"CERN is ideal for entrepreneurship". Meet Ranveig, CERN Fellow from Norway

Hi Ranveig, tell us a little about yourself and how you came to CERN.

I first came to CERN in 2015 to conduct market assessments based on CERN technologies, as part of the annual NTNU Screening Week. CERN immediately struck me as an interesting place, and when I got the chance to write my Master’s Thesis here, while working as an Administrative Student in the Knowledge Transfer group, I knew I had to seize the opportunity. Now, one year later, I just started a new contract as Entrepreneurship Development Officer – a Fellow position in the Knowledge Transfer group.

With a background in business development and entrepreneurship, people often ask how this is related to CERN. CERN’s mission is basic science, probing the fundamental structure of the Universe, while entrepreneurship, on the other hand, revolves around the creation of new ventures. These two fields are inherently different. However, I would...

"CERN is like nowhere I have worked before, an international team working together to discover the unknown and to create the uncreated." - Meet Zoe, fellow at CERN

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...

"Cycling home after a busy day at work and looking out over Mont Blanc makes me smile every time!" Meet Hannah, Fellow in Computer Security at CERN

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...

"The place to be. CERN." Meet Stefan, Head of computer security at CERN

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...

"Opportunities will always come where you least expect them!": meet Jamie, taking part in the Technician Training Experience programme at CERN.

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

I’ve always loved science, and took physics and chemistry through sixth form at school, and got the opportunity to visit the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s (RAL) Diamond Light Source in my final year. From that point it was pretty much set that that is exactly where I wanted to be; working on these huge machines for science. I was a mechanical engineering apprentice at RAL for four years, and from this I had the chance to work abroad in Grenoble's ILL and ESRF and fell in love with France, its culture and the people. Just a couple of months in France opened my eyes to working abroad and I knew I had to leave. I made a plan, I knew I wanted to work in certain experiments and of course the top of...

Meet Emelie, COFUND Senior Fellow at CERN. "If you are curious, motivated and ready for an adventure: take the chance and apply. See you at CERN!"

In this month's blog post, we invite you to meet Emelie, a CERN COFUND Senior Fellow from Sweden who tells us more about her experience in this unique Organization. The Fellowship programme is now open for applications, closing 4th September 2017. For full details on this programme see

Emelie, tell us about yourself and your first encounter with CERN I have been crazy about physics for as long as I can remember and dreamt of working with astrophysics.  During my physics studies in Sweden I changed focus when I discovered particle and accelerator physics and got intrigued by the mixture of physics and technology.  While I was a Master student I did a ski season in Chamonix in the French Alps. A friend of mine’s father who was working at CERN with superconducting magnets took us on a...