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Meet Danish Alumnus Jacob, former technical student at CERN: "This was the best experience that I ever had."

(Danish version below)

Tell us a little about you, where you are from, what you study

My name is Jacob Aagaard and I am 25 years old. I come from Ebeltoft situated more or less in the centre of Denmark. I now live and study in Aarhus on Aarhus University School of Engineering, within the field of Electronics.

How did you find out about the opportunity at CERN?

Curiosity was the main driver. I found CERN during my search for an internship, which for me included an important parameter: going abroad to do something special / a bit out of the ordinary compared to what I already knew. Among a few other contenders, CERN was a perfect match for that.

What did you do there and for how long?

During my 10 months (initially 5 months, extended to 10) as a Technical Student in the Technology Department I upgraded a...

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Hello Zoe, tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to CERN?

I originally studied aerospace engineering at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol in the UK. As I am originally from Plymouth I did not travel far for university. If someone told me when I started my degree back in 2012 that I would one day move to Switzerland and be conversing in French, I would look back on my terrible attempts at GCSE French and think it was a joke!

My route to CERN is relatively normal actually: I took A-levels, did my Bachelor degree with a placement and then finally my Masters. However, the diversity of opportunities I have had has been anything but normal. I decided that for me university was more than just grades: it was a chance to say “yes” to a wide variety of opportunities. During...

From Denmark to CERN to Denmark and back again: Meet Ole, from CERN's Beams department

Ole, can you tell us about yourself and your career with CERN?

I started my career at CERN in 1995 as technical student; I did my final school project on "The Closed orbit signal suppressor in the CERN PS Booster transversal feedback system" … my unit is still operational. Straight after I joined as staff for two 3 year limited duration contracts, first as an operator on the PS machine and later developing beam instrumentation for the CERN Antiproton Decelerator. After these contracts ended, the family wanted to go back to Denmark where I joined Terma A/S in Denmark developing X-Band radar, first as developer later as project manager and system engineer. The experience I had acquired at CERN of working in an such a diverse environment with international colleagues and the technical experience of having worked at the cutting edge of technology (high frequency electronics and digital signal processing) was very...

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HI Hannah, tell us a little about yourself and what brought you to CERN?

If I had to choose a hometown it would be Bath, a small city in the south west of England, but in reality I have spent my life moving from place to place and country to country.  Initially I travelled for my Dad’s job and, more recently, because I seem to have caught the travel bug too! My latest adventure has been to join CERN as a Fellow in the Computer Security team.

 The path here has been unorthodox and surprising. 10 years ago I never would have imagined that I’d be working at CERN, although it was a journey to CERN that sparked it all off... in 2007 I came on a school...

"It’s a great opportunity for your career but it also provides a very rewarding life experience." Meet Ashley, technician at CERN

Technicians are an essential and vital part of CERN’s workforce to fulfil its mission to provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge, to perform world-class research in fundamental physics. Whether in electronics, electricity, mechanics, IT, vacuum, cooling and ventilation, safety, radioprotection, survey engineering, to name but a few, the Organization relies on this expertise and is constantly looking to hire new technicians from all Member and Associate Member States. The Technician Training Experience programme (TTE) is aimed at technicians who are looking to get a first, great professional experience to further their career, or before they embark on advanced study programmes.

What could be a better boost for your career than a 2 year contract in a hi-tech Organization?

Meet Ashley, technician in the...

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Hi Stefan, tell us about yourself and what journey brought you to CERN?


Being a geek since infant times, I had a fable for computers & technical stuff. Naturally, I was good in maths, physics and chemistry in school. As my home town, Hamburg, was running accelerators at DESY, I got immersed in particle physics, read lots of science books on those subjects like “First 3 Minutes” (Weinberg), the “Short History of Time” (Hawking) and many others. Hence I studies physics in Hamburg and graduated in particle physics, guess where,...

“It’s the best summer for me.” Meet four of this year's “Summies”

“It’s the best summer for me.” Meet four of this years’ “Summies”


The 2017 summer student programme has been another rich edition with 340 students from 90 countries coming to CERN for a unique summer experience like nowhere else on earth. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures, workshops, and take part in various activities in a rich programme that will make for memories to last a lifetime. We met 4 of them at the Summer Student Poster Session to find out more.



A technical or admin studentship like nowhere else on earth!

“Excellent programme, definitely an eye opening experience!”; “I can say without hesitation that technical student programme contributed to both my personal and professional growth.”; “I felt welcomed and challenged in a positive way at CERN. I want to return.”

These are but a few of the many quotes of happy students who have taken part in CERN’s Technical and Administrative student programme.

There’s no better way to learn than ‘on-the-job’: CERN Technical and Administrative student programmes are a unique opportunity for students to experience work in a place like nowhere else on earth, at the cutting edge of technology where challenge, purpose, imagination, collaboration and quality of life collide to make for the experience of a life time.

Celine and Eszter are the coordinators of the technical and administrative student programmes at CERN, “Techs” and “Admins” for short. Today the programmes count respectively 196 technical students spanning 23 nationalities and...

"Take every opportunity to learn that comes your way": meet Michael, Computing Engineer at CERN.

Michael, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN

I am a Computer Scientist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. My first encounter with CERN was when the "Big Bang" Roadshow came to Queen's University Belfast in May 2013. The Higgs Boson had been discovered the previous year, CERN was in the news, so I went with a few friends to attend the public lectures. We weren't fast enough to get tickets to hear Peter Higgs, but managed to squeeze into the back of a crowded lecture theatre to listen to Steve Myers. Steve is an alumnus of Queen's and at that time was Director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN. I remember being inspired by his talk about the engineering challenges of building the Large Hadron Collider. I did not suspect that in a few years I would be working on the LHC's...