Position Project Open Science Officer

OPERAS is the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. Its mission is to coordinate and federate resources in Europe to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of SSH.

The European landscape of scholarly communication in the SSH is currently patchy, fragmented and not organised enough to be efficient, particularly to address the challenge of transitioning to Open Science. This is due to several factors, such as the small size of resource providers, the variety of technical skills and resources across the community. The nature of the SSH disciplines also adds specific challenges which are not correctly addressed at scale, such as the diversity of publication languages, the entrenchment in diverse cultural backgrounds and the need for specific forms of scholarly communication (monographs, critical editions, and edited bibliographies, amongst others).

By fulfilling its mission, OPERAS provides the research community with the missing brick it needs to find, access, create, edit, disseminate and easily and efficiently validate SSH outputs across Europe. In one word, OPERAS unlocks scholarly communication resources and enables the whole field to reinvent itself in the new Open Science paradigm.

The OPERAS AISBL was established in 2020 and we are now seeking to recruit a project open science officer for the project DIAMAS, under the coordination of AIX MARSEILLE University (AMU).

Job Summary

The mission requires a sound knowledge of and a strong interest for the open science and open access European landscape, and the ability to correctly assess the needs and challenges in terms of training, skills, best practices, standardisation, sustainability in these areas.

The project open science officer (POSO) should be able to collaboratively build a global overview of such needs and challenges that takes into account the specificities of the research communities and their different actors.

The project open science officer will contribute to the EU-funded project DIAMAS:

In the transition towards Open Access (OA), institutional publishing is challenged by fragmentation and varying service quality, visibility, and sustainability. To address this issue, DIAMAS gathers 23 organisations from 12 European countries, well-versed in OA academic publishing and scholarly communication. The DIAMAS project will map the current landscape of Institutional Publishing Service Providers (IPSPs) in 25 countries of the ERA with special attention for IPSPs that do not charge fees for publishing or reading. It will coordinate and improve the efficiency and quality of IPSPs by developing a European Quality Standard for Institutional Publishing (EQSIP). Lastly it will formulate community-led, actionable recommendations and strategies for institutional leaders, funders/sponsors/donors, and policymakers in the European Research Area (ERA). Workshops and targeted networking actions will reach and engage institutional decision-makers.

In 36 months, DIAMAS will deliver an aligned, high-quality, and sustainable institutional OA scholarly publication ecosystem for the ERA, setting a new standard for OA publishing, shared and co-designed with all stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities in DIAMAS project


  • Participate in landscaping and mapping activities in the project
  • Participate in the coordination of collaborative work in various tasks and work packages in DIAMAS where OPERAS contributes
  • Participate in the design of capacity/competence centre in the project
  • Supervise, write, finalise, and review key deliverables in the project
  • Communicate in coordination with OPERAS and project communication managers on the activities and outputs of the projects.
  • Participate in the reporting activity for OPERAS in the project
  • Participate in the management of the community network of diamond publishing stakeholders beyond the project consortium

The POSO will contribute in particular to the following tasks in the project:

  • WP3b – Setting standards and assessing quality gaps
  • WP5 – Exploring and supporting the sustainability of institutional publishing
  • WP6 – Providing actionable recommendations for policies and strategies
  • WP7 – The road to impact: outreach, dissemination, engagement, exploitation


  • Daily with the other OPERAS POSO, leading WP4 and Task 7.5
    • Daily with OPERAS contact points in DIAMAS
    • With project coordinator, WP Leaders and tasks leaders in the project
    • With other partners in the project
    • With OPERAS Coordination Team and in particular with
      • OPERAS Diamond Task Force (ODTF), led by the Community Coordinator and the Chief Technical Officer
      • OPERAS FAIR data officer
      • OPERAS Community Manager
      • OPERAS Partnership Coordinator
      • OPERAS Communication Manager
      • OPERAS Secretary General
      • OPERAS Chief Finance & Administration Officer

Job Requirements

  • Significative experience in the Open Science (OS) and Open Access (OA) domains
    • Previous experience in H2020 projects in these domains.
    • Professional experience or excellent knowledge of scholarly communication practices, in particular with OA diamond models.
    • Excellent knowledge of open science and open access landscape in Europe.
    • Good knowledge of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences specific issues.
    • Knowledge of professional training best practices, tools, resources in the academic context.
    • Excellent communication skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Capacity to travel regularly in Europe and occasionally worldwide and to do presentations in conferences, webinars, workshops.
    • Capacity to produce a landscape analysis, synthesise complex information, collect up-to-date information and manage a professional watch, write reports and review them
    • Capacity to coordinate and plan collaborative work, manage deadlines and adjustments
    • Professionalism and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
    • Strong verbal, written, organisational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Fluent written/spoken English (C1)
    • Advanced usage of online collaborative tools (file sharing, document writing, presentation designing, communication tools)


  • The position is offered for a temporary contract of 30 months.
    • This is a part-time position 50% based in Brussels.
    • Remote working opportunities can be considered.

Salary depends upon the experience of the successful candidate. Full package may vary depending on the country of living, if working from a different country than Belgium.

Equal opportunities

The OPERAS AISBL is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

Process and timescale (provisional)

Closing date for applications19-Feb-2023
Interviews & Short-listing20–28 Feb
Final interviews (optional)1–8 March 2023
Expected Starting Date01-April-2023

Information to apply

Please send a cover letter and your CV to yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org. An assessment may be part of the selection process. Only direct applications from candidates are taken into account.

OPERAS AISBL does not appreciate any acquisition by third parties regarding this position. For additional information about this position, you may contact OPERAS’ Secretary-General at yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org

Download the call here.

Project Open Science Officer – Open Call
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