Fellowship in CERN’s Legal Service

Geneva, Switzerland
28 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Welcome to the Fellowship Programme

Within the Programme, we are looking for a Fellow to join the Operational Law Section of CERN’s Legal Service.

Within the CERN Legal Service, the Operational Law Section assists the Organization by:

  1. preparing and reviewing agreements, MOUs and similar legal instruments governing CERN’s scientific and technical cooperation with its partners around the world, including CERN's participation in EU grant schemes;
  2. supporting CERN’s procurement activities by providing input and guidance on the preparation and execution of market surveys, invitations to tender and the placing of contracts with industry suppliers;
  3. providing legal support to the CERN Pension Fund in respect of its investment transactions;
  4. defending the Organization’s interests in any contractual disputes that result in litigation;
  5. addressing legal issues concerning the use of CERN’s name, acronym and logos, managing copyright in its publicly available multimedia resources, and handling other intellectual property matters pertinent to the Organization; and
  6. providing legal support in the context of CERN’s fundraising and outreach activities.

While the majority of the selected Fellow's work is likely to be generated from items 1 - 4, he or she can nonetheless expect to be involved in other aspects of these work-streams during the course of the Fellowship. Other discrete legal files that arise in the course of the Organization's activities may also be assigned to the Fellow.

In addition, a core deliverable of the Fellowship, once sufficient familiarity with these work-streams has been acquired, will be the design and delivery of a legal project to identify opportunities for the preparation and use of template agreements and conditions across these work-streams in the day-to-day activities of the Legal Service.


For this position within the Programme, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State ( A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States with a Senior Fellow profile.
  • You have a LLM or equivalent level legal degree and relevant professional experience or skills in a number of the domains set out above with a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your degree.
  • Excellent spoken and written English is essential. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.
  • Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion. In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract for between six months (minimum) up to a maximum of 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,185 to 7,994 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification.
  • Three recent letters of recommendation (not older than a year at the time of the deadline for applications), giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
    • You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

For more information about this Fellowship, please feel free to call Jonathan Drakeford at 41 22 766 29 95 or Maarten Wilbers at + 41 22  767 27 45.

All applications should reach us no later than 26.10.2018.

Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further.