Data Steward – Genomic Science Research Line & Research Organization Directorate - #10489217

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Data: 3 settimane fa
città: Genova, Liguria
Tipo di contratto: Tempo pieno

Data Steward – Genomic Science Research Line & Research Organization Directorate

- (2400002H)

Genomic Data Infrastructure - GDI - DIGITAL-2021-CLOUD-AI-01 Grant Agreement n.101081813

Commitment & contract: collaboration contract, up to 18 months

Location: via Enrico Melen 83, Genoa and via Adamello 16, Milan - Italy


At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society.

Along with the development of its new Strategic Plan 2024-2029, Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) has been potentiating Research Data services, aimed at enabling new data-driven scientific approaches beside traditional experimental research. Moreover, IIT is one of the partners of the Genomic Data Infrastructure (GDI) project, whose main goal is to enable access to genomic and related phenotypic and clinical data across Europe, by establishing a federated, sustainable, and secure infrastructure to share the data. In line with these targets, to guarantee that genomic data is professionally managed at all stages of the research cycle, data stewardship competences must be developed and integrated, to support scientists to keep the quality, integrity, and access arrangements of data and metadata in compliance with the applicable law.


We are looking for a Data Steward to work in close collaboration with researchers in the field of genomics, within the Genomic Science Research Line in the context of the GDI European project. The Data Steward will be integrated in a newly established RDM & Data Stewardship team under the Research Organization Directorate. This job will provide you with a unique opportunity to play a role in the design and application of innovative data management methods and tools to produce Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data in this specific research domain.

As a professional figure that bridges data management and research, you will enter a truly interdisciplinary team of people, where data stewards, IT specialists, legal experts, and researchers contribute each with their own competences to the uptake of the FAIR principles in research.


You will contribute to develop FAIR data practices within the genomics research domain and to stimulate their uptake. Your main tasks will be:

  • Research Data Management in the genomics domain: help relevant stakeholders (scientists, IT engineers, etc.) to identify community practices and solutions for FAIR data management in the genomics domain; be involved in the design and implementation of institutional workflows and practices ensuring quality and FAIRness of (meta)data, by following guidelines developed in the context of GDI and related projects.
  • Participation to the development of the Italian Genomic Data Infrastructure: liaise with other data professionals and researchers, through participation to (inter)national networks.
  • Responsible of Data stewardship for the Center of Genomic Science (CGS-Milan): act as a technical interface between scientists and IT managers, establish shared protocols for big data transfer and long- and short-term storage, help in big data transfer, storage management on shared memory architectures.


  • PhD in a relevant field [e.g. Physics – Biology – Genomics - Informatics],
  • Excellent knowledge of RDM and the FAIR guiding principles for scientific data stewardship,
  • Understanding of coding and software development practices,
  • Excellent knowledge of shell scripting languages,
  • Good knowledge of practices for big data transfer, short-term and long-term storage,
  • Capability of working on computer clusters and shared memory architectures,
  • Enjoy working collaboratively, also with diverse stakeholder groups, but also comfortable with taking initiative and work independently,
  • Excellent communication skills,
  • Good command of English.


  • Previous experience in genomics research,
  • Previous knowledge of data modeling, standards, repositories,
  • Previous coding experience,
  • Excellent people skills, cultural and organizational sensitivity and ability to motivate and inspire others.


  • Competitive salary for international standards
  • Wide range of staff discounts
  • Candidates from abroad or Italian citizens who permanently work abroad and meet specific requirements, may be entitled to a deduction from taxable income of up to 90% from 6 to 13 years.


  • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us!
  • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs!
  • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There is a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation.
  • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.
  • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society!
  • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in. They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission.
  • A dynamic, lively, and international team of people, working together to bring research data services to a new level!
  • Contribute to groundbreaking genomics projects, using innovative technologies within an international, creative, and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Pave the way in Italy for data stewardship in the academic sector: be one of the first to challenge a new professional pathway in research support!
  • Be part of a network of leaders in the RDM field, taking advantage of national and international contacts (ICDI, GO FAIR, Skills4EOSC, etc.).

If you feel this tickles your appetite for change, do not hesitate and apply!

Please submit your application using the online form and including a detailed CV, university transcripts, cover letter (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications) and contact details of 2 references.

Application’s deadline: May 9th 2024

We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purposes of evaluating and selecting professional profiles to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (phone Tel: +39 010 28961 - email: dpo[@] - kindly note that this e-mail address is exclusively reserved for handling data protection issues. Please, do not use this e-mail address to send any document and/or request of information about this opening).

Primary Location GENOVA ERZELLI Other Locations MILANO SEMM Job Administrative Organization Research Organization Directorate Job Posting Apr 2, 2024, 1:49:53 AM

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