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CERN the coolest place in the Universe!

The European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN, founded in 1954 in Geneva, is the world's most advanced fundamental research institute for particle physics. Over the last 50 years, it has become a prime example of international collaboration with currently 20 European Member States.

CERN is an intergovernmental organization, with part of its site also on French soil. It currently has around 2500 staff members. CERN’s facilities are used by some 8000 scientists from nearly 940 institutes in 87 different countries.

Career Opportunities

We are at the forefront of technologies in many fields and have opportunities for both working and learning at CERN. This includes student and graduate programmes, as well as vacancies in many domains.

"When I visited CERN during the open days, I knew it was the employer of my dreams
and I wasn’t disappointed!”

Hana, Computing Engineer


Student Programmes

Opportunities in physics, engineering and computing
How about spending a paid training period in an exciting multidisciplinary and multicultural environment together with leading scientists from all over the world? Various possibilities are open to students from CERN’s Member States to come and join the world's leading particle physics laboratory.

Working Environment
CERN is a multidisciplinary, international environment with opportunities to work on exciting projects in fields including physics, engineering, computing and administration.

Workforce Diversity

Working at CERN is a rewarding experience, not only because CERN is at the forefront of technologies in many fields but also because of the opportunities to meet a lot of different people, and to work alongside great scientists from all over the world - it’s an excellent platform for launching your professional networks!

Surprisingly, only 2.5% of staff at CERN are research physicists; 33% are engineers and applied physicists, and 33% are technicians and technical engineers. With an annual budget of about 1000 million Swiss Francs and some 2400 highly qualified staff, CERN has a wide variety of employment opportunities, ranging through all project phases - R&D, design, production, operation and maintenance. Due to the scientific and technical nature of the Organization, most vacancies are at the forefront of technical development in various fields.


Fellowship  Programme

Particle physics research and a broad range of applied science, computing and engineering opportunities
Boost your career and contribute your ideas to the Organization! Have you graduated recently from university or an advanced technical institute? Are you interested in working for one or two years in an international environment at the forefront of research? There are currently over 300 Fellows working throughout CERN.

“It's a unique experience for a better understanding of the world of Particle and Nuclear Physics. I'm very glad to have had this opportunity. What a credit to my CV”.

Javier, Student at CERN in electronics

Staff Employment

Opportunities ranging through the phases of R&D, administration, design, production, operation and maintenance
Are you qualified in computer science, electronics, physics, electricity, radio‐frequency, cryogenics, ultrahigh vacuum, radiation protection, cooling and ventilation, operation of accelerators or superconductivity? CERN recruits around 100 engineers, technicians and applied physicists every year. We are also looking for administrative staff in finance, personal management, law, purchasing and accounting.

Professional Development

Access to on-the-job training and to CERN’s on-site training programmes including technical, management, communication and language courses.
CERN encourages its staff to develop their competencies and acquire new work-related skills by appropriate training either on- or off-site.

CERN also organizes schools (accelerators, computing, physics) in various locations in the Member States as well as many on-site seminars related to CERN’s activities.

Training at CERN is constantly evolving and the training programmes evolve as a function of the training needs.

New Challenges

Our understanding of the Universe is about to change...

We work on several projects and particularly the most famous one, the LHC.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, spanning the border about 100 metres underground between Switzerland and France. In a tunnel of 27 km circumference, beams of particles collide at a speed close to the speed of light. By studying these collisions at higher energies than ever before, physicists working with the LHC will make further progress in understanding the mysteries of how our universe is made and how it came to be. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.
More information about the LHC can be found here.
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