Senior Fellowship: Legal Advisor

  • 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

We are looking for a Legal Advisor to join the HSE Unit at CERN to support its legal advisor in her activities.

Within CERN the HSE unit is responsible, in particular, for:

  1. the establishment, update and interpretation of the Organization's regulatory framework in matters of Safety;
  2. radiation protection;
  3. occupational medicine within the Organization;
  4. fire and rescue services;
  5. the provision of advice and support in matters of occupational health and safety; as well as
  6. the monitoring of - and reporting on the environmental impact of the Organization’s activities.

While the majority of your work is likely to be generated from the establishment, update and interpretation of the Organization's regulatory framework in matters of Safety (drafting Safety rules and related documents and advising stakeholders as to their practical implementation), you can nonetheless expect to be involved in other aspects of HSE related legal activities (support to Safety related committees such as CERNs Safety Policy Committee, legal analysis of HSE initiatives, support in the implementation of HSE related treaties) during the course of the Fellowship.  


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

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State
  • You have a Master, a LLM or PhD and you have relevant professional experience or skills regarding HSE related subjects, substantive EU law or public international law with a minimum of 4 years' relevant experience and a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your Master degree.
  • Excellent spoken and written English or French and good working knowledge of the other language is essential.
  • This Fellowship demands good analytical skills and an interest in HSE related subjects.  
  • 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 7,170 to 8,143 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 (in PDF format) to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • Your most recent relevant qualification.
  • Two 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 13 November at 12.00 PM (CET).

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