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Research Computing and Data Professionals Job Elements and Career Guide

RCD Professionalization Working Group

The guide provides an HR Job Family framework for the work of research computing and data professionals operating in universities, government labs, and other research-intensive settings. The overall aim of the document is to achieve consistent terminology and elements across the profession, while also facilitating flexibility to match highly diverse organizational contexts.
Among the potential applications of this document are the following:

  • A framework to guide conversations between HR leaders and research computing and data leaders around attracting, retaining, and developing talent.
  • A vehicle for self-assessment by leaders in the research computing and data community.
  • An element in the professionalization of the research computing and data community.
  • A basis for managing the interfaces between the research computing and data community and related domains, including information technology, data science, computer science, and data analytics.
  • A foundation for organizational development and strategic planning for the research computing and data function in organizations.
  • A set of thought starters on careers for individuals and a foundation for documenting career paths as they take place in the profession.
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