Fellowship Programme

Deadline to submit applications: 
1-SEP-14 23:59 CET (for Selection Committee 11-NOV-14 for start as of 1-JAN-15)

A great way to start your career!

In 2009, CERN introduced a new ‘Graduate Engineering Training (GET)’ scheme. CERN is already well-established as a central and vital force in the physics community, but CERN also offers outstanding possibilities for training and work experience in engineering fields. The aim of this scheme is to encourage Fellowship applications from talented engineers and should prove to be a positive step forward in showing CERN is not only an exciting place to work for physicists, but is also a leading employer in engineering fields.

CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND a European Commission Marie Curie Action to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes. We will be offering a limited number of 3-year Fellowships to top-ranked Senior Fellows through the COFUND programme from the November 2012 until the May 2015 committees. A feature of the COFUND programme is the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellow contract at another institute, provided that the work still corresponds to your original project at CERN.

Engineers selected under the GET scheme benefit from the same conditions as all other Fellows.

 

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State. However, a limited number of positions are also available to young scientists from Non-Member States with a Senior profile.
  • You have graduated or are about to graduate with a university degree (BSc level or above) or a technical engineer qualification. NB: Applicants who are currently preparing a diploma are eligible to apply. However, they are expected to have obtained their qualification by the time they take up their appointment at CERN.
  • Either, you have a MSc level diploma or above with no more than 10 years relevant experience;
  • Or you have only a BSc or a technical engineer diploma with no more than 4 years relevant experience.
  • If applying in experimental or theoretical physics fields, you have a PhD or are about to finish your thesis.
  • Non-Member State candidates seeking a postdoc in Theoretical Physics should apply for the Non-Member State Postdoc Fellowship Programme (Theoretical Physics).

There are two levels of Fellowship within the programme:

  • The Senior Fellowship Programme, addressed to people with a Ph.D. or at least four years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes. In both cases, a maximum of ten years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes applies.
     
  • The Junior Fellowship Programme, for holders of at least a Technical Engineer degree (or equivalent) and at most a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) with not more than 4 years of experience. Please note that the Junior Fellowship programme is only open to nationals of CERN Member States.

CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. Individuals who have held a VIA contract are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

  • Stipend range : 5165 CHF to 8043 CHF per month (stipends are calculated individually, are competitive and net of tax).
  • Contract duration is one to three years, typical duration is two years. It can be exceptionally possible to extend for all or part of a 3rd year.
  • Travel expenses at the beginning and end of the contract (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Installation indemnity (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Family allowance, child allowance, infant allowance (depending on individual circumstances).
  • Pension Fund membership (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
  • Membership of the Health Insurance scheme (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
  • Full remuneration for the first 12 months of sick leave. Medical certificate required for any absence of more than three consecutive days.
  • 40 hours working week.
  • 2.5 days paid annual leave per month.
  • CERN housing service helps finding local accommodation; visa service; social affairs service.

The following documents are required together with the completed electronic application form:

  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • a list of publications if relevant (for collaborations, please indicate simply the number of publications and only provide details of the most important ones);
  • a photocopy of the most recent (highest) qualification;
  • three recent letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.

Candidates for research fellowships (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) should also include a CV containing:

  • A list of publications to which you have made a significant contribution;
  • Conferences at which you have given presentations;
  • Statement of research interests.

Applications are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee (AFC) which takes place twice a year, usually in May and November. Apply on-line by the relevant deadline.

Overview of closing dates are available here.

Applications from candidates in particle physics are forwarded by us to the appropriate National Delegations in the Member States for appraisal.

The appropriate National Delegation for each candidate is usually considered to be the same as the passport nationality of the candidate. However, applications from Member State candidates who did/are doing their PhD in a different Member State to that of their passport nationality are generally submitted to that Delegation. If relevant, candidates should state their preference of Member State on their application (in the "Motivation" section).

All applications for Fellowships are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee which meets twice per year, usually in May and November.

Successful applicants are normally expected to take up their appointments within 6 months of the relevant Selection Committee.