Data Officer

Do you have experience in data management?  Would others describe you as proactive and service minded? Apply your skills to the sustainable use of the seas as an ICES Data Officer!

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental organization which aims to advance the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and provide information and advice on the sustainable use of the seas.

ICES is looking for a talented individual with competences in data management and some knowledge in scripting languages or databases to join the ICES Secretariat Data Centre based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The Data team comprises 15 staff members who provide marine data services to ICES member countries, science expert groups, European Commission, Regional Seas Conventions (HELCOM and OSPAR), the European Environment Agency (EEA), and various other projects and portals.

We seek a candidate to fill the role of Data Officer working across the different data flows managed by ICES. These data are used for the assessment of the marine environment and this role involves close collaboration with national institute experts dealing with data collection and the assessment of these data. The role will require a flexible and service-minded approach, as the ability to manage internal and external relationships with data customers and data providers is both important and very dynamic. A vocational or educational background related to science, and/or statistics and/or software development are an essential aspect of this role as both thematic understanding and proven technical skills are required in this position. 

The following skills and competencies are critical for this role:

Key responsibilities:

  • Registering, loading and documenting data in the ICES data management system(s) for key dataflows such as impulsive noise, continuous noise, cetaceans, SmartDots
  • Proactively communicating with data providers and data users on all aspects of data processing, data products and data calls
  • Quality control of data and meta-data, with specific support to the roll-out of the Data Profiling Tool to the experts
  • Content governance of the data flows, including code control through the ICES code vocabulary and further development of the dataflow schematics
  • Close cooperation with the Data Team towards the development of new and existing services
  • Active participation in project team meetings and project management
  • Other relevant data management activities

Required competences:

  • University degree in science or equivalent vocational experience
  • Solid written and spoken English
  • A team player, but capable of working independently with little supervision
  • A high level of computer competence, knowledge of databases and related software tools
  • Project management experience
  • Proactive problem solving and communication
  • Methodical approach, i.e. managing tasks, priorities and responsibilities

Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week), starting in August 2023 or as soon as possible, for a four-year contract period with the possibility of extension.

ICES Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities pursuant to the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The salary for this role is situated at the “C5” grade which is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical to, the United Nations common salary system.  A tax-free pension scheme is available.

The ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions and principles of employment and the responsibilities of the staff of the ICES Secretariat.

ICES encourages a positive workplace culture by striving for inclusivity and diversity appointment of its staff. This includes family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements, and standards of conduct. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. 


If you feel you have the professional and personal qualities we are looking for, please submit your application via Talent Attract no later than midnight, Sunday, 11 June 2023 .

Questions about this vacancy may be directed to Head of Data and Information Neil Holdsworth.  For more information about ICES, please visit our home page: 

Wanted skills
When you apply for this job, you'll be asked to consider the following:
  • How would you rate your English language skills?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in data management?

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