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Experienced Graduate Opportunities

Accelerate your career at CERN and take part in today’s biggest scientific breakthroughs!

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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?

You could works right at the forefront of scientific research, join us for research work in particle physics or take part in advanced development work in a broad range of applied science, engineering and technical fields. 

Whichever route you take, it will be an extraordinary experience: an experience like nowhere else in the world.


Take part!

CERN offers different categories of experienced graduate opportunities.

  • The QUEST Programme 
  • The RESEARCH Fellowship Programme

If you are looking for an entry-level opportunity, browse the ORIGIN Programme page that best suits your profile.

The QUEST Programme

Deepen your knowledge and expertise faster than anywhere else on Earth.


This specific Programme is dedicated to Experienced Projects Graduates, with:

  • a Master’s degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
  • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.


If you want to join us, find our offers by field of interest: (new positions are posted regularly)





Use your expertise to hone your skills and network with world-leading experts while working on a specific research subject.


It is dedicated to Research Graduates, who have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a PhD and based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • up to 3 years (for Science and Engineering positions) of post-graduation professional experience. (The selection of candidates will take place at the end of November 2024)
  • up to 6 years (for Theoretical and Experimental Physics positions) of post-graduation professional experience. (The selection of candidates will take place at the end of November. The Theoretical Physics position will reopen in the summer of 2024)


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Experienced Graduate Openings