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About CERN

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists, engineers and technicians are working side by side to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 23 member states.

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What is CERN?

What is the nature of our universe? What is it made of? These are the questions we are striving to find answers to at CERN. CERN provides a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge, to perform world-class research in fundamental physics, and most of all to unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all. Beyond science, we also aim to be a politically neutral voice for science, advocating investment in fundamental research and evidence-based policy; to build further links with industry in terms of the transfer of knowledge from CERN to industry; to train a new generation of scientists and engineers; and to inspire and nurture scientific awareness in all citizens.

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Working at CERN

Imagine taking part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. People often associate CERN with physics alone, however to perform physics research on this scale requires the engineers, technicians and support staff to design, build, operate and maintain the huge and complex accelerator, detector and related infrastructures. This means we are looking to hire people like you, across all disciplines ranging from electronics and electrical engineering to radiofrequency, vacuum, civil engineering, mechanics, material science, controls and data acquisition and more; we even hire firefighters. And to top it all, CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and today, a hub for large scale and distributed computing, so if this is your field, you’ll find your place at CERN. 

So look no further: if you're a student, a graduate, just starting your career or an experienced professional, whatever your field of expertise, CERN could be your next opportunity! 

Even after 15 years, coming to CERN as a technical Student still remains the best decision of my life. Every day is filled with challenging problems, wonderful people and unsolved mysteries while working on tomorrow’s solutions.

Odd Øyvind Andreassen, Section Leader, BE-CEM-MTA
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Senior Fellowship: UX Researcher/ Business Analyst

Job description As a UX Researcher / Business Analyst you will join the Product Design team within the Business Computing (BC) group, responsible for software in the domains of HR, Finance, Supply Chain and Site Management. Your mission is to liaise...

Søknadsfrist: 03. juni, 2022

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Electronics Technician (TTE Programme)

Job description Are you a technician looking for a new professional experience? If so, joining CERN’s Technician Training Experience programme may be the perfect opportunity for you.  Are you a passionate Electronics Technician who would like to pa...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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The benefits of working at CERN

In addition to an exciting career opportunity, CERN offers a comprehensive benefits package like no other: six weeks’ holidays plus a two-week break at the end of the year, access to onsite facilities such as a Kindergarten, bank, post office, travel agency, restaurants – it’s real campus-living. People here enjoy a truly cosmopolitan life, in the heart of Europe. The environment offers a myriad of leisure activities, with a wide variety of clubs you can join spanning sports, music, culture, arts and more. There are so many reasons that working at CERN is truly rewarding: it’s not just the work and atmosphere that makes people enjoy their jobs, it’s the tangible elements that they receive too. Find out more on: 

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Technical Student opportunities at CERN

One of CERN’s key missions is education. Our professionals very much enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with students who are committed and passionate about their chosen field. CERN offers a wide choice of opportunities for students with the Summer, Technical, Doctoral and Administrative student programmes, and for graduates in engineering, research and technical disciplines through the prestigious CERN Fellowship Programme and the Technician Training Experience.  Find out more about the Organization, the workplace, the opportunities and more on our careers website: https://careers.cern/.

It truly is a place like nowhere else on earth.

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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity, or the bringing together of people from different countries and cultures to work on a common goal, has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation. It is a key value for CERN and the Diversity and inclusion programme works on many fronts to ensure we all enjoy a unique experience, working together, side by side in a multicultural, multidisciplinary work environment, without political or religious barriers. Most recently, the 25 by '25 strategy has been launched: a long-term commitment to boosting diversity within the Staff and Graduate population, in two dimensions in which CERN reports on: gender and nationality. 

And CERN’s reach is vast: the transfer of CERN technologies and expertise to society is an integral part of CERN’s activities, providing novel solutions in many fields. Find out more about Knowledge Transfer at CERN. The CERN & Society Foundation has as its mission is to support and promote the mission of CERN and disseminate its benefits to the wider public. It operates nationally and internationally across three main areas: Education & Outreach, Innovation & Knowledge Exchange, and Culture & Creativity. 

So many exciting reasons to take part… don’t hesitate and apply now! 

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technician (TTE Programme)

Job description The mandate of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (EN-MME) group is to provide to the CERN community specific engineering solutions combining mechanical design, fabrication and material sciences. The Materials, Metrology &...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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Electrical / Information Technologies Technician (TTE Programme)

You will join: The Engineering Department (EN) provides CERN with the Engineering Competences, Infrastructure Systems and Technical Coordination required for the design, installation, operation, maintenance and dismantling phases of the CERN accel...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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Linux System Administrator (TTE programme)

Job description Does the idea of developing the mission-critical computing infrastructure to support LHC physics at CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, and providing operational support, excite you? Become involved in the ope...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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Fibre Optics Installations Technician (TTE Programme)

Job description Great technology needs great people! Join the Fibre Optics Section in the Electrical Engineering Group (EN-EL) and actively participate in the design, preparation, supervision and validation of optical fibre installations. The Engin...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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Maintenance and Work Supervision of the LHC (TTE Programme)

Job description The EN-CV-LHC section needs additional support for the operation and works supervision activities in the LHC and HL-LHC areas. Functions: You will reinforce the EN-CV-LHC team by being involved in all the stages of the maintenance,...

Søknadsfrist: 04. juni, 2022

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Mechanical Technician (TE-MSC-SMT-2022-41-LD)

Job description Join a great team pushing the limits of superconducting accelerator magnets, to shape the future of CERN largest accelerator. CERN, take part! You will join the Superconducting Magnet Technology (SMT) Section, part of the Magnets, S...

Søknadsfrist: 29. mai, 2022

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Database on Demand Operations Support (TTE Programme)

Job description As an early-career technician working as a Database on Demand Operations Support, you will work in the CERN Information Technology (IT) Department, which provides computing services for all aspects of the laboratory’s activities. The...

Søknadsfrist: 29. mai, 2022

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Database on Demand Operations Support (TTE Programme)

Job description As an early-career technician working as a Database on Demand Operations Support, you will work in the CERN Information Technology (IT) Department, which provides computing services for all aspects of the laboratory’s activities. The...

Søknadsfrist: 29. mai, 2022

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Job description The Engineering Department (EN) pushes forward the limits of technology to provide innovative research tools to the physics and engineering worldwide community. Within the EN Department, the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Group...

Søknadsfrist: 30. mai, 2022

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Professional firefighter

Job description Are you an experienced professional firefighter? Would you like to work in an industrial setting? Does the idea of a new experience in a unique environment appeal to you? Then join an international team of highly trained firefighters...

Søknadsfrist: 31. august, 2022

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ATLAS Cooling Technician (TTE Programme)

Job description Are you a recent qualified Mechanical Technician, willing to become further develop your knowledge and skills in the cooling systems construction, testing, qualification and operation for one of the world's most complex and exciting ...

Søknadsfrist: 31. mai, 2022

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Mechanical Technician (detector construction) - (TTE Programme)

Job description  In a continuous effort to push the energy frontier, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will undergo a major upgrade, which will extend its service life and boost its performance. For that, more efficient detector systems will be nee...

Søknadsfrist: 31. mai, 2022

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Finance Manager

In the IT department, included in the Research and Computing Sector, managing a budget of 54 MCHF, under the overall supervision of the Resource Management Group Leader, you will lead the team responsible for budget management and analysis, financial...

Søknadsfrist: 25. mai, 2022

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Safety Engineer

Job description Are you a Safety Engineer or equivalent with experience and knowledge in Health, Safety and Environment matters? Do you have strong skills in improving safety at the workplace in an efficient and collaborative approach? Would you lik...

Søknadsfrist: 19. mai, 2022

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Radio Frequency Engineer (SY-RF-AC-2022-37-LD)

Are you an enthusiastic engineer in electro mechanics looking to acquire RF power experience whilst working on complex RF problematics? CERN, take part! You will join the Accelerator Systems Department (SY), which is responsible for the beam-relat...

Søknadsfrist: 01. juni, 2022

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Applied Physicist (SY-BI-XEI-2022-45-LD)

Job description Are you a skilled Applied Physicist who is passionate about designing complex beam instrumentation and diagnostics for accelerators at the high energy and intensity frontier? CERN, take part! You will join the Accelerator Systems De...

Søknadsfrist: 22. mai, 2022

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Maintenance Technician (TTE Programme)

Job description The Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection unit (HSE) support the Organization in the implementation and enforcement of its Safety Policy. It monitors the application and accomplishment of Safety objectives aim...

Søknadsfrist: 31. mai, 2022

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Material Scientist for surface analysis (TE-VSC-SCC-2022-40-LD)

Job description With a total of 130 km of vacuum vessel, CERN operates one of the largest vacuum systems in the world. Are you interested in performing surface analysis for diagnostics, quality control and R&D for this unique accelerator infrast...

Søknadsfrist: 26. mai, 2022

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Mechanical Technician and Workshop Supervisor (SY-STI-RBS-2022-46-LD)

Job description Are you a mechanical technician with experience in mechanical assembly and supervision of the day-to-day activities of the workshop? Then seize this opportunity to be part of a team in charge of the mechanical production and assembly...

Søknadsfrist: 27. mai, 2022

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Technical Engineer for Construction of Superconducting Devices (TE-MSC-CMI-2022-27-LD)

Come and join a great team pushing the limits of superconducting accelerator magnets, to shape the future of CERN's largest accelerator. CERN, take part!You will join:The Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) group of the Technology Department...

Søknadsfrist: 15. juni, 2022

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