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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Background
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  • Experience Required
    10+ Years
  • Degree Required
    • Province
      Den Haag
    • Date Posted
      December 30,2020
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    Chief Technology Officer

    Chief Technology Officer - DANS-KNAW
    The Hague, max. 38 hours per week

    Where will you be working?
    DANS offers a pleasant working environment, where a motivated and collaborative team of research data experts and engineers is committed to Open Science and FAIR data. We are currently developing a new environment in which datasets can be edited and analysed before being permanently stored. This environment will be based on Dataverse software from Harvard University. It will include various Data Stations, tailored to the different needs of different research communities. The Data Stations must be able to interact with infrastructures and analytical tools from various scientific domains. As research methods and techniques evolve rapidly, continuously developing the DANS environment is a challenge. Technological innovation based on customers’ wishes is a major factor in the success of DANS. That is why we are now bringing together our technology staff under one CIO.

    What will you be doing?
    You will be a member of the three-headed board of directors and control the DANS tech section from there. This section includes a Software Development Team of 11 engineers, a small R&D team, and a Data Systems Team. It concerns a total staff of 17. The Software Development Team is headed by a team leader. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the DANS data services are cutting-edge and appeal to several - and new - user groups. This position is new and offers a lot of room for creativity.

    What do we expect from you?

    • You hold a university degree, preferably a PhD, in a discipline relevant to the position.

    • You have a demonstrable track record as a successful leader of innovative tech teams and/or large digital infrastructure projects, preferably in similar environments.

    • You are familiar with architecture and software development.

    • You are aware of relevant international developments, organizations and networks.

    • You are familiar with research data management.

    • You are a strategic and conceptual thinker, preferably with research experience.

    • You are an excellent, convincing, and inspiring communicator.

    • You are a creative problem solver.

    What will you earn?

    Your gross monthly salary will amount to max. € 6.940 (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch universities/KNAW, scale 14) on a full-time basis, excluding 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus. The appointment will be for two years, with the option of being employed for an indefinite period afterwards.

    DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)

    Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW) is a joint institute of the Academy and funding organisation NWO. It encourages researchers to make their digital research data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. It provides expert advice and certified services. By participating in Dutch and international projects, networks and research, DANS contributes to the ongoing innovation of the global scientific data infrastructure.

    Who can tell you more?

    Information about DANS can be found on the website Or you can contact DANS director Henk Wals by phone (+31 70 349 44 50) or email (

    How can you apply?

    Please send your application and CV, in Word or PDF format, for the attention of Dr Henk Wals, before 3 January 2021, via our application form.

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