Graduate Opportunities

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

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.

CERN offers three different categories of graduate opportunities.

  • The ORIGIN Programme
  • The QUEST Programme 
  • The RESEARCH Fellowship Programme

Could you be next to work at CERN? Take part.
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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 (W/M/NB), 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 University Graduates profiles with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and have no more than 2 years of post-graduation professional experience.

The QUEST Programme

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

This specific Programme is dedicated to Experienced Projects Graduates W/M/NB, 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.


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 W/M/X, 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. (This position will be open soon.)
  • Up to 6 years (for Theoretical and Experimental Physics positions) of post-graduation professional experience. (This position is opened until September 3rd 2023.)

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.

  • 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
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