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Early Career Professionals - University Graduates

Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

The smartest way to kick-start your career and give it real momentum!

What to expect from the Origin programme?

We offer an opportunity to take part in the largest scientific experiment in the world. Unique early career programmes in a multicultural, multidisciplinary environment. It is an effort to uncover what the universe is made of and understand how it works. A path to develop the next generation of scientific, technical and administrative experts. Origin. Where your career begins. Take part!

The Origin Programme is aimed at graduates from universities or higher technical institutes in a wide range of applied sciences, computing, engineering and administration with limited or no work experience, looking to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

All projects that are currently available can be found here.

If any of these projects are of specific interest for you, please mention the code when completing your application. Please note this is not mandatory nor a guarantee that these projects will be the ones for which you are selected: you may be selected on another project that matches your profile. 


Who are we looking for?

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State.
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (Bachelor or Master level) and have no more than 2 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree and before the moment you are selected. If you have not yet obtained your degree, it should be completed within 6 months after the deadline of the publication of this position. In any event, you should have obtained your degree by the time you take up your appointment at CERN. Kindly note that prior experience will not be taken into consideration. 
  • Candidates holding a PhD are not eligible for this programme.   
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

What we offer? 

  • An employment contract of 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months;
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend ranging between 5000 and 5500 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: installation grant, family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of appointment;
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.

Additional Information

How to Apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification.

The earliest expected start date for selected candidates is July 2023.

Ready to take part? Then please submit your application by 3 April 2023 at midnight (12.00 AM CEST). 


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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