Legal Adviser

Do you have proven skills in contract and IP law, preferably put to use in the context of EU or similar grant programmes? Are you keen to work in the Legal Service of one of the world's leading scientific Intergovernmental Organisations drafting, reviewing and negotiating grant applications under the the European Commission's R&D framework programmes (such as Horizon 2020)?
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Job Reference: DG-LS-2017-34-LD
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You will joint the Legal Service, reporting to the Director-General, that is charged with the protection of the Organization in all legal aspects and with ensuring that its activities and decisions comply with the applicable legal framework.



As a Legal Adviser in the CERN Legal Service, you will perform your duties under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Service's Operational Section.

Working with colleagues in CERN's EU Support Group and scientists and engineers across the Organization's departments, you will:


  • draft, review and follow up grant applications, consortium agreements and similar instruments related to EU R&D framework programmes;
  • in so doing, take into account CERN's particular legal status as an Intergovernmental Organisation, liaise with colleagues in HR to ensure compliance with CERN's staff rules and regulations, and with the Knowledge Transfer Group on IP policies; and
  • represent the Organization in discussions with legal experts at the EU Commission, with grant applicants as well as consortium members.


Qualification required

Master's degree in the field of private law, or equivalent; knowledge of international institutional law would be an advantage.


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated professional experience in practising contract and IP law.
  • Involvement in the establishment of collaborations, acquired in an intergovernmental organization, governmental or industry environment, or in private practice.
  • In addition, it will be an advantage if you have experience working with EU or similar grant programmes.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Knowledge of Intellectual property law.
  • Legal drafting (in english).
  • Knowledge of contract law. 

In addition, the preferred candidate will offer:

  • Knowledge of EU or other grant programmes.
  • Knowledge of international administrative law.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved.
  • Achieving results: driving work/projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.


The language competencies required are:


  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • A willingness to acquire a working knowledge of French.


Eligibility conditions

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 28.03.2017.


By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.


Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position. 


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Career Level
Grade 6 or 7
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

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