Work-Life Balance

People at CERN benefit from 6 weeks' paid holiday as well as 2 weeks' Christmas Shutdown. The reference working week is 40 hours and the working day is 8 hours. Employees are entitled to annual leave of 2.5 working days per month of service.

Other special leave includes maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as Home Leave for some Staff Members. There is also the possibility to purchase additional leave to allow for some flexibility in working hours.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are proud to announce the Enlarged Directorate’s strong endorsement of CERN’s first ever targets-based strategy to boost the nationality and gender diversity over the next five years! CERN's Diversity Policy is anchored in "appreciating differences, fostering equality and promoting collaboration", through a work environment based on mutual respect and exchange.

Health Insurance

As an intergovernmental organisation, CERN has its own health insurance: the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS). The main purpose of the CHIS is to safeguard its Members against the financial consequences of illness, accidents and maternity by providing reimbursement of expenses arising from medical treatment.

Pension Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to insure its members and beneficiaries as well as the members of their families against the economic consequences of disability, old age and death. As an international organisation, CERN has created its own social security system, including a pension scheme, the CERN Pension Fund. The Fund, which is a defined-benefit scheme, is an integral part of CERN.

A town within a town

On-site, CERN has a bank, kindergarten, post-office, travel agency and library, not to mention access to three restaurants and free parking every day. From music to sports to photography the list goes on and on. You can't help but find something that floats your boat (maybe the yachting club?). 

Relocation Support

An international indemnity is aimed at compensating the expenditure associated with the integration of the staff members and their family in the Geneva area. This financial benefit is paid every six months to staff members whose home station is situated outside a circle with a 100 km radius, or a 150 km radius in Switzerland and France, with its centre at CERN, and who were not living in this circle during the past five years.

The installation indemnity is paid to staff members who reside over 70 km from CERN at the time of their Selection Board and who establish their new place of residence within a radius of 50 km from CERN within two years of taking up their appointment. The amount will vary depending on the family situation on the start date of the contract.

Family Benefits

CERN's site has creche facilities that can be used by all personnel. Furthermore, CERN provides support for paying school fees as well as financial allowances for family, child and infant support.


CERN is fully committed to environmental protection and transparent reporting. It is also committed to developing technologies that could help society to improve the health of the planet, and to be a role model for environmentally responsible research.

CERN has made a commitment to communicate on its environmental footprint every two years in order to ensure transparency and demonstrate its leadership in environmental management for research organisations.

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