Technician Training Experience (TTE)

Deadline to submit applications: 
The deadline to submit application is 19 May 2017 (the Selection Committee will be held on 14 June 2017). We look forward to receiving your application!


What could be a better boost for your career than a 2 year contract in a hi-tech Organization? Get your first work experience at CERN! Take part!

The TTE programme is aimed at technicians who are looking to get a first, great professional experience to further their career, or before they embark on advanced study programmes.

We welcome applications from talented technicians who will have the opportunity to work in a diversity of fields at the cutting edge of technology: electronics, electricity, mechanics, IT, vacuum, cooling and ventilation, safety, radioprotection, survey engineering, are but a few of the examples of the many domains in which successful applicants will learn and contribute their knowledge.

Candidates will be considered by a panel of CERN experts for a position within the programme.
The next selection committee will take place in June 2017.

Apply for a TTE project!
Find here a list of some of the projects you can take part in at CERN. Note that this list is not exhaustive and at the time of the committee more opportunities might be available. 

Meet some of CERN's TTEs

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  • You are a national of a CERN Member State.
  • You have a Technical Diploma in the field of mechanics, electro-mechanics, electricity, IT or electronics.
  • If you hold a Bachelor or a Master you are not eligible, and therefore will not be considered. (however you may be eligible for the regular Fellowship, please check here)
  • You have no more than 4 years relevant experience after finishing your diploma.
  • Candidates 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 (within 6 months after the Selection Committee)
  • You should have at least a basic knowledge of English or French.
  • Duration: An initial contract of 1 year renewable for a 2nd year
  • Financial conditions: Your take-home pay will be 3500 Swiss francs/month
  • Leave: You are entitled to 2.5 days paid leave per month
  • Insurance: You are covered by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme for yourself and your dependents
  • Travel expenses: You are entitled to travel expenses for yourself and your dependents (unless stipulated otherwise)
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to an installation grant, family allowance and child allowance
  • The Housing Service can provide information to help you in your search for accommodation
  • Successful applicants will be assigned to a project with a supervisor
  • On-the-job and formal training will be provided at CERN. There are also in-house language courses for English and French

How to apply? The following documents are required together with the completed electronic application form;

  • A CV written in English or French
  • A scanned copy of the last (highest) qualification
  • Two reports on candidates to be completed by two referees (a professor or a previous employee) to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This report is a predefined form that your referee will be guided through in order to complete.

Overview of closing dates are available here.

Please note: In the email of acknowledgment receipt you will receive a link to forward to your referees. This link will allow them to submit their reports in support of your application. Reports should be in English or French and submitted by the deadline indicated. Applications which are incomplete (e.g. missing reports on candidates) as of the closing date will not be considered.

All applications for TTE opportunities will be considered by a panel of CERN experts. Successful applicants will be offered appointments which should begin within six months of the meeting.

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



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