New opportunities for graduates in CERN

European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is introducing a new programme for graduates. Selected young professionals can spend up to three years working in particle physics or take part in advanced development work in a broad range of applied science, engineering and technical fields. Only nationals of Member or Associate Member States can apply for the programme.

CERN offers three different categories of graduate opportunities:

The ORIGIN Programme (Early Career Professionals), for graduates with no more than 2 years’ experience after completing their  highest diploma.

The QUEST Programme (Experienced Project Graduates), for graduates with a MSc degree and between 2 and 6 years’ experience or PhD with up to three years of relevant experience.

The RESEARCH Fellowship Programmes:

  • Theoretical and Experimental Physics Research Fellowship, for researchers in the fields of theoretical and experimental physics holding a PhD and up to six years’ experience in the field after obtaining their PhD;
  • Science and Engineering Research Fellowship, for candidates holding a PhD in the field, with a maximum of 3 years of experience after obtaining their PhD.

CERN will open vacancies continuously. Until 3 October 2022, it is possible to apply for the ORIGIN programme for graduates with general secondary education, technical or administrative diploma or for the ORIGIN programme for university graduates with Bachelor or Master’s degree. More information on the selection process is available here.

The detailed information is available on the CERN website (links above) or contact Mr Ondřej Novák, Department of Research and Development of the MEYS at