Research Fellowship: Experimental Physics

Employer
CERN
Location
Geneva, Switzerland
Salary
competitive
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job Description

Welcome to the Research Fellowship : Experimental Physics.

The Research Fellowship Programme is aimed at PhD holders in the fields of experimental physics which have up to 6 years’ experience after obtaining their PhD degree. Research Fellowships are intended for PhD graduates looking to work in a research group.

Please remember that you are applying for a programme and not for a specific job. If selected, you will have a free choice of research group. You may express your motivation for applying during the interactive online application process, and/or attach a separate motivation letter.  As our online application system only allows for alphanumeric values, an attachment may provide you with a greater freedom of expression. 

Candidates holding a PhD (or about to hold one), whose specific field of interest is solely theoretical physics or in the fields of applied science and engineering, should consider to apply for the 'Research Fellowship: Applied Physics and Engineering' or ‘Research Fellowship: Theoretical Physics’, respectively.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State. A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States.
  • You have or are about to obtain, a PhD in particle physics or in a closely related discipline aligned with the physics programme of CERN's experimental facilities. If you have not obtained your PhD yet the defense date should be already scheduled, and your PhD completed within 6 months after the deadline of the publication of this position. In any event, you should have finished your PhD studies by the time you take up your appointment at CERN.
  • You have no more than 6 years’ research experience after completion of your PhD degree at the deadline of the publication of this position.
  • Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion. In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract for in principle 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 6,808 to 7,218 Swiss francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Your future Life @CERN

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at CERN: https://careers.cern/benefits and https://careers.cern/our-people

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents (in PDF format, as separate files) to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • Your most recent relevant qualification.
  • A statement of research interests highlighting your plans for the research fellowship (maximum one page and a maximum of 4000 characters).
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (not older than a year at the time of the deadline for applications) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
    • You will be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date. You can also upload these letters at the time of the application if you have them to hand, but this is discouraged.

When filling in the online application form, you will also be asked to specify:

  • Up to five most important publications to which you have made a significant contribution;
  • Up to five international conferences or workshops at which you have given presentations;
  • Up to five public or internal notes to which you have contributed personally;
  • Up to three experiments in which you have participated.

All applications should reach us no later than 4 March 2024 at 12:00 AM (midnight) CEST.

The results will be approved at the selection committee meeting of 23rd May 2024, and candidates will be notified shortly after. It is expected that selected candidates start their contract within about six months following the notification.

Please note that all the documents you upload will remain attached to your Smartrecruiters profile. You do not need to upload them again for other applications you might submit.

Company

CERN profileAt CERN, physicists and engineers use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles – to probe the underlying structure of the universe.

Working at CERN
CERN is a truly unique organization. A genuine collaboration between countries, universities and scientists, driven not by profit margins, but by a commitment to create and share knowledge. At CERN, students, recent graduates and experienced professionals work together to push for immense scientific discoveries, answering some of life’s most complex questions and advancing the boundaries of human knowledge.

People are free to work creatively and to trust in, and rely on, their colleagues across the organization. History is being made at CERN – and the excitement is tangible, inspiring, overwhelming at times. It is the only place in the world that you can do this work in this way.

Why work for us
Today, CERN employs more than 2500 people, and if you visit us you will find more than 2500 different reasons why CERN is such a great place to work. Six key reasons that we believe will make you love working here are: challenge; purpose; imagination; integrity; collaboration; and quality of life.

Student and graduate schemes
CERN technical and administrative internships and graduate schemes offer international students and recent graduates the opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research in particle physics, computational science, life sciences, engineering, international relations, and more. Whichever route you take, it will be an extraordinary experience.

What we are looking for
To conduct experiments of this scale and importance, CERN needs people from various career levels and with a wide range of abilities, skills and competencies. We have job opportunities for students, graduates and experienced professionals, from apprenticeships to PhDs (and beyond). Whatever your background, field of interest or diploma level, CERN could be the place for you.


Location
Geneva, Switzerland

Number of employees
2500+ staff members; several hundred on graduate and student programmes

Positions recently recruited for
Computing engineer, radiofrequency engineer, process operator in cryogenics, web developer, mechanical engineer, administrative assistant, system administrator, power electronics engineer, scientific writer, applied physicist and many more

Desired degree disciplines/class
From apprenticeship to PhD in a wide variety of domains

How to apply
Apply online at careers.cern

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Tel +41 22 76 63 786
E-mail recruitment.service@cern.ch
careers.cern

Company info
Website
Telephone
+41 22 76 63 786
Location
Esplanade des Particules 1
PO Box 1211
Geneva 23
CH

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