We provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge. We perform world-class research in fundamental physics. We unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.

At CERN, our work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. We do this by providing a unique range of particle accelerator facilities to researchers, to advance the boundaries of human knowledge.

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What we do

Imagine taking part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. CERN needs more than physicists and engineers – 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.

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing 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, which 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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Interview process

The recruitment process varies depending on the CERN programme you apply for.

The main student and graduate (fellowship) programmes open for applications twice per year for several months, with closing dates in March and October. Selections are made by a panel of experts who meet in May and November and results are communicated soon after.

Technician Training Experience (TTE) fellowships open all year round with 3 ‘selections’ per year: January, June and October.

Staff (professional) positions open all year round: the recruitment process is detailed on

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Job opportunities

  • Internships
  • Student employee (“Werkstudent”)
  • Trainee program
  • Career start program
  • Direct entry

Wanted specialties

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Robotics
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Statistics
  • Management, Technology and Economics (MTEC)


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