Vacancy: The OSCG is looking for a new chair! (0.3 – 0.5 FTE)

Are you passionate about Open Science and would you like to help us to get Open Science into the DNA of the University of Groningen (UG), the University Medical Center Groningen and beyond? Do you like to constructively discuss Open Science related topics on social media and present them to the scientific and general public? Do you enjoy organizing (online) events on Open Science related practices, including lectures and practical workshops? Then we want you as the new chair for the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG)!

Open Science is a global movement that aims to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society. Open Science practices encompass all teaching materials and the entire research process and create new opportunities for interaction, collaboration and engagement with academic colleagues and societal partners.

The Open Science Community Groningen is founded by and consists of (mostly unpaid) scholars from the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen who aim to facilitate the adoption of open, reproducible and responsible science practices in the aforementioned institutes. Their target group are researchers and students who are open and curious with regards to open science.

For the OSCG we are looking for a chair to spearhead efforts to strengthen the position of the OSCG within the UG and the UMCG. As the Chair of the OSCG your main goals will be:
* to recruit active members within the UG and UMCG,
* to further embed the OSCG within all disciplines of the University of Groningen and the UMCG,
* to initiate and organize educational and social events,
* and to continue the efforts to build a sustainable and diverse community.

Next to this, you will represent the OSCG locally, nationally and internationally (e.g. within the International Network of Open Science & Scholarship Communities (INOSC)). You will take the lead in organizing OSCG activities and invite UG and UMCG staff and other open science scholars to contribute to OSCG events, and will plan and preside over OSCG board- and member meetings. Other activities include writing OSCG newsletters, and promoting OSCG activities on social media. You will collaborate with the Open Science programme leader, Dr. Vera Heininga.

The Open Science Program of the UG and UMCG aims to actively stimulate and facilitate a transparent research and education environment by implementing and practicing the Open Science principles in our academic community. The OSCG plays a vital role as sparring partner and as a consultant on Open Science services in this programme.

Please note: The position of OSCG chair is offered as a (paid) expansion of your current contract with the UG or UMCG and will be between 0.3fte and 0.5fte (negotiable). This means that you can only apply for this position when you already have a contract with the UG or UMCG.

Job requirements
The ideal candidate has:
– The ability to combine their current position (e.g. a PhD contract) at the UG or UMCG with the
tasks of the chair described above
– Affinity with Open Science principles and/or demonstrable understanding of Open Science
– Good organizational skills, can keep a good overview and set priorities
– Good social and networking skills
– Ability to effectively communicate and engage through social media (e.g., Twitter)
– Excellent English oral and written language skills

– First-hand experience with one or more open scholarship practices (e.g., open data, open code,
open access publishing)
– Experience in organizing (online) meetings and events
– Creating and curating content on websites
– Some experience with Slack, Mailchimp and WordPress

What we offer
We offer a challenging role in the OSCG at the UG and UMCG in a young and enthusiastic team for up to 0.5 fte until August 2023. After this period, and with mutual agreement, this role can be renewed for 0.2-0.4 fte, but under the same conditions as described above (i.e., only as an expansion to an already existing contract with the UG or UMCG).

The intended start date is as soon as possible.

Contact info
For more information about this, additional, role in your current contract please contact Ir. Marjan van Ittersum, ass. Open Science programme leader
For more information about the procedure, please contact Ryanka Hazekamp (HR University Library) +31 629056017,

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae

to the following email address:
The application deadline is 29 April 11:59pm / before 30 April 2022 Dutch local time (CET).

Interviews are scheduled in the week of May 8, 2022.
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