Spontaneous application in Materials science

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Running the world's most powerful particle accelerator; working in close collaboration with industry, on next generation projects and mechanical engineering feats on scales that defy the imagination¿ at CERN, the importance of materials cannot be underestimated. As the world's single largest consumer of superconducting magnets, with unrivalled knowhow in the mechanical construction of beam accelerators and physics detectors, the laboratory provides a unique setting to perform materials science. From metallurgic analysis, destructive and non-destructive material testing, mechanical dynamic and static measurements, to prototyping and feasibility developments and applied superconductivity research, the work is challenging¿ and satisfying.


CERN seeks experience in any of the following areas:

  • Mechanical design;
  • Metallurgy - order, structure, thermodynamics, processing;
  • Destructive and non-destructive materials testing;
  • Mechanical dynamic and static measurements;
  • Composites;
  • Ceramics;
  • Polymers - electrical and mechanical properties, processing, forming, molding, injection;
  • Superconducting materials;
  • Chemical surface treatments;
  • Materials degassing.


You will be trained to use state of the art facilities and, following this, you will respond to complex requests and manage processes from start to finish, working hand in hand with project engineers. Interested?

Qualification required

We offer roles at all levels, from completed apprentices to PhDs. If you've got knowledge or experience in any of these areas, we can offer you a challenge like no other. Please use the link below to register your interest.

Eligibility conditions

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. However, please note that this is not guaranteed and depends on whether the recruitment team needs to search this database for given positions where there is an insufficient number of suitably qualified applicants. We therefore encourage you to file applications for specific job opportunities as you see fit,  where your application will be considered among all those received.

Please ensure you update your profile with any relevant information regularly.

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 family situation.

We also have entry-level opportunities in the field. To find out more, check our graduate programme webpages.

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