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Open Science Manager at CERN (apply by 12 May 2019)

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Do you want to shape the future of Open Science in particle physics? CERN, take part! In CERN’s Research and Computing Sector (RCS), Scientific Information Service Group (SIS), you will be managing the Open Science Section (OS). In this role, you will drive discussions across the Organization to develop and execute an implementation strategy for open research data and analysis preservation at CERN. Jointly with other teams within RCS, you will ensure a smooth operation of existing tools and services in this field and participate in international open science collaborations.

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

As an Open Science Manager you will:

  • Facilitate discussion among stakeholders in the particle physics community, including theoretical physicists, experimental collaborations, their funding agencies, representatives of CERN Member States and the CERN management, to identify present and future Open Science needs and develop corresponding strategies to address them in a financially sustainable manner.
  • In partnership with the CERN IT department and other teams at CERN or outside the Organization, operate existing data and analysis curation services, monitor their efficiency in serving the particle physics community, expand their adoption and drive further improvements of these tools following the demands of the user community.
  • Represent the interests of the Organization in, and deliver strategic input to, governance bodies of international Open Science collaborations and EC projects.
  • Supervise a diverse team of specialists in scientific information management, curation and software development, share knowledge and create a working environment conducive to learning to support individual career development within the Group.

Qualification: Master’s degree or PhD, or equivalent relevant experience in the field of information management, or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in managing international Open Science collaborations in an operational as well as a coordinating role, ideally in STEM disciplines.
  • Sound understanding of the Open Science policy landscape and their implications for open access to scientific publications and research data.
  • Understanding of the research process in high-energy physics or a comparable domain, involving large research collaborations, is an advantage.
  • Initial experience in managing a team of diverse professionals.

Technical competencies:

  • Library and documentation management: understand the specific needs, standards and principles of scientific information management systems, in particular in the context of Open Science.
  • Design of databases/repositories: ability to advise on the optimization of scientific literature and data management systems.
  • Knowledge of Funding Programmes: understanding of EU funding schemes and related reporting requirements is an advantage.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Creating vision and strategic partnerships: promoting and communicating a compelling vision for the future; inspiring a sense of purpose and participation in a ground breaking and unique experience.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; successfully changing other people’s opinions by persuasive arguments.
  • Building relationships: showing appreciation for the ideas and contributions of others and encourages others to express their views, even if controversial.
  • Demonstrating accountability: taking responsibility for own actions and decisions.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.

Language skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak English in professional contexts as well as the ability to draft texts for policies, publications and official communications and to make oral presentations.
  • Ability to speak and understand French would be an advantage.


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 12.05.2019

Employment Conditions

  • Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.
  • Job grade: 6-7
  • Job reference: RCS-SIS-OS-2019-32-LD
  • Benchmark Job Title: Scientific Information Professional

Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further