Senior Fellowship: Science Show Developer

  • 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

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

Job Description

Are you an enthusiastic science communicator who feels comfortable performing in front of diverse audiences? Are you passionate about engaging visitors in science experiments while promoting their scientific curiosity and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers? CERN, take part!

CERN offers an exciting opportunity to develop science shows in its major new project, Science Gateway. CERN Science Gateway will be an emblematic education and outreach facility and a beacon to encourage young people to aim for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). One of Science Gateway’s offers will be interactive science shows, through which visitors of all ages will be able to explore their scientific curiosity and learn about the science, the discoveries and the technologies at CERN.

This position is for developing, testing, and evaluating science shows for CERN's Science Gateway, planned to open at the end of 2022. The successful candidate will join the Teacher and Student Programmes section (TSP) within CERN's Education, Communications and Outreach Group (ECO) in summer 2021 and support the Science Gateway Team.

As Science Show Developer, you will

  • Collect and explore new ideas for activities and narratives of science shows related to the science, the discoveries and the technologies at CERN in collaboration with members of CERN's scientific community as well as external partners;
  • Develop, test, and evaluate science shows for different groups of learners following the principles of Design Based Research;
  • Prepare the developed science shows for the start of operations of Science Gateway;
  • Facilitate science shows for diverse groups.
  • Contribute to other aspects of the science shows such as risk assessments, equipment orders, promotion, or volunteer management and training;
  • Follow developments in Science Education Research about out-of-school science learning and story-telling in science education, and contribute to the team's research efforts, as appropriate.


Eligibility criteria

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have a PhD, or at least 4 years’ relevant experience since the completion of your MSc (or the equivalent diploma which gives access to doctoral programmes) with a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your MSc.

Essential skills and experience

  • Experience in communicating physics (or other natural sciences) to a diverse international audience;
  • Experience in science education, preferably in the development and facilitation of science shows;
  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills and be able to adjust to different audiences;
  • Have a high proficiency in oral and written English and a sound knowledge of French; any other language is an asset.

The following skills are not required, but would be advantageous:

  • Experience in performing in a theatre environment;
  • Experience in creating compelling storylines;
  • Experience as instructor for science show facilitators;
  • Experience in the evaluation of science shows.

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 7,201 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.

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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.
    • 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 normally reach us no later than 15 March at noon (12:00 CEST).

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