Physicist (Experimental Physics)

Due to a forthcoming change in our e-recruitment system this position will open for applications on 2nd May 2018. The corresponding link will be made available as of that date.



The Experimental 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 Requirements:  PhD/Doctorate in particle physics, or equivalent.

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.


Technical competencies:

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

Behavioural Competencies:    

  • Learning and sharing knowledge
  • Leading with strength and credibility
  • Communicating effectively
  • Building relationships
  • Working in the interest of the Organization

The language competencies required for this post are:

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

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 may require: 

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

​Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success.

Preference will be given to applicants from all Member States and Associate Member States. 

Documents that will be required for your application:

  • 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 recent (not more than 1 year old).


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