Repository Librarian (RCS-SIS-LB-2019-58-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


Are you a skilled repository librarian with a profound knowledge of academic communication, who likes to work in a dynamic environment to ensure open access to scientific results? CERN, take part!

You can apply your skills to improve the user experience by enriching the material made available to the community via platforms such as Inspire and the CERN Document Server (CDS). Our service helps 50,000 scientists worldwide - mainly within the field of high-energy physics - every day to find information across a million of scientific articles, seamlessly populate their scientific profile and explore connections between ideas through our graph of tens of million citations. 

You will join the Research and Computing Sector where the Scientific Information Service supports scientists at CERN and beyond to make their own content available and to find any information they need for their research. The Scientific Information Services is responsible for the curation of the content and facilitates to make a maximum of the scientific artifacts available open access under Creative Common licenses.


As a Repository Librarian in the Library Section, together with senior members of the team, you will act as the main liaison between the library and the CERN experiments with regard to ingestion of the scientific production in the repositories. In addition, you will supervise and operate the harvesting of metadata and files from external systems and participate in the curation and enrichment of the data, give input to the design/revision of submission forms and the corresponding data structure, coordinate digitization of legacy content, take part in regular library operations; and have the opportunity to support and mentor the junior cataloguers at the core of the team.

More specifically, as a Repository Librarian in the Library Section, you will:

  • Take responsibility for the entire ingestion and curation of the CERN scientific output in the institutional repository (CDS).
  • Take part in the cross-laboratories curation team, operating the Inspire repository and participate in its coordination.
  • Contribute to the documentation of procedures, design of workflows and definition and evolution of data structures.
  • Monitor the ingestion workflows for new and existing service features.
  • Articulate technical solutions and ensure compliance with CDS and Inspire requirements.
  • Coach junior cataloguers to curate documents in accordance with modern standards and methods.
  • Participate as needed in standard library operations and services.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of library and information science, or a related field.


  • Demonstrated repository experience, preferably in an academic environment.
  • Track-record with work-flow design (submission forms, harvesting, integration with third party services).
  • Familiarity with data exchange protocols.
  • Experience in dealing with copyright and licenses issues .

Technical competencies:

  • Library and documentation management.
  • Digitizing collections.
  • Digital curation: a deep understanding of data structures and formats (JSON, MARCXML).

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: dividing extensive work/projects into manageable sub-tasks with clearly defined milestones; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer; proposing ways to improve or streamline existing procedures, processes and methodologies.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to draw up technical texts.
  • Basic knowledge of French or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

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 02.06.2019.

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: 4-5

Job reference: RCS-SIS-LB-2019-58-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Scientific Information Support Officer

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