Insight


"Take every opportunity to learn that comes your way": meet Michael, Computing Engineer at CERN.

Michael, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN

I am a Computer Scientist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. My first encounter with CERN was when the "Big Bang" Roadshow came to Queen's University Belfast in May 2013. The Higgs Boson had been discovered the previous year, CERN was in the news, so I went with a few friends to attend the public lectures. We weren't fast enough to get tickets to hear Peter Higgs, but managed to squeeze into the back of a crowded lecture theatre to listen to Steve Myers. Steve is an alumnus of Queen's and at that time was Director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN. I remember being inspired by his talk about the engineering challenges of building the Large Hadron Collider. I did not suspect that in a few years I would be working on the LHC's...


"Opportunities will always come where you least expect them!": meet Jamie, taking part in the Technician Training Experience programme at CERN.

Jamie, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN

I’ve always loved science, and took physics and chemistry through sixth form at school, and got the opportunity to visit the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s (RAL) Diamond Light Source in my final year. From that point it was pretty much set that that is exactly where I wanted to be; working on these huge machines for science. I was a mechanical engineering apprentice at RAL for four years, and from this I had the chance to work abroad in Grenoble's ILL and ESRF and fell in love with France, its culture and the people. Just a couple of months in France opened my eyes to working abroad and I knew I had to leave. I made a plan, I knew I wanted to work in certain experiments and of course the top of...


Meet Emelie, COFUND Senior Fellow at CERN. "If you are curious, motivated and ready for an adventure: take the chance and apply. See you at CERN!"

In this month's blog post, we invite you to meet Emelie, a CERN COFUND Senior Fellow from Sweden who tells us more about her experience in this unique Organization. The Fellowship programme is now open for applications, closing 4th September 2017. For full details on this programme see www.cern.ch/fell.

Emelie, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN I have been crazy about physics for as long as I can remember and dreamt of working with astrophysics.  During my physics studies in Sweden I changed focus when I discovered particle and accelerator physics and got intrigued by the mixture of physics and technology.  While I was a Master student I did a ski season in Chamonix in the French Alps. A friend of mine’s father who was working at CERN with superconducting magnets took us on a...


Meet Kitti-Lai, technical student at CERN. "It’s a lifetime opportunity, and you will know it once you are here!"

There’s no better way to learn than on-the-job. When that job happens to be in a world-famous organisation and centre of scientific excellence, even better. 

Every year, CERN hires over 200 Bachelor/Master level undergraduates in Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing to take part in the Technical Student Programme, in which Students benefit froma practical training period of between 4 to 12 months at CERN during the course of their studies. 

It’s more than work experience. In fact, it’s a student programme like nowhere else on Earth. And who better to talk about this opportunity than the people who are currently taking part?

Note: The Technical Student Programme is currently open for applications, closing date 12th April 2017.

In this blog post, we invite you to meet Kitti Lai, a technical student from Trondheim, Norway, who works in CERN's International Relations Department, Education, communications and Outeach group....


Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

2016 has been a very busy year for Talent Acquisition at CERN: since the 1st of January, more than 130 vacancies have been advertised, over 16000 CVs have been read, and over 670 candidates have come to CERN for a face to face interview. And that’s only for staff positions! Student and fellow recruitment have also been intense with 100s of candidates selected in the various committees to take part in their own adventure at CERN this year.

The reward for this intensive work is considerable for us: to witness the scale of the desire to take part in such a fantastic endeavour that is CERN, to meet such inspiring, motivated people from all walks of life, and to see so many new faces joining CERN, enriching our diversity each and every day.  

2017 promises to be another exciting, enriching and...


Translating messages through images: the power of video

Video [mass noun] The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images. (The Oxford dictionary)

To me, video symbolises a wonderful means by which we bring experiences, situations, memories to life, encapsulating them, making them last. Video today is part of our daily life, whether through a quick capture of an enjoyable moment at work, in leisure pursuits, or through a well-planned, crafted production to translate a message and engage with people, providing information beyond words. If YouTube statistics are anything to go by, we’re all videoing, with 300 hours’ worth of video uploaded every minute on the channel and over 5 billion videos watched every single day!

At CERN, video is a way for us to describe how great it is to work for this unique Organization. Challenge, Purpose, Imagination, Collaboration, Integrity and Quality of life are the factors people have collectively identified as key to...


Leaving CERN

I see CERN as one of the best employers I’ve ever worked for. Not only is the Organization incredibly active at the forefront of modern science, trying to answer some of the most challenging questions about our universe, but it also has a great organisational culture which I regularly try to share in this blog. I am always impressed to see how much staff, graduates, students, and partners are committed to a common objective, and I feel grateful for working here.

I’m not the only one. In 2009, a survey was undertaken by our HR Department and the University of Psychology in Lyon, and found out that 97.2% of CERN employees were proud to work here – a percentage the senior researcher leading the survey had never seen in his career. More recently, on a famous...


CERN's Buddy programme

If you are reading these lines, it is probably because you are interested in relocating abroad to work for an international organisation such as CERN. While it often represents a strategic and exciting move in a career, changing country for a new job is always a challenging project from professional and personal perspectives. Indeed, in addition to changing working environments, one has to adapt to a whole new culture in day to day life: a very enriching experience, whatever the challenges one may encounter along the way.

Most global employers have dedicated services to support expatriates to join their organisation. In addition to the usual associated benefits package, the help provided to facilitate integration in the local area can include housing services, language courses, or even spouse employment. This is the case at CERN, where...


Summer at CERN

 I love long Summer days. The early morning quiet, sunrise and the freshness of the air before the heat of the day takes hold; long balmy evenings and all associated promises, picnics, barbecues, walks - it makes you feel like you can live two lives in a single day!

At CERN, Summer months are special for many reasons. People enthusiastically discuss their forthcoming holiday plans, taking off with a spring in their step looking forward to recharge after months of hard work. It may seem as though CERN’s population is decreasing, but that is a false impression. Summer at CERN is characterised by an influx of fresh, young energy with the arrival of the Summer Students, 280 of them this year from no less than 80 countries! They all come to work on a project and to follow a...


Do CERN’s Organisational values speak to you?

You’ve finished your studies, or you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional life.  You’re looking for a job, looking up companies or Organisations which may offer the positions that match your experience and skillset, researching what they have to offer you as a prized candidate.

In doing so what is important to you as a candidate? The scope of the role? The location? The benefits? More and more today, candidates are looking for a company with values that match their own: a company with which they can identify, from its mission and purpose, through to the values it upholds and what it has to offer you as a person.

The key to any organisation or company’s success is the competence of its people, and to have people working at their...

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