CERN - Open Science Information Architect

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Created: March 31, 2015


Open Science Information Architect (THOR Project)

The THOR project is a cooperation of CERN, the British Library, ORCID, DataCite, Dryad, EMBL-EBI, PANGAEA, the Australian National Data Service, PLoS and Elsevier. THOR builds on the DataCite and ORCID initiatives to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts (such as data) and attribute them to researchers through `persistent identifiers' (PIDs). The project is completing arrangements for financing by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Program, is expected to start in June 2015 and last 30 months.

THOR project partners aim to make research work better and support Open Science by, facilitating attribution, discovery and re-use of scientific artefacts, and deploy enhanced metrics to assess their impact. Services will be designed and delivered both in general across the ORCID and DataCite infrastructures, in partnership with data repository (Dryad, ANDS) and emerging publishers' solutions (PLoS, Elsevier), and through concrete examples in High-Energy Physics (at CERN), Humanities and Social Sciences (at the British Library), Life Sciences (at EBI) and Geosciences (at PANGAEA).

CERN participates to THOR through the Scientific Information Service within the General Infrastructure Services Department. CERN is seeking an Information Architect with a background either in Computer Science or in Library and Information Science to take a leading role in THOR.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for designing and delivering Open Science services for the High-Energy Physics community. These services will be based on the opportunity to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts in the field (such as data, but also software) across several platforms through DataCite DOI persistent identifiers, and attribute them uniquely to researchers by using the ORCID services.

R&D activity will be a collaborative endeavor with all THOR partners, while paying attention to specific requirements of the High-Energy Physics community. Services and solutions will be implemented through a suite of existing CERN platforms: mostly the INSPIRE digital library (, as well as the CERN Open Data Portal ( and the planned CERN Analysis Preservation Framework ( All these platforms are based on the Invenio digital library technology, and are part of the CERN Open Science framework.

The successful candidate will be part of an international, multidisciplinary and dynamic team at CERN supporting Open Science initiatives. S/he will participate to the wider effort of THOR and additionally contribute to overall R&D for interoperability solution for the ORCID and DataCite integration across scientific communities.

Eligibility conditions
We are looking for an Open Science Information Architect, with either a Computer Science or a Library and Information Science background and a MSc or higher diploma and with less than 10 years professional experience after the MSc including any Doctoral studies, preferably a national from the CERN Member States

Experience and qualification for candidates with a Computer Science background:
.MSc or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent.
.Experience in designing complex information architectures; preferably in a research environment.
.Experience in developing in a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Python) stack; familiarity with git or similar distributed version-control system; desirably in a production environment.
.Interest in user-centric development and current usability challenges.
.An understanding of how scientists work and current challenges in Open Science.
.Work experience in an agile software development environment is an asset.
.First-hand experience in developing services for the research community is an important asset.


Experience and qualification for candidates with a Library and Information Science background:
.MSc or PhD in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
.First-hand experience in developing services for the research community, and in particular data management and/or data publishing workflows.
.An understanding of how scientists work and current challenges in Open Science.
.Work experience in an agile project management environment is an asset.
.Interest and experience in usability studies are an asset.

What We Offer
.Attractive remuneration under CERN Fellow employment contract for up to a maximum of 30 months.
.Excellent social conditions including pension, private health insurance, family allowance.
.More information on the CERN Fellowship program is available at:

Application and Selection Procedure
Applications should be submitted at and should include
.a completed electronic application form;
.your Curriculum Vitae;
.a copy of the last (highest) qualification;
.a motivation letter;
.a list of recent publications, if applicable;
.three letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.

Applications will be considered by a panel of experts after the deadline. As part of the selections, video interviews will be held. Interviews may also be held at CERN (travel costs will be covered).
The expected starting date of the contract, subject to the successful conclusion of the negotiations with the European Commission, is 1st of June 2015.

Closing date for applications: April 23rd, 2015

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