CERN is an international research organization in basic physics, where Norway is one of 23 member countries. The organization is located on the border between France and Switzerland, just outside Geneva. Despite the research and physics character, most people who work here are engineers or technically educated, and the positions span many disciplines.

Finding vacancies is not always easy if you do not know CERN well in advance. There are several different programs for students, temporary staff etc, and everything is mixed up on CERN's internal recruitment pages. Therefore, this page is an attempt to make it a little easier for Norwegians looking for work to find their way in the jungle. 

The staff positions can be found on CERN's recruitment pages. Direct link:

CERN normally offers fixed-term employment contracts that last for 5 years with an option to extend by 3 years.

The cryptic job reference (eg IT-CF-DCO-2021-4-LD) refers to where in the organization the job is (IT, Computer Facilities), what year the job is advertised, and "LD" (Limited Duration) at the end tells it that the post has a duration of 5 years.
General information about conditions:

Entry grade 4 or 5 for engineers with a bachelor degree, and 5 or 6 for engineers with master degree or equivalent. With experience, the grade/salary goes up and you get a supplement if you have a family.

  • Working hours 40 hours per week.
  • 6 weeks holiday per. year + 2 weeks Christmas holiday
  • 1.5 home trips a year covered for the whole family
  • Very good pension and insurance schemes.

General preconditions:

  • Norwegian citizen (or from another member state)
  • Good English skills (French language skills is an advantage, but ABSOLUTELY not necessary!)


More info here
Trainee: See also fellowship program

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