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Experimental Physicist (EP-DI-2024-11-IC)

Geneva, Switzerland
Posting live until
12 Apr 2024

Job Details


The Experimental Physics (EP) Department carries out research in the field of experimental particle physics.

It aims to provide a stimulating scientific atmosphere and remains an important reference centre for the European physics community. It contributes to the education and training of young scientists.

The Experimental Physics Department invites applicants for the indefinite appointment of a Physicist in experimental particle physics research.


As an Experimental Physicist, your functions will include:

  • Taking a leading role in all aspects of particle physics experiments, including the conception and design of experiments, the building and operation of detectors and the analysis of data.
  • Co-ordinating or making important contributions to studies, projects or committee work.
  • Representing the Organization at conferences, workshops, or in other research laboratories and institutions.
  • Supervising research and development work, and planning and managing activities including material and personnel resources.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of particle physics or a related field.

Experience and Competencies:

You have an established record of post-doctoral experience, and have completed high-impact work in experimental particle physics research, typically before having taken up a permanent position.

Experience in data analysis, in the use of on-line and off-line software, and competence in detector hardware.

Capacity for innovation and potential for making a significant contribution to the scientific programme of the Organization.

Technical competencies:

  • Analysis and interpretation of experimental data
  • Knowledge and application of physics reconstruction techniques
  • Simulation, design and development of physics experiments
  • Operation of experiments

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results:
  • Communicating Effectively:
  • Building Relationships:
  • Working in Teams:
  • Setting Direction:
  • Leading with Strength and Credibility:
  • Creating Vision and Strategic Partnerships:

Language skills:

Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in English.

Ability to understand and speak French in professional contexts, or the willingness to acquire it.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

At a later stage, where required, the holder of an indefinite contract may have to undertake special working hours, as well as work in Radiation Areas.

The holder of an indefinite contract is expected to progress in this initial assignment or in other domains as required for the fulfilment of the Organization's mission.


Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States, Associate Member States and Non-Member States. In case of equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to applicants from Member States and Associate Member States.

Employment conditions

Contract type: Indefinite contract.

Special conditions which may be required depending on the needs of the Organization in the future:

  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays;
  • Work in radiation controlled areas;
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • International Travel

In order to submit your application, click on the green box 'I’m interested' on the right hand side of the screen, and 

select your preferred way of applying e.g. 'fill manually'. Only name and email are mandatory fields, the rest is optional.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • A list of your 10 most important publications indicating where you have been a principal contributor or a co-author;
  • A covering letter giving your research interests and plans as well as your motivation in applying for this IC post;
  • A copy of your PhD degree.

Please note:

  • In addition to the above, three letters of recommendation are required. They should be recent (not more than 1 year old, although they may refer to previous work). 
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email, which contains a link that you share with your referees. By using this link, they can upload their reference letter in a confidential manner directly to your application. Please note that you will not, however, be able to see the letter in your applicant profile. We recommend that you allocate sufficient time to complete this step before the publication closing date.

Should you have any difficulties in applying, please contact Nick Williams at

Your application should reach us no later than 31 May 2024 at noon CET.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-DI-2024-11-IC

Benchmark Job Title: Research Physicist

Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further


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+41 22 76 63 786
Esplanade des Particules 1
PO Box 1211
Geneva 23

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