30 November 2018


£40,000 + excellent benefits


About the role

The transition to digital archiving and access is fundamentally changing the way we acquire, manage and present our collections. In response to this, The National Archives (UK) is shaping a programme of digital research to enable us to understand and respond to technological developments and to create new methodologies, tools and interfaces for digital record-keeping, curation, preservation and presentation.

This is a complex and fast-moving area with few precedents and it presents excellent potential to produce ground-breaking research for submission to peer-reviewed academic publications. You will have the opportunity to help shape research priorities, collaborate widely with experts in academia and industry and contribute to other areas of work.

Role type: UK Civil Service, Senior Executive Officer, Permanent, Full time (flexible working based on 36 hours/week) or part-time/job share

About you

In this role, you will rely on your experience and specialist knowledge to contribute to The National Archive's digital research and development programme. You will shape and deliver high-quality research, investigating key issues within relevant fields including: digital preservation; risk modelling; presentation of digital records; probabilistic linked data; data analysis and visualisation.

You will have the vision and technical expertise to design a robust and scalable architecture for digital archiving and build strategic alignment across the range of digital products. You will help shape the future of digital archiving services and communicate this vision to stakeholders across government and the international digital archiving community. We are looking for an excellent communicator who thrives working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and is passionate about applying technology to solve problems.

This is an opportunity to work with committed and talented developers, designers, archivists and researchers who share a passion for creating high quality, user-focused digital services for a range of audiences.

Essential Criteria:

  • Quantitative research experience and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an ability to think innovatively and challenge assumptions.
  • Degree level qualification or significant experience in Information Science or Computer Science or a related science, engineering or mathematical discipline, with expertise in two or more of the following areas and the ability and willingness to develop your knowledge:
    • Principles and practice of digital preservation
    • Email technologies
    • Processing varied, large-scale structured and unstructured data
    • Machine learning or statistical modelling
    • Natural language processing
    • Semantic web and linked data technologies
    • Cloud-based information management systems
  • A proven ability to develop high-quality ’proof of concept’ research prototypes for demonstration, investigation of problems and solutions, testing and iterative development, using a combination of open-source technologies and programming language(s) of your choice.


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