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Senior Open Access Assistant

Library Services

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Aug 2021
  • Salary: £33,977 - £38,360
  • REF: CEN00272
  • Closes: 08th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

This is an opportunity to join the open access (OA) section of the Scholarly Communications Management team, specifically supporting the ‘green’ open access deposit workflows. You will one of two Senior Open Access Assistants working with our newly appointed Institutional Repository Manager enabling College researchers and staff to make their work available on open access in the College’s repository, Spiral. With revised and new funder open access policies being implemented in response to Plan S, you will have a key role in assisting with the provision of advocacy and training related to open research.

You will also be able to get experience in providing paid-for gold open access services, assisting colleagues when necessary. This is an exciting role within the team which is working with partners inside and outside the College to develop effective solutions for open access and with opportunities for advocacy and training with different audiences across multiple campuses.

Duties and responsibilities

Working with the Institutional Repository Manager and other OA colleagues you will have a wide variety of responsibilities including implementing, promoting and managing open access services. You will:

  • Deposit research outputs into the College’s repository, including journal articles, grey literature and PhD theses
  • Provide advice and training to staff and researchers on what they can deposit, and how
  • Prepare reports on open access activity
  • Work with research groups to establish deposit workflows for grey literature
  • Respond to queries from College staff, researchers and students
  • Take part in activities to raise awareness of open access and open research across College

Essential requirements

You will have proven experience in providing customer service or administrative support. Previous experience of working in an academic environment, or for an open access service or repository, is desirable but not essential.

You will have:

  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Good research and analysis skills
  • Proven experience of using Excel
  • Ability to pay care and attention to detail
  • Experience of working in a team

Further information

This is a full-time open-ended post.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: John Murtagh, Open Access Manager – j.murtagh@imperial.ac.uk

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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