Spanish Trainee Program (FTEC)

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The FTEC (Formacion en las TEcnologias del CERN) Trainee Programme has been established through a bilateral agreement between CERN and CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) in Spain.

This programme is aimed at recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes seeking further training in a wide area of projects. Selected trainees will join a team working at CERN and have the opportunity to enlarge their knowledge through participation in the hi-tech activities of the laboratory, in fields such as superconducting and resistive magnets, power converters and their associated electronics, cryogenics and vacuum technologies and electronics for detectors, including radiation resistance issues, and related activities on infrastructures with a potential industrial return.

The job will be opened from 1st May - 31st May 2018.

The 20 available projects which were considered in the 2017 call can be found here.

Up to 20 trainees can be selected depending on the quality of the candidates and technical suitability to the program.

Contact CERN: Manuel Gonzalez Berges

Contact CIEMAT


  • You are Spanish.
  • You have a Master degree (“ingeniero superior”, “licenciado” or “master”) in the field of mechanical, electrical, electronic or computing engineering, applied physics or equivalent
  • You have between 0 and 4 years of relevant experience (after your diploma).
  • You have not had any previous appointments as members of the personnel of CERN for a cumulative period exceeding fourteen (14) months.
  • Candidates who are currently completing a diploma ("ingeniero superior", "licenciado" or "master") are eligible to apply, however, they are expected to have obtained their qualification by the time they take up their appointment at CERN. The start of the traineeship should be September/October, however, in exceptional cases a sightly later start date might be possible which would be subject to approval by all concerned parties.
  • Exceptions to the application of these criteria can be envisaged in particular in case an applicant holds a PhD degree or is in the process of obtaining it.
  • Contract from 12 to 24 months (start should be September/October)
  • 40 hours/week
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month
  • Monthly subsistence of CHF 4,128
  • Insurance coverage by a Spanish Insurance company

The following documents are required:

  • a completed and submitted electronic application form
  • a CV
  • an academic transcript of your highest qualification giving an overview of your grades and studied modules
  • a copy of your most recent (highest) qualification/diploma (if not yet obtained, latest version of your academic transcript and certificate of expected graduation date)
  • optionally: a reference letter (please note that the reference letter is recommended but optional)

The application form and supporting documents should be submitted on your candidate profile using this e-recruitment system before the deadline.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are considered once a year in June. Please note that applications are forwarded to a panel of national experts for evaluation purposes.

Selection results will be communicated in July.

Contracts are expected to start on the 1st of September/October.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.



The 2018-FTEC call will be open for applications from 1st May - 31st May 2018.

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