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The QUEST Programme - Mechanical Engineering

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Field of Interest: Mechanical Engineering

CERN is an engineering lab that produces physics research, so engineers of all types and with all qualifications are the life blood. We are a facility: building and maintaining the particle accelerators that are the tools of our trade.

Mechanical engineers are key to most parts of an accelerator, from the exotic such as the materials and fluids inside superconducting magnets operating at -270C, to impressive structures that support physics detectors weighing 14’000 tones with micron precision as well as the essential services to build and maintain all of our machines operating 24/7.

The QUEST Programme

Bring your expertise to our unique work and develop your knowledge and skills at pace. Join world-class subject matter experts on unique projects, in a Quest for greater knowledge and deeper understanding.


This specific Programme is dedicated to Experienced Projects Graduates W/M/NB, based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have:
    • 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.
      (Note that you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the time you take up your appointment at CERN.)
  • You have never had a similar contract before at CERN;
  • Applicants without University degrees are not eligible.

If you want to join us, see what is on offer below. (new positions are posted regularly)

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