CERN Jobs Insight


New year resolutions?


Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

2016 has been a very busy year for Talent Acquisition at CERN: since the 1st of January, more than 130 vacancies have been advertised, over 16000 CVs have been read, and over 670 candidates have come to CERN for a face to face interview. And that’s only for staff positions! Student and fellow recruitment have also been intense with 100s of candidates selected in the various committees to take part in their own adventure at CERN this year.

The reward for this intensive work is considerable for us: to witness the scale of the desire to take part in such a fantastic endeavour that is CERN, to meet such inspiring, motivated people from all walks of life, and to see so many new faces joining CERN, enriching our diversity each and every day.  

2017 promises to be another exciting, enriching and...


Translating messages through images: the power of video

Video [mass noun] The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images. (The Oxford dictionary)

To me, video symbolises a wonderful means by which we bring experiences, situations, memories to life, encapsulating them, making them last. Video today is part of our daily life, whether through a quick capture of an enjoyable moment at work, in leisure pursuits, or through a well-planned, crafted production to translate a message and engage with people, providing information beyond words. If YouTube statistics are anything to go by, we’re all videoing, with 300 hours’ worth of video uploaded every minute on the channel and over 5 billion videos watched every single day!

At CERN, video is a way for us to describe how great it is to work for this unique Organization. Challenge, Purpose, Imagination, Collaboration, Integrity and Quality of life are the factors people have collectively identified as key to...


Leaving CERN

I see CERN as one of the best employers I’ve ever worked for. Not only is the Organization incredibly active at the forefront of modern science, trying to answer some of the most challenging questions about our universe, but it also has a great organisational culture which I regularly try to share in this blog. I am always impressed to see how much staff, graduates, students, and partners are committed to a common objective, and I feel grateful for working here.

I’m not the only one. In 2009, a survey was undertaken by our HR Department and the University of Psychology in Lyon, and found out that 97.2% of CERN employees were proud to work here – a percentage the senior researcher leading the survey had never seen in his career. More recently, on a famous...


CERN's Buddy programme

If you are reading these lines, it is probably because you are interested in relocating abroad to work for an international organisation such as CERN. While it often represents a strategic and exciting move in a career, changing country for a new job is always a challenging project from professional and personal perspectives. Indeed, in addition to changing working environments, one has to adapt to a whole new culture in day to day life: a very enriching experience, whatever the challenges one may encounter along the way.

Most global employers have dedicated services to support expatriates to join their organisation. In addition to the usual associated benefits package, the help provided to facilitate integration in the local area can include housing services, language courses, or even spouse employment. This is the case at CERN, where...


Summer at CERN

 I love long Summer days. The early morning quiet, sunrise and the freshness of the air before the heat of the day takes hold; long balmy evenings and all associated promises, picnics, barbecues, walks - it makes you feel like you can live two lives in a single day!

At CERN, Summer months are special for many reasons. People enthusiastically discuss their forthcoming holiday plans, taking off with a spring in their step looking forward to recharge after months of hard work. It may seem as though CERN’s population is decreasing, but that is a false impression. Summer at CERN is characterised by an influx of fresh, young energy with the arrival of the Summer Students, 280 of them this year from no less than 80 countries! They all come to work on a project and to follow a...


Opportunities at CERN you may not have thought about

If you are passionate about science, new technologies or Physics, and if you’re looking to work in a recognised international organisation, CERN is definitely a place you should be considering in your professional journey. As for most first class employers getting a staff contract at CERN is a competitive process(25.000 applications received per year), however there are other contract opportunities applicants may not initially think of. Indeed, while CERN employs approximately 2500 staff members,in 2015 more than 10.000 people worked on the CERN site under another type of contract or association. So if one of your dreams is to work at CERN, read on!

CERN’s workforce is defined under 3 categories: Employed Members of the Personnel (MPE), Associated Members of the Personnel (MPA), and contractors/temporary personnel. As the Talent Acquisition Group has a key role in the selection process for MPE (...


The day I called the silver medallist

Have you ever experienced this very intense moment when you are about to hear from important news? You know it’s these everlasting seconds where your heart is ready to jump out of your chest, just before hearing something you have been waiting for, for days. I remember this happening to me on a few occasions while applying for jobs, when receiving an email or a phone call from a recruiter. Before opening the email whose subject title is not self-explanatory, or while starting the phone conversation with basic sentences such as “Hi this is MA calling from xxx company. Is this a good moment to talk?”, the only thing one can do in such situations is to wait for the emotional impact the news will have, during just a few seconds

Not being selected is always bad news when you’ve put so...


Do CERN’s Organisational values speak to you?

You’ve finished your studies, or you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional life.  You’re looking for a job, looking up companies or Organisations which may offer the positions that match your experience and skillset, researching what they have to offer you as a prized candidate.

In doing so what is important to you as a candidate? The scope of the role? The location? The benefits? More and more today, candidates are looking for a company with values that match their own: a company with which they can identify, from its mission and purpose, through to the values it upholds and what it has to offer you as a person.

The key to any organisation or company’s success is the competence of its people, and to have people working at their...


How to answer "Why do you want to work for us?"

 "Why do you want to work for us ?" rates as probably the most ubiquitous question ever asked to candidates - asked at virtually every interview - and yet 90% of candidates answer poorly. To exacerbate the situation - the renowned great career websites offering advice on how to answer this question offer (in my opinion) relatively poor advice.

Lets take some examples from CERN to illustrate how not to answer. These are real answers (anonymised) that candidates have given in response to this question:

Q: "Why do you want to work for CERN?"

A: "I have always dreamed of working in Nuclear'. (Well - this shows poor research of what CERN does as, apart from ISOLDE, CERN is a high energy particle physics lab. The N for Nuclear is a bit of a misnomer in the title.)

A: "I want to work in an international...

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