Job: Open Science Librarian

6.1.16 – Open Science Librarian
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Sarah P’s comments:  To be eligible to apply for this position you must be a citizen of the 21 CERN countries. Thank you librarian Daisy Larios for shairng this position. I always appreciate anyone notifying me of any open positions as there is only me writing this blog (in my spare time!) and I know I miss some opportunities…


The THOR project is financed by the European Commission H2020 program. It focuses on the Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research. It started in June 2015 and will run through November 2017. It is a cooperation of CERN, the British Library, ORCID, DateCite, Dryad, EMBL-EBI, PANGAEA, Australian National Data Service (ANDS), PLoS and Elsevier.

THOR builds on the DataCite and ORCID initiatives to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts (beyond articles: such as data and software) and attribute them to researchers through `persistent identifiers’. THOR project partners aim to support Open Science by facilitating, discovery and re-use of scientific artefacts, and deploy enhanced metrics to assess their impact. THOR partners design and deploy services both in general, across the ORCID and DataCite infrastructures, and in partnership with data repositories and emerging publishers’ solutions as well as concrete examples in High-Energy Physics (at CERN), Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Geosciences. More information about the THOR project can be found here.

Job Reference: FELL-EINFRA-THOR-2

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Role Description

CERN participates to THOR through the Scientific Information Service within the Research and Computing Sector. The team is searching for an early career professional with a background in Library and Information science, an interest in persistent identifiers and metadata requirements for Open Science.

The successful candidate will join the team working on Open Science services for the High-Energy Physics community, including the CERN Open Data portal (link is external)INSPIRE (link is external) and HEPData (link is external). In collaboration with all THOR partners, the successful candidate will participate to the design and delivery of services to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts in the field (such as data, but also software) across several platforms through persistent identifiers, and attribute them uniquely to researchers by using the ORCID services. The successful candidate will collaborate with the entire international and multidisciplinary THOR team and contribute to R&D for interoperability solution across scientific communities.

Eligibility conditions:

  • BSc or MSc in Library and Information Science and an exposure to Open Science principles.
  • A maximum of 4 years relevant experience after obtaining the highest diploma
  • First-hand experience in one or more of the following: research data management, persistent identifiers, metadata requirements.
  • Interest and experience in software development lifecycle and/or usability studies are an asset.

The position is within the Junior Fellowship Programme. We welcome applications from nationals of all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.

Documents required

Applications should include:

  • a completed electronic application form;
  • your Curriculum Vitae;
  • a copy of the last (highest) qualification;
  • a motivation letter;
  • two letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
What We Offer

  • Attractive remuneration under CERN Fellow employment contract (stipend scale for Junior Fellows is 5165CHF – 6413CHF).
  • Excellent social conditions including pension, private health insurance, family allowance.
  • More information on the CERN Fellowship program is available here.
Selection Procedure

  • Applications will be considered by a panel of experts after the deadline.
  • As part of the selections, video interviews may be held.
  • The starting date of the contract would be as soon as possible. In any case, the contract will end no later than 30 November 2017 to coincide with the end of the THOR project.
  • For more information please contact (link sends e-mail)


As an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO), CERN is funded primarily through contributions from its twenty-one Member States, Associate Member States, and one Candidate for Accession to Membership.  Accordingly, as is standard for IGOs, CERN recruits its Staff Members, most of its Fellows and the participants in its Student Programmes from nationals of these countries.

The following 21 countries are Member States of CERN:
Austria Belgium Bulgaria the Czech Republic Denmark
Finland France Germany Greece Hungary
Israel Italy the Netherlands Norway Poland
Portugal the Slovak Republic Spain Sweden Switzerland
the United Kingdom

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