Fellowship and GET Programmes

    Fellowships are intended for recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes, or university postgraduates who want to work in a research group. Research fellows in experimental or theoretical physics normally have terminated their studies for a doctorate (PhD or equivalent) while Fellowships in applied science, computing and engineering are open to recent graduates at Bachelor level and above.

    CERN is proud to be involved in COFUND a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action to stimulate mobility and career development through fellowship programmes. Contract negotiations are in the final stages with the European Commission and, subject to completion, we will be offering a limited number of 3-year Fellowships to top-ranked Senior Fellows through the COFUND programme from the November 2015 until the May 2017 committees. A feature of the COFUND programme is the possibility to spend up to 12 months of the Fellow contract at another institute, provided that the work still corresponds to the original project at CERN.


    You are a national of a CERN Member State. However, a limited number of positions are also available to young scientists from Non-Member States with a Senior profile.You have graduated or are about to graduate with a university degree (BSc level or above) or a technical engineer qualification. NB: Applicants 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.Either, you have a MSc level diploma or above with no more than 10 years relevant experience;Or you have only a BSc or a technical engineer diploma with no more than 4 years relevant experience.If applying in experimental or theoretical physics fields, you have a PhD or are about to finish your thesis.Non-Member State candidates seeking a postdoc in Theoretical Physics should apply for the Non-Member State Postdoc Fellowship Programme (Theoretical Physics).There are two levels of Fellowship within the programme:

    • The Senior Fellowship Programme, addressed to people with a Ph.D. or at least four years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes. In both cases, a maximum of ten years of experience after the degree which gives access to doctoral programmes applies.
    • The Junior Fellowship Programme, for holders of at least a Technical Engineer degree (or equivalent) and at most a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) with not more than 4 years of experience. Please note that the Junior Fellowship programme is only open to nationals of CERN Member States.


    • Stipend range : 5165 CHF to 8043 CHF per month (stipends are calculated individually, are competitive and net of tax).
    • Contract duration is one to three years, typical duration is two years. It can be exceptionally possible to extend for all or part of a 3rd year.
    • Travel expenses at the beginning and end of the contract (depending on individual circumstances).
    • Installation indemnity (depending on individual circumstances).
    • Family allowance, child allowance, infant allowance (depending on individual circumstances).
    • Pension Fund membership (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
    • Membership of the Health Insurance scheme (contribution automatically deducted from stipend).
    • Full remuneration for the first 12 months of sick leave. Medical certificate required for any absence of more than three consecutive days.
    • 40 hours working week.
    • 2.5 days paid annual leave per month.
    • CERN housing service helps finding local accommodation; visa service; social affairs service.

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