Head of 'Arts at CERN'

24 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Head of 'Arts at CERN' in the International Relations Sector (IR), Education, Communications and Outreach Group (IR-ECO), Global Engagement and Exhibitions Section (IR-ECO-EN).

You will join the International Relations Sector (IR), Education, Communications and Outreach Group (ECO) that is responsible for generating public engagement in science, producing and distributing information, fostering community-building and consolidating support for CERN and its mission.

You will be part of the Global Engagement and Exhibitions Section that takes the lead in developing and implementing exhibitions, multimedia productions, online resources and other activities to inform and engage global audiences in support of CERN's mission and of fundamental science.

This position is part of the 'Arts at CERN' programme, promoting dialogue and co-creation between artists and scientists at CERN. Every year, CERN hosts more than 20 renowned artists for visits and residencies between 1-3 months to create new expert knowledge in the arts.


As Head of 'Arts at CERN', you will:

  • Manage the programming and delivery of Arts at CERN through existing residency programmes (Collide, Accelerate, Guest Artists). This includes coordinating the calls for applications, jury selection and meetings, as well as scheduling the residencies and being responsible for the budget of Arts at CERN.
  • Develop partnerships with external organisations to ensure the financial independence and long-term sustainability of the programme. This includes fundraising for the residencies and activities, through strategically planned local and international partnerships, and managing these partnerships in coordination with the relevant entities at CERN.
  • Curate artistic or arts-related content for CERN's exhibitions and outreach events, within existing and future platforms for science education and communication.
  • Develop new initiatives and platforms that can extend the reach and impact of the programme
  • Foster and manage relationships with CERN scientists and staff who participate in the residency programmes and in other initiatives of Arts at CERN.
  • Provide substantive support to the CERN Cultural Board (advisory committee composed of renowned cultural leaders in the arts.
  • Proactively raise awareness of the programme within CERN and at the local, national and international level.


Master's degree or PhD, or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Arts (Classical, Contemporary, Modern), History of Art, Art and Design, Media Studies, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Extensive (proven) experience in managing, developing and curating art programmes across different disciplines (visual, performing, media).
  • Well-established links with international artistic and cultural institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in team coordination.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Project management.
  • Process improvement.
  • Organisation, planning and control.
  • Use of Office software packages.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; using time efficiently and effectively; remaining objective, focussed and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems.
  • Working in teams: cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations; producing comprehensive work / project plans taking into account resources and contingencies; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Building relationships: showing courtesy and consideration in dealings with others; understanding how individual differences bring added value to the Organization; promoting complementarities; relating well to all people regardless of category/level within the Organization.
  • Communicating effectively: delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English: excellent command.
  • Basic knowledge of French, or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

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 24.09.2017.

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 3 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry. Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.