Library cataloguer (RCS-SIS-LB-2024-100-GRAE)

CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research

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Job Description

Your responsibilities

Are you looking to become a library cataloguer?

The Scientific Information Service ensures CERN scientific publications are properly indexed in digital repositories, processing 18K records per year. The selected candidate will work in the Archives & Library Section. This position gives the opportunity to gain experience in curation and cataloguing of scientific documents. Join a diverse and dynamic team of dedicated librarians and contribute to our collaborative environment.

The main tasks are:

  • Curating CERN scientific publications in INSPIRE ( and the CERN Document Server (, including:
  • Cataloguing in JSON and MARC of scientific articles, conference papers, and other document types.
  • Checking and updating records to ensure accurate metadata in our systems.
  • Updating and writing procedures related to cataloguing/curation.
  • Scanning documents and preparing metadata files to ingest them in the repositories.

The successful applicant will also participate in other activities of the Archives & Library section:

  • Taking part in Library desk shifts to help researchers in their use of the Library services.
  • Fulfilling other tasks related to the Library & Archives work according to the needs and the ongoing activities.

Comprehensive training will be provided for this position.

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Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Cataloguing rules and standards
  • Familiarity with JSON, MARC21, XML would be an asset
  • Library services
  • Communication skills (relations with the public)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Team player

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • By the application deadline, you have a maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation in Library & Information Science (or a related field) and your highest educational qualification is either a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.
  • Applicants without University degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 9 July 2024 23:59 CEST.

Job reference: RCS-SIS-LB-2024-100-GRAE

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-October-2024

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 5134 and 5647 Swiss Francs (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN's comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

About us

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

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.

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