Fellowship in CERN's Knowledge Transfer Group as Legal Advisor

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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 http://home.cern.

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 Fellowship Programme, we are looking for a Fellow to join the Intellectual Property Management and KT Policies Section of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Group to work on legal aspects related to the activities of the group.

Within the Knowledge Transfer Group, the IP Section assists the Organization by:

1.      preparing and reviewing agreements related to knowledge transfer activities, such as license agreements and other forms of exploitation agreements;

2.      providing legal support related to intellectual property;

3.      drafting R&D agreements with other scientific institutes and industry;

4.      assisting CERN personnel in intellectual property matters;

5.      addressing policy matters related to intellectual property and knowledge transfer.

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 the work during the course of the Fellowship. Other legal files that arise in the course of the Organization's activities may also be assigned to the Fellow.


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 (https://home.cern/about/member-states). A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States with a Senior Fellow profile.
  • You have a university degree in law with a specialization (LLM) in intellectual property law or equivalent and a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your university degree.
  • You have relevant professional experience or skills in a number of the domains set out above, acquired in industry or scientific institutes with international exposure through the drafting of licensing and R&D agreements or technology transfer more generally.
  • 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 6,506 to 8,078 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.

All applications should reach us no later than 4 March 2019.

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.

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