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Doctorate (PhD or equivalent) graduates whereas Junior Fellowship are intended for BSc or MSc graduates looking to work in a research group;
You have graduated or are about to graduate with a university degree (BSc level or above) or a technical engineer qualification;
Either, you have a MSc level diploma or above with no more than 10 years relevant experience (PhD studies are counted as relevant experience); or you have no more than a BSc or a technical engineer diploma with a maximum of 4 years relevant experience;
If applying in experimental or theoretical physics fields, you have a PhD or are about to finish your thesis.
The Fellowship Programme presented by CERN is addressed to graduates from universities or higher technical institutes in a wide range of applied sciences, computing and engineering with limited or no work experience. Senior Fellowships are awarded to doctorate (PhD or equivalent) graduates whereas Junior Fellowship are intended for BSc or MSc graduates looking to work in a research group. Application deadline is until 28 February 2017. Stipend range : 5165 CHF to 7963 CHF per month (stipends are calculated individually, are competitive and net of tax), travel expenses at the beginning and end of the contract (depending on individual circumstances) and installation indemnity (depending on individual circumstances).
Apply on-line by the relevant deadline.
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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.
Fellows come from all around the world!
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- A limited number of positions are 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 (PhD studies are counted as relevant experience); or you have no more than a BSc or a technical engineer diploma with a maximum of 4 years relevant experience. In both cases, experience is only counted from the time the highest diploma is obtained.
- 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).
- The Senior Fellowship Programme, addressed to people with a Ph.D. or at least four years of experience after the MSc diploma (or equivalent diploma which has given access to doctoral programmes). In both cases, there is a maximum limit of ten years of experience after the MSc diploma.
- Contract duration is 6 months to three years, typical duration is two years. It can be exceptionally possible to extend for all or part of a 3rd year.
- 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.
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The following documents are required together with the completed electronic application form:
- a Curriculum Vitae;
- a list of publications if relevant (for collaborations, please indicate simply the number of publications and only provide details of the most important ones);
- a photocopy of the most recent (highest) qualification;
- three recent letters of recommendation (not older than a year at the time of the deadline for applications) to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. When you click on "Apply" above you will see a link to forward to your referees so that they can submit their letters. You can forward them the link at any time (even if you have not submitted your application. If you have reference letters in your possession, do not use the link. You should upload them via "My documents".
Candidates for research fellowships (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) should also include a CV containing:
- A list of publications to which you have made a significant contribution;
- Conferences at which you have given presentations;
- Statement of research interests.
Applications are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee (AFC) which takes place twice a year, usually in May and November.
Applications from candidates in particle physics are forwarded by us to the appropriate National Delegations in the Member States for appraisal.
The appropriate National Delegation for each candidate is usually considered to be the same as the passport nationality of the candidate. However, applications from Member State candidates who did/are doing their PhD in a different Member State to that of their passport nationality are generally submitted to that Delegation. If relevant, candidates should state their preference of Member State on their application (in the "Motivation" section).
All applications for Fellowships are considered by the Associates and Fellows Committee which meets twice per year, usually in May and November.
Candidates may be contacted before the Committee but any formal offer of a Fellowship position can only be made by HR Department after the relevant Committee meeting.
Successful applicants are normally expected to take up their appointments within 3 months of the start date they specify in their application form.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
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