Metadata librarian (RCS-SIS-LB-2024-101-GRAE)

CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research

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Job Description

Your responsibilities

Are you interested in developing your metadata management skills?

The Scientific Information Service takes care of CERN scientific publications on the CERN Document Server. The latter is our institutional repository and will be progressively replaced by a new version. Therefore, metadata and files need to be migrated from the current to the new system. This position gives the opportunity to gain experience in dealing with metadata. The selected candidate will work in the Archives & Library Section. Join a diverse and dynamic team of dedicated librarians and contribute to our collaborative environment.

The main tasks are:

  • Participating in defining the new JSON schema by analysing collections and the current metadata schema in MARC21 to map them to the new JSON schema.
  • Preparing metadata for migration and following-up of the process for the selected collections to be migrated with our IT team.
  • Checking results, ensuring metadata, files and collections are complete. - Analysing current scientific publication workflows and cataloguing workflows in order to provide specifications and requirements to the IT team on how they can be implemented in the new system.
  • Analysing the possible migration of metadata of CERN Archives content from the CERN Document Server into a new archival system and providing specifications and recommendations for related workflows.
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders of the migration process (users, cataloguers and IT)
  • Writing procedures and documentation related to the metadata migration.

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.

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
  • Library services
  • Communication skills (relations with the public)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of Python programming language would be an asset

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-2024-101-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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