Job opportunity: FAIRware Project Consultant

About FAIRware and the role

FAIRware is a software tool intended to help researchers easily assess and improve the FAIR-ness of their work, based on the FAIR guiding principles which assert that research data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). FAIRware is currently under development, managed and co-funded by several Research on Research Institute (RoRI) partners.

The Wellcome Trust, one of the funders of the FAIRware project, seeks a project consultant to manage and guide the project. The role holder will use their technical expertise and experience to shape the future direction of the project, developing and leading on new areas of work for FAIRware and the project. We’d like to broaden the future use of FAIRware beyond the biomedical sciences and the consultant will lead work to make this happen.

The role will also be responsible for chairing steering group meetings and managing milestone payments, legal agreements and relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for a senior consultant with significant experience in the FAIR domain – including technical knowledge of FAIR data and FAIR software. You must have an in-depth understanding of and experience working with stakeholders in these areas.

We’re also open to applications from organisations, companies or agencies who would be able to provide the right support. For example, offering senior consultancy and project management support through multiple roles. Please contact the email address below to discuss this possibility further.

Contract details

Hours: between 0.5 and 0.6 FTE (~20 hours per week)

You must be able to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours a week to this contract. FAIRware project partners are based across multiple time zones, so international applications are welcome as long as you are available between 1600 and 1700 UTC for steering group meetings.

Salary: around £5,500 per month

Contract: Short-term contract, starting as soon as possible and ending on 31 August 2022. Please note, we’re looking for a contractor agreement only and are unable to offer this position though PAYE.

How to apply

Please email your CV with a cover letter to by Tuesday 9th November 2021.

More detail about the role’s responsibilities and deliverables can be found below.
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Key responsibilities and deliverables for the role of FAIRware Project Manager

Strategic consultancy:

  • Develop and lead ways to shape and expand the project
  • Identifying strategic opportunities for partnerships and promoting community uptake
  • Maintaining knowledge and links with other key groups and funders in the FAIR data space.

FAIRware steering group management (meets monthly for 75 minutes):

  • Chairing and contributing to steering group meetings
  • Compiling and circulating agenda
  • Steering group includes representatives of FWF, CIHR, NIHR, SNSF, Wellcome, BMIR, FAIRsFAIR, GO FAIR.

Relationship management:

  • Managing BMIR-RoRI relationship (weekly 30-minute check-in)
  • Acting as point of contact for the steering group.

Providing progress reports to RoRI:

  • Preparing monthly project updates for RoRI board
  • Preparing bi-annual updates for RoRI consortium.

Tracking delivery of agreed milestones and manage milestone payments:

  • Ensuring swift payment upon delivery of milestones
  • Approving budget adjustments.

Compile and manage legal agreements:

  • Ensuring all necessary legal agreements are compiled, executed and honoured.


  • Drafting press releases and other communications materials
  • Managing a dedicated Slack channel.