CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research)

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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


Are you a creative thinker with excellent communication skills, keen to work in one of the world’s largest scientific organisations? The CERN Press Office is the focal point for media worldwide interested in CERN, and is part of CERN’s Media and Digital Communications section. Its mission is to deliver CERN’s key messages to media and guarantee the positive image and reputation of the Laboratory. The Press Office welcomes journalists (on-site and digitally), prepares and pushes press releases, provides media monitoring and training, and deals with crisis communication within CERN.

Press Officer

As a Fellow in the press office team, you will:

  • Contribute to the different stages of external communication projects and campaigns, mainly press releases and media kits;
  • Contribute to the evaluation and monitoring activities related to media and external communication projects and activities, including weekly, monthly, quarterly, and project reports;
  • Address journalists’ requests and update the existing media database;
  • Organise press visits (individual and in groups, on-site or online) and take part in the organisation of press events and media training courses for CERN members;
  • Update the Press Office’s website and provide administrative support for the Press Office;
  • Share resources and assist with other activities related to media and digital communication as requested


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate with a university degree (BSc or MSc level in computer science, engineering or another relevant course) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree;
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Prerequisites and skills

  • Previous experience in communication related to science, technology, industry, and knowledge or technology transfer. Good knowledge of the media landscape and media relations;
  • Some experience in several of the following fields: event organisation; social media; preparing talking points and fact sheets; newsletter editing; content creation (writing, presentations, audio-visual material); evaluation and monitoring of communications plans; report writing; public relations; public understanding of science; science communications; web development (e.g., Drupal).
  • Excellent ability to communicate with diplomacy; teamwork skills;
  • Ability to collaborate with a great diversity of interlocutors;
  • Organisational and planning skills, ability to solve problems swiftly and autonomously;
  • Proficiency in French and/or English. An additional language will 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 5,305 to 8,178. 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.

Your Life @CERN

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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.

We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, 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.

Deadline for applications: as soon as possible and no later than 22 January 2021.

Job title to mention in the application: “Press Officer Fellowship”