Data Steward with focus on human data management

Uppsala University

Application deadline

June 14, 2023

Data Steward with focus on human data management

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The department of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICM) is one of the most internationally diverse, scientifically broad, and eminent departments of biomolecular sciences in Europe. The research at ICM is divided into seven main areas, covering everything from cell biology to molecular biophysics. You will be employed by ICM and you will at the same time be tied to the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS) and Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab).

SciLifeLab ( is a hub for life science research in Sweden and a collaboration between Swedish universities. Everyone at SciLifeLab is employed at one of the partner universities. Since 2013, SciLifeLab is assigned by the Swedish government to operate national infrastructure, to provide cutting-edge life science technologies and -expertise to Swedish researchers, and to be a top international centre for research in health- and environment sciences. SciLifeLab is also hosting a national pandemic laboratory preparedness program and a research programme for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS), with eleven partner organisations.

NBIS is a distributed national research infrastructure with funding from Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council), Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, SciLifeLab and Swedish universities. The purpose of NBIS is to provide bioinformatics support and infrastructure to Life Science researchers. NBIS has approximately 120 experts distributed around the country with expertise in a wide variety of bioinformatics analysis, as well as in systems development. As the Swedish node in the European bioinformatics infrastructure network ELIXIR, NBIS is involved in several collaborative efforts to strengthen the pan-European bioinformatics infrastructure. At NBIS there is also a group of experts focused on supporting Swedish Life Science researchers with data management according to the principles of Open Science and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), in close collaboration with the SciLifeLab Data Centre. During the last two years, we have grown from two to eight persons, and we are now looking for another Data Steward to further strengthen the data management competence. A particular focus will be on management on clinically related sensitive research data, especially to meet the growing demand through the large European 1+MG initiative that will make more than one million whole genome sequences available. More information about NBIS may be found at

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NBIS is looking for a motivated and knowledgeable Data steward, to join our Data management team. We are looking for a person who wants to enable Life Science research in Sweden that is beyond what is achievable for individual researchers, a single university, or a single research area. As a Data Steward you will work closely with, and guide research groups regarding Data Management Plans, and support researchers with metadata management and data curation for data publishing. A large focus will be to establish and perform procedures for user support to researchers wanting to deposit human genetic data. An important part of the work is also to educate researchers in data management best practices. You are also expected to contribute to Data Management capability development in international projects on management of genomic data and medical informatics where NBIS is active, as well as to Research Data Management competence networking within Sweden.


The applicant shall have a master’s degree within the areas of Life Science, Information Technology, or Bioinformatics, or shall possess an equivalent or higher level of understanding within one or several of these areas acquired by other means. The applicant shall have knowledge about the principles of Open Science and FAIR. Documented experience in coordination and communication, as well as documentation of ongoing work.

Emphasis will be put on personal suitability. The applicant shall have good interpersonal and communication skills, and be self-motivated. You should be service minded and able to adapt. You should also be quality conscious and result oriented. You should be able to communicate in Swedish and English in both speech and writing.

Additional qualifications

  • Experience of working with medical informatics
  • Experience of working with clinical or other sensitive data
  • Familiarity with Swedish legislation regarding personal data and research ethics
  • Experience of international repositories for deposition of Life Science data, and relevant data types, metadata, and community standards
  • Experience of working with user support.
  • Experience of working in international collaborations or networks
  • Experience of teaching and of applying Carpentries teaching methodology 

About the employment

The employment is a permanent position, probationary period may be applied. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date as soon as possible or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

Further information about this position is available from Niclas Jareborg, +46 733 866605,, Elin Kronander,, +46 729 999558,‬ and Bengt Persson, +46 704 250230,

Please submit your application by June 14 2023, UFV-PA 2023/1867

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Last updated: 2023-06-01

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