Legal Adviser

05 Oct 2017
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02 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Legal adviser in the Director-General Unit (DG), Legal Service (LS), Operational Section (OO).

You will join the Legal Service, which, reporting to the Director-General, provides legal support for the execution of CERN's mission within the applicable legal framework.


As a Legal Adviser in the Legal Service, you will perform your duties under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Service's Operational Section.

Working with the Legal Service team and with scientists, engineers and other colleagues across the Organization, you will:

  • Draft, review and follow up scientific collaboration agreements and memoranda of understanding, including  license agreements, EU grant and consortium agreements, as well as non-disclosure agreements;
  • Provide legal advice on questions related to media and communications and other outreach media, including on the use of CERN's name and logo.


Master's degree in the field of private law, or equivalent; complementary training in international institutional law would be an advantage.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated extensive experience in practising contract and IP law preferably in the establishment of scientific or technological collaborations, acquired in an international environment;
  • Experience in preparing EU grant and consortium agreements would be an advantage.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Legal drafting;
  • Knowledge of private law;
  • Knowledge of intellectual property law.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.
  • Working in teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.

The language competencies required are:

  • Excellent spoken and written English, including demonstrated drafting skills. Fluency in French would be an advantage. Otherwise a willingness to acquire a working knowledge of French rapidly.

Eligibility and closing date

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and 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 07.11.2017.

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.

Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.