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Legal Adviser in CERN's Knowledge Transfer Group (IPT-KT-2023-25-LD)

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

Job Details

Do you have proven skills and experience in practicing intellectual property law? Are you keen to work in the Knowledge Transfer Group of one of the world's leading scientific Intergovernmental Organizations, drafting and negotiating high-tech licensing and R&D contracts? Come and join a unique environment whose core value is excellence, and whose defining characteristic is teamwork. CERN, take part!

You will join the Knowledge Transfer (KT) Group, which is in charge of identifying and realizing opportunities for CERN's know-how to be applied in fields other than particle physics, in order to maximize the impact of CERN technologies and expertise on society (in particular through industry). Your role will be to ensure that CERN’s Knowledge Transfer activities have a solid legal framework.


Within the Knowledge Transfer Group and as a legal adviser, you will:

  • Draft and review agreements related to knowledge transfer activities, such as licence agreements and other forms of exploitation agreements as well as R&D agreements with other scientific institutes and industry;
  • Provide legal support related to intellectual property, within the group and for other CERN units;
  • Assist CERN personnel and other CERN departments in intellectual property matters.



Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of intellectual property law or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in legal and contract drafting work acquired in industry or scientific institutes with international exposure.
  • Relevant professional experience in technology transfer & more specifically in the IP domain, through the drafting of licensing and R&D agreements.
  • Experience in legal aspects of procurements would be an advantage.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of contract law;
  • Knowledge of Intellectual Property law;
  • Knowledge of Commercial Law (including commercial litigation);
  • Knowledge of EU regulations.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing self: handling uncertainty and ambiguity calmly and effectively.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Communicating effectively: utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved.
  • Working in teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information.

Language skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written English, including demonstrated drafting skills.
  • Working knowledge of French would be a strong asset.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

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 and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 26.03.2023 at midnight (00h00 CET).

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.


Imagine taking part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. CERN needs more than physicists and engineers – if you’re a student, a graduate, just starting your career or an experienced professional, Whatever your field of expertise, CERN could be your next opportunity: take part!

CERN is a truly unique organisation. A genuine collaboration between countries, universities and scientists, driven not by profit margins, but by a commitment to create and share knowledge.

People here are part of immense scientific discoveries, answering some of life’s most complex questions and pushing the boundaries of understanding. Experts from every field come here to share in this ambition and the nature of this collaborative, international community creates a genuine atmosphere of trust. People are free to work creatively and to trust in, and rely on, their colleagues across the organisation.

History’s being made here – 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.

CERN. Take part.

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