The Trainee Programme has been established through bilateral agreements between CERN and several Member States. The program allows the national agencies to use CERN's forefront technological facilities for the training of their postgraduates. To date, a bilateral agreement has been established with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in Portugal.
The Trainee Program is aimed at recently graduated scientists, engineers and technicians seeking further training in a wide area of technological projects. Selected trainees will join a team working at CERN and have the opportunity to enlarge their knowledge through participation in the hi-tech activities of the laboratory, in fields such as computer science, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, cryogenics, ultra-high vacuum, radiation protection, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, development of conventional, super-conducting magnets, surveying, large scale metrology and positioning systems. Trainees normally spend between 12 to 24 months at the laboratory.
You may wish to have a look at examples of jobs descriptions that have been, or are being, addressed by trainees at CERN.
Applications are considered by the selection committee which is organized by the national agency in Portugal (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT, Lisbon, Portugal). Candidates who wish to apply should contact Luisa Igreja at FCT for further information concerning the application procedure and the jobs that will be available for the forthcoming selections, or visit the FCT website.