INSPIRE Content and Community Manager (RCS-SIS-OA-2018-60-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Contract

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Job Description


Do you have a background in research, an experience managing scientific information and a passion for building tools for scientists? Then join us at CERN to be one of the driving forces of the INSPIRE high-energy physics digital library [] and make science go faster. Together with partners in China, Germany, France and the United States, we help 50'000 scientists worldwide every day to navigate through over a million scientific articles; seamlessly populate their scientific profile; explore connections between ideas through our graph of tens of million citations; explore conferences and jobs in the field. CERN, take part!

You will join the Research and Computing Sector, where the Scientific Information Services supports scientists at CERN and beyond to find the information they need. Our Open Access Section builds and operates infrastructures to make articles and data freely available.


As a INSPIRE Content and Community Manager you will:

  • Orchestrate the curation of INSPIRE content (scientific works, their connections, their attribution, as well as author profiles, conference indexes and job vacancies in the field) in partnership with other research institutions participating in INSPIRE and also coordinating the work of additional external parties;
  • Liaise with the INSPIRE user community, and observe the overall market for scientific information services, to understand and assess evolving needs and trends, translate them into concrete service requirements and opportunities for new and augmented features;
  • Liaise with the INSPIRE development team to participate to the monitoring and support of the service operation and the planning and delivery of new and augmented features;
  • Study, propose, design and plan increased automation of the INSPIRE processes to select content, as well as the increasing crowdsourcing of its curation.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of theoretical physics or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in the management/curation of scientific information.
  • Experience working in academic and research environments as well as understanding the scientific publication process.
  • Initial experience with (open source) software projects and an Agile software development approach.

Technical competencies:

  • Stakeholder relationship management: collects users' feedback, understands their needs and development challenges; manages all parties' expectations.
  • Publishing: understands scientific publishing/implications for researchers' evaluation; is familiar with tools to disseminate/index scientific works.
  • Library and documentation management: understands how scientific works are described, discovered, attributed to authors and how citations are tracked.
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: understands well the different roles and challenges in creating software products and operating web services.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Communicating effectively: checking to ensure that the message has been well understood; demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.
  • Building relationships: being able to put self in the shoes of others in order to understand their needs and interests; accepting others in a non-judgemental way and taking their point of view into account; showing courtesy and consideration in dealings with others.
  • Creating vision and strategic partnerships: creating shared interests and promoting contact and collaboration with key external partners; encouraging staff members and external stakeholders to take responsibility for achieving CERN's potential; recognizing the benefits of collaboration with external partners, understanding their functioning and developing a strong network within the sector.
  • Solving problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture; producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English, with the ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports, and/or to make oral presentations. 
  • Knowledge of French or the willingness to acquire it would be an advantage.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 12.08.2018.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: RCS-SIS-OA-2018-60-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Scientific Information Professional

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