Physicist (Experimental Physics)

Physicist (Experimental Physics) in the Experimental Physics Department.

Job Reference: EP-DI-2017-70-IC
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The Physics Department invites applicants for the indefinite appointment of a Physicist in experimental particle physics research.




  • To take a leading role in all aspects of particle physics experiments, involving the conception and design of experiments, the building and operation of detectors and the analysis of data.
  • To co-ordinate or make important contributions to studies, projects or committee work.
  • To represent the Organization at conferences, workshops, or in other research laboratories and institutions.
  • To supervise research and development work and to plan and manage activities including material and human resources.


Qualification required

Doctorate in the field of Particle Physics, or equivalent.


Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:


  • Approximately 5 to 10 years of post-doctoral experience and demonstrated excellence in experimental particle physics research; appropriate allowance for career breaks and other special circumstances will be taken into account.
  • Experience in data analysis, in the use of on-line and off-line software, and competence in detector hardware.
  • High capacity for innovation and potential for making a significant medium to long-term contribution to the scientific programme of the Organization.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Physics analysis, reconstruction and simulation.
  • Familiarity with modern information technology.
  • Detection techniques.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Learning and sharing knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information; thinking "out of the box" and proposing fresh ideas, insights and methodologies.
  • Leading with strength and credibility: conveying and instilling energy, enthusiasm and ownership of the Organization's goals; acting as a role model and leading by example; using power/position in the interests of all.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing ideas in a convincing manner; practising attentive listening and actively promoting mutual understanding; making effective oral presentations and negotiating effectively.
  • Building relationships: relating well to all people regardless of position within the Organization; understanding how individual differences bring added value to the Organization and promoting complementarities.
  • Working in the interest of the Organization: promoting synergy and cooperation between the various parts of the Organization; actively promoting safety and respecting safety rules and procedures.


Note that these competencies have been taken from the CERN competency model, which provides criteria aimed at enhancing staff performance and development. 


The language competencies required are:


  • Good knowledge of English or French; basic knowledge of the other language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.


Eligibility conditions

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.


Preference will be given to applicants from the Member States.


Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the Recruitment Service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.


Documents required:


  • A completed Application Form.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A list of 10 most important publications indicating where you have been a principal contributor or a co-author.
  • A covering letter giving your research interests and plans.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be sent directly to and they should be recent (not more than 1 year old).


The application and ALL supporting documents (except from the recommendation letters that should be sent to ( should be submitted using the e-recruitment system ( by 19 June 2017.


Note on Employment Conditions

This position is of a long-term nature. The recruitment procedure consists of a highly selective process involving investigations by a special search committee and the approval of the final nomination by the Director-General.


These functions require: 


  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.


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