Legal Adviser

Do you have proven skills and experience in contract and IP law? Are you keen to work in the Legal Service of one of the world's leading scientific Intergovernmental Organizations, drafting, negotiating and following up scientific collaboration agreements, including license agreements and EU grant and consortium agreements, and advising on IP issues? Come and join a unique environment whose core value is excellence, and whose defining characteristic is teamwork. CERN, take part!

Job Reference: DG-LS-OO-2017-198-LD
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Legal adviser in the Director-General Unit (DG), Legal Service (LS), Operational Section (OO).


You will join the Legal Service, which, reporting to the Director-General, provides legal support for the execution of CERN's mission within the applicable legal framework.



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


Working with the Legal Service team and with scientists, engineers and other colleagues across the Organization, you will:


  • Draft, review and follow up scientific collaboration agreements and memoranda of understanding, including  license agreements, EU grant and consortium agreements, as well as non-disclosure agreements;
  • Provide legal advice on questions related to media and communications and other outreach media, including on the use of CERN's name and logo.


Qualification required

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


Experience and competencies

 The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated extensive experience in practising contract and IP law preferably in the establishment of scientific or technological collaborations, acquired in an international environment;
  • Experience in preparing EU grant and consortium agreements would be an advantage.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Legal drafting;
  • Knowledge of private law;
  • Knowledge of intellectual property law.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.
  • Working in teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.


The language competencies required are:


  • Excellent spoken and written English, including demonstrated drafting skills. Fluency in French would be an advantage. Otherwise a willingness to acquire a working knowledge of French rapidly.


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 and Associate Member States.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 07.11.2017.


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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Legal Adviser
Professional Category:
Office and Administrative Work
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Career Level
Grade 6 or 7
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

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