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NDRIO Researcher Council Now Accepting Nominations and Applications

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is accepting applications and nominations for its Researcher Council. The Researcher Council will engage with, and articulate the needs of, the research community in Canada as it relates to the delivery of Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) services.

Nominations and applications are being accepted until Sunday, August 23, 2020.


NDRIO is seeking researchers to join the Researcher Council who are passionate about ensuring the DRI needs of the diverse researcher community are met, and to achieve this objective will make recommendations to NDRIO’s Board of Directors and management. This is a key opportunity for researchers from all career stages to make a valuable impact on the way the DRI ecosystem supports Canadian researchers.

All qualified candidates will be considered for the Researcher Council. Candidates can apply directly using the application form posted on NDRIO’s website or they may be nominated by NDRIO’s Primary Member institutions. Candidates are welcomed from all sources who share the Researcher Council’s vision and commitment to advancing Canada’s research infrastructure.

The candidate selection process is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) principles throughout the selection process. The Researcher Council will represent the diversity of the national research enterprise including: research discipline; institution; geographic and linguistic diversity; and diversity between established and emerging researchers. Researcher Council members will have experience in Advanced Research Computing (ARC), Research Software (RS) and/or Data Management (DM) domains. Applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by the Researcher Advisory Group with final decisions made by NDRIO’s Board of Directors.

Other application details

Researcher Council candidates will serve staggered terms of up to three years. We expect the Researcher Council to meet on a monthly basis, with a significant time commitment at the outset given NDRIO is a start-up organization.

NDRIO is currently looking to fill 15-20 of these voluntary, prestigious positions. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, August 23, 2020. This deadline may be extended, as appropriate.

For more information, please refer to the Researcher Council Position Profile, Frequently Asked Questions or the NDRIO website.

Purpose of the Researcher Council

The Researcher Council is a critical component of NDRIO’s commitment to involve the research community as it designs a new service delivery model supporting Canada’s new DRI strategy.

The Researcher Council will help assess the DRI landscape, summarize the research community’s DRI needs, provide strategic vision, and serve as ambassadors for NDRIO’s mandate. It will also make recommendations to the NDRIO Board and management on the delivery of DRI infrastructure and services, and ensure that a diversity of researcher voices is represented by NDRIO.

A well-rounded, robust and diverse Researcher Council is an important component of NDRIO’s governance model, and part of the organization’s By-Laws. Research Council members will represent the diversity of the national research enterprise.

This is a prominent opportunity for seasoned, mid-career and emerging researchers to make a valuable impact.