Research Data Support Manager

08 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Research Data Support Manager in the Research and Computing Sector (RCS), Scientific Information Service Group (SIS), Open Access Section (OA).

You would join a vibrant workplace at CERN, within our SIS Group. We are developing, operating, and enhancing services like CERN Open Data and CERN Analysis Preservation. This position is part of the core team of the FREYA project. Funded by the European Commission under the H2020 programme, in partnership with leading institutions in the field, FREYA fosters adoption of persistent identifiers across research communities, and the way they can build Open Science services.


As a Research Data Support Manager you will take a leading role at CERN's contribution to FREYA, developing services that power open science with persistent identifiers (DOI, ORCID) and connects persons, scientific artefacts, places.

Within the High-Energy Physics community, you will support adoption of these identifiers, and help establishing long term best practices. You will be directly involved in the cutting-edge activities of curation, preservation and management of LHC research data within the SIS Group at CERN. You will share your experience with the FREYA partners and the research community writing reports, publications and giving presentations in appropriate fora.

As a Research Data Support Manager, you will:

  • Design and operationalise curation workflows for research data, and other ancillary materials to publications, for the High-Energy Physics community at the LHC and beyond.
  • Research and report on best practices in research data management, use of persistent identifiers, and data publishing.
  • Link the research community and external best practices: act as a bi-directional link between the research data management challenges of the High-Energy Physics community and the wider work of the FREYA consortium.
  • Coordinate the process of requirement gathering and distilling technical specification within the FREYA project and research data curation in the SIS.
  • Represent CERN for specific activities within the FREYA consortium and at related international events.


Bachelor in the field of library and/or scientific information management, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Familiarity with emerging solutions in data publishing.
  • Experience developing or operating services at the interface between the research community and service providers.
  • Experience with research data curation.
  • Familiarity with an international, remote, collaborative work environment.
  • Experience in designing and delivering services leveraging persistent identifiers infrastructure (DOI, ORCID IDs).

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Library and documentation Management.
  • Digital curation.
  • Customer Relationship Management.
  • User Relationship Management.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results: driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion; taking appropriate corrective actions and adapting work / project plans if necessary.
  • Demonstrating accountability: taking responsibility for own actions and decisions; working conscientiously and reliably; delivering on promises.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: taking steps to expand knowledge in other areas of expertise beyond own field; being receptive to others' ideas and building on them; thinking "out of the box" and proposing fresh ideas, insights and methodologies.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities; debating at the table and engaging in constructive confrontation of ideas.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak English in professional contexts. Abilty to draw-up technical specifications and scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • The knowledge of the French language or the willingness to acquire this rapidly 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 11.03.2018.

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Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 2.5 years . Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.