Doctoral Student Programme

Deadline to submit applications: 
06-May-2014 (Selection Committee 24-JUN-14)

This is a chance to work on your thesis while spending 6 to 36 months at the forefront of science. Whether you’ve already chosen a subject or are still making your decision, if your specialism is Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing, this is an invitation to further your knowledge in a truly unique organization. In fact, it’s an invitation to get involved in world-famous experiments of unprecedented scale and scope. An invitation to join an environment like nowhere else on Earth.

Disciplines represented: Applied physics, IT, mathematics, electrical, electronic, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, science communication, surveying, ultra-high vacuum.

Students specialising in theoretical or experimental particle physics are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Examples of PhD thesis (the list is not exhaustive).

Link for CERN supervisors to submit a PhD proposal.
 

  • You need to be a national of a CERN Member State and studying in a Member State. Romanian and Serbian nationals are also eligible.

Students from Non-Member States are able to apply only if they have been residing in a Member State for the last 5 years and are enrolled in a Member State educational establishment (at the time of the application).

  • You have started or are about to start a doctoral programme at a CERN Member State university.
  • Your work envisaged at CERN is all or part of the thesis work required to obtain your PhD. Daily supervision of the student during the period at CERN will be the responsibility of a CERN staff member. The award of the degree remains the responsibility of the applicant's university. Hence in each case the academic arrangements will be discussed between the university thesis supervisor and the CERN supervisor.
  • Doctoral Studentships are for 6 months initially, and are normally renewable for two further periods of 12 months. The total period (up to 36 months) may extend over a maximum duration of four consecutive years, whereby periods of up to 12 months are granted as unpaid special leave giving the option to students to spend time at their university.
  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French.
  • 3679 CHF/month (the allowance is net of tax)
  • Travel allowance
  • Additional allowance for students who are married and/or with child(ren)
  • Contract of association initially 6 months, renewable up to 3 years
  • Membership of the Health Insurance scheme (contribution automatically deducted from allowance).
  • 40 hours/week
  • 2.5 days of annual leave/month
  • CERN housing service helps finding local accommodation; social affairs service.

Once your application form has been submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail which contains a link to the CERN "Report on candidate" form. You must forward this link to at least one referee (Professor or supervisor from a previous internship). Reports older than 6 months at the deadline will not be considered. Students must also upload their most recent academic transcript (official document giving an overview of their marks), as well as a CV

Candidates are required to apply online before 06.05.2014 (23:59 CET) and submit the required documents before 11.05.2014 - If any document is missing, the application will not be considered during the selection process.

Overview of closing dates are available here.

Applications are considered by a Selection Committee which meets two times a year in January and June.

Contracts normally start on the first calendar day of a month and usually two months after the selection committee.