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Entry-Level Opportunities

The beginning of a career like no other.

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What could be a better boost for your career than a work experience in one of the largest scientific experiments in the world at the cutting edge of technology? A chance to develop your technical skills, knowledge and expertise?

Depending on your profile, we have several categories in line with different levels of education and experience.

Whichever route you take, it will be an extraordinary experience: an experience like nowhere else on Earth.


Take part!


The ORIGIN Programme

A path to develop the next generation of scientific, technical, and administrative experts. Origin. Where you career begins.


It is dedicated to Early Career Professionals, based on the following eligibility criteria for nationals of a CERN Member or Associate Member State, who never had a similar contract before at CERN:

  • For profiles with a general secondary education diploma and no more than two years of post-graduation professional experience (applicants with a university degree are not eligible):
    • in the technical field 
    • in support services (Finance, HR, International Relations, Legal, etc.)
  • For University Graduates profiles with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and have no more than 2 years of post-graduation professional experience

If you want to join us, see what is on offer below.


You haven't found a job below that fits your profile? No worries! We have many opportunities that open up throughout the year and if you meet all eligibility criteria below, you can apply to our spontaneous positions (before April 14th 2024 at 23:59 CEST).

Your profile may then be considered for unpublished projects or extra needs. 


What we offer

Join us in a place that can be hotter than the centre of the sun, and colder than the vacuum of space, at the very same time. This is the smartest way to learn more than you can imagine and see your work travel at the speed of light. Almost. This is the fastest way to give your career momentum.

This is your Origin. Where your career begins.

  • A minimum monthly stipend around 4500 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: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 30 days of paid leave per year;
  • On-the-job and formal training;
  • An employment contract between 6 months (minimum) and 24 months (standard), with the possibility to extend up to 36 months;
  • Being based at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland where the quality of life is beyond compare.

More information about benefits here

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