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The QUEST Programme - Software Engineering & IT

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Field of Interest: Software Engineering & IT

Software is instrumental in CERN's mission of producing particle beams for physics experiments. Particle accelerators are complex installations with thousands of devices of all kinds that continuously shape, steer, observe and measure the particle beams. They are coordinated by the "accelerator control system", a vast distributed software system that ensures that each device involved does the right thing at the right moment and thus contributes to producing the particle beam. Our Engineers develop software at all layers, from firmware and embedded real-time systems, over micro-service-based backend server software, with huge databases, all the way up to GUIs used the control room and public information systems on the Web.

We consequently use main-stream, non-proprietary, open-source software systems as the basis of our work and strive to stay up to date with technology. Here are a few examples of such technology to give you an idea of our choices. Linux with Ansible for automation, docker containers and Kubernetes as execution platform; Java, Python, C++ and Typescript as programming languages; Kafka, Hadoop, and Spark for data analysis; Oracle, HBase, Influx, OpenSearch for data storage; Spring boot microservices with REST endpoints as architectural building blocks; Gitlab CI, Artifactory, SonarQube for quality assurance.

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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