Knowledge Transfer Officer

Geneva, Switzerland
04 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Company Description

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Job Description


Are you interested to conclude partnerships with industries and help the creation of start-up companies to maximize the impact of CERN technologies and expertise on society? CERN, take part!

You will join the Knowledge Transfer (KT) Group (, which is in charge of identifying and realizing opportunities for CERN's know-how to be applied in fields other than particle physics, in order to maximize the impact of CERN technologies and expertise on society (in particular through industry).

Within the Group, you will, amongst other tasks, be responsible of entrepreneurship related activities, managing CERN’s network of incubators and supporting the creation of new CERN start-ups. You will also conduct studies to evaluate the impact of CERN’s KT activities, and contribute ad hoc to other activities of the group, including organizing internal trainings and taking responsibility of some key accounts.


As Knowledge Transfer Officer in the Knowledge Transfer Group you will:

  • Identify technologies and knowledge within the Organisation which can be transferred to other application areas, in particular through the creation of a start-up company; support the set-up of new CERN start-ups.
  • Perform market evaluations and analyse business plans of potential CERN start-ups.
  • Take responsibility for management of CERN’s network of business incubation centers (BICs).
  • Take responsibility for entrepreneurship related activities and contribute to the creation of a culture of entrepreneurship at CERN.
  • Conduct studies to evaluate the impact of CERN KT in the Member States and beyond.
  • Contribute to other key activities of the KT Group and Sections, including the Organization of internal trainings and the management of a few selected knowledge transfer cases.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of a technical or scientific domain broadly related to CERN's technical domains or a related field, complemented by higher education in business (e.g. MBA) or entrepreneurship.


  • Demonstrated experience in the area of entrepreneurship development, ideally in public research organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in support to start-up creation.
  • Experience in managing innovation in industry, involving technology partnerships, such as technology licensing, collaborative R&D and/or open innovation.
  • Previous exposure to intellectual property would be considered an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Entrepreneurship Development.
  • Knowledge and technology promotion, marketing and commercialization.
  • Managing Industry Partnerships.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting;taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.

Language skills:

  • Fluent English: ability to understand and speak English in professional contexts as well as the ability to draft texts for publications and/or official communications and to make oral presentations.
  • The knowledge of the French language or the willingness to acquire it rapidly would be an advantage.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

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. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 14.11.2018.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: IPT-KT-2018-103-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Knowledge Transfer Professional

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