Grand Challenges Data Administrator
University of California, Los Angeles
As part of UCLA's Centennial, the University has announced a pair of [Grand
research projects that connect hundreds of faculty, students, community
members and leading experts across every field to solve society's toughest
problems. The two Grand Challenges are the biggest, most
collaborative, and potentially most transformative efforts UCLA has undertaken
to date. The discoveries and scholarship produced are
expected to deliver real benefit to California, the nation, and the
world. Other Grand Challenges may be announced in coming
The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge seeks to achieve sustainability in energy
and water while enhancing ecosystem health in Los Angeles County by
2050. The Depression Grand Challenge is seeks to
understand, prevent and treat the world's greatest health problem.
In support of these initiatives, the UCLA Library seeks a **Grand Challenges
Data Administrator** (GCDA) to address the data needs and requirements of
researchers, students, community groups, and government agencies.
The GCDA collaborates with faculty and researchers to identify datasets for
ingest, storage and access throughout the Library's data repository and
archive platforms. They contribute systems analysis skills
and familiarity with the research process to explore, recommend and implement
promising models for data exposure, discovery, linking, summarization,
visualization, and re-use. They partner with researchers to
assess data needs, develop curation requirements, and devise appropriate
workflows and methodologies. In addition, they develop
policies for data access, assure data confidentiality, and implement best
practices for data management. Finally, they provide
assistance directly to researchers to ensure that data is well-managed and
accessible, and coordinate support activities through campus computing
centers, the statistical consulting group, the Library, and the research units
This is a 5-year contract position, full-time.
This is a partial list of qualifications. Please see the
listed web site for a full list of qualifications and for additional job
• A BS in Computer Science, Information Science or a related field.
• At three years of work experience.
• Advanced knowledge of computer operations and design principles, including
web and client/server.
• Knowledge of digital media software tools such as Java, JDeveloper, Flash,
Struts, JQuery, JSON, JSP and PHP.
• Knowledge or common digital media encoding schemes and standards, such as
SGML, XML, XML Schema, DOM, METs and HTML.
• Advanced technical knowledge of common digital media editing, CMS, database
and online publishing technologies such as Oracle, MySQL, Fedora, Islandora,
Drupal and DuraSpace.
• Ability to write in common scripting languages such as Bash, Perl and
• Advanced knowledge of software design, testing, and documentation.
• Advanced knowledge of development methodologies such as Agile software
development, JAD, RAD, XP and Scrum.
• Demonstrated experience in project planning and management; ability to
prioritize tasks and build project plans with schedules, milestones, budgets
and cost models.
• Ability to craft clear and coherent documentation and communications.
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