Post of the Managing Director of CESSDA AS

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure that provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. CESSDA has evolved from a network of European data service providers into a legal entity and large-scale infrastructure under the auspices of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in June 2013. Since then, CESSDA has been organised as a limited company under Norwegian law. CESSDA is working to define and extend the frontiers in this rapidly expanding field. The Main Office is located in Bergen, Norway, and coordinates the cooperation between Data Service Providers from the 13 European countries which currently participate, and any which join in the future.

CESSDA is now seeking to recruit its first

Managing Director

We are seeking an outstanding person to head the Main Office, and act as the chief executive officer, chief scientific officer and representative of CESSDA in the international community.

Role Description

Responsibilities of the Managing Director will include:

The Managing Director will be supported in these tasks by the team of the CESSDA Main Office, consisting of up to eight persons.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be able to elaborate the strategic goals of CESSDA and demonstrate the leadership to make them a reality. Excellent communication and negotiation skills are indispensable, as well as a proven record of management capabilities including experiences in financial management, organizational development and team leadership.

The successful candidate will meet as many of the following criteria.


Besides the opportunity to shape the implementation of a large infrastructure in a quickly developing environment, the position offers the following benefits:

Practical Information

The Managing Director will be based at the main office in Bergen and is expected to be travelling frequently through Europe.

This post is being advertised for a period of five years in the first instance. The statutes currently allow the post to be re-appointed for a further five years.

Application Process

To submit an application, please send an application letter that describes your qualifications, experience, and specific outlook for the post. Please send this, two formal letters of reference, a CV including a list of recent relevant publications and other relevant materials in a single PDF-file to

The closing date for applications is March 14.

Short-listed candidates should be prepared to participate in an interview in Bergen, Norway, (envisaged date: April 28.)

Expected start date in office for the Managing Director: August 2014.

For further information, please contact Bjørn Henrichsen (Chair of the Board of Directors)


Phone: +47 55 58 21 18