager to learn and have excellent organizational skills.
► You are a team player with positive and ownership attitude.

Additional information

For more information concerning this vacancy, please contact: Lennert Tyberghein, head of the VLIZ Data Centre

Our offer

► We offer a challenging job in the dynamic environment of VLIZ.
► A contract of indefinite duration and a salary scale according to qualifications and experience, following the salary scales of the Flemish Government.
► Fringe benefits: holiday pay, end-of-year bonus, meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance, bike allowance, free public transport for home-work-commuting and an attractive holiday arrangement.

Does this vacancy appeal to you?

Send in your cover letter and cv no later than Friday 26th April 2019:
► By post: Jan Mees, General director VLIZ, InnovOcean site, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende
► By mail: with subject line “Vacancy Science Officer DC Data Centre”

You can contact us by telephone on +32 (0)59 34 21 30

VLIZ promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. You will be recruited based on competencies. Qualities of people are decisive, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or any disability.

Based on the received motivation letters and CV’s; a select group of candidates will be invited for a job interview. You will be informed by mail. The job interviews take place in the offices of VLIZ.
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee vzw – Flanders Marine Institute
InnovOcean site – Wandelaarkaai 7 – 8400 Oostende
T: +32 (0)59 34 21 30