Junior Fellowship: Communications Officer

  • 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

The Industry, Procurement and Knowledge Transfer Department (IPT) is currently looking for a communications officer to join the EU Projects Office under the Fellowship Programme. The main responsibilities of the role include implementing and reporting on the communication activities of European projects coordinated by CERN. Primary audiences are: project participants, policy-makers, the international scientific community, industry and the general public. 


  • Create and update communication and marketing material, as agreed with the Communication and Marketing Officer for IPT;
  • Science and technology writing (news items, articles);
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of the EU Projects Office strategic communications plan;
  • Create, implement and evaluate communication plans for events related to EU projects and other relevant IPT activities;
  • Contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of the EU Projects Office communication activities, including quarterly and project reports;
  • Attend meetings related to EU projects;
  • Create a network of contacts to support the generation, promotion and evaluation of communication activities;
  • Keep abreast of the latest technologies to support an efficient communication;
  • Share resources and assist with other communication and marketing activities in the IPT department, including work on annual reports.


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 science, engineering, marketing, communication or business) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience in communication related to science, technology and innovation;
  • Excellent spoken and written English, proficiency in French is an advantage.

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 6,586 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

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at CERN: https://careers.cern/benefits and https://careers.cern/our-people

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. (Ref 1, 2, 3)
    • 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 11 March 2021 noon (12.00 PM CEST).

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