Junior Fellowship: Legal Adviser

  • Meyrin, 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 Programme, we are looking for a Fellow to join the Operational Law Section of CERN’s Legal Service.

The Operational Law Section assists the Organization by:

  • preparing and reviewing agreements, MOUs and similar legal instruments governing CERN’s scientific and technical cooperation with its partners around the world, including CERN's participation in EU grant schemes;
  • supporting CERN’s procurement activities by providing input and guidance on the preparation and execution of market surveys, invitations to tender and the placing of contracts with industry suppliers;
  • providing legal support to the CERN Pension Fund in respect of its investment transactions;
  • defending the Organization’s interests in any contractual disputes that result in litigation;
  • addressing legal issues concerning the use of CERN’s name, acronym and logos, managing copyright in its publicly available multimedia resources, and handling other intellectual property matters pertinent to the Organization; and
  • providing legal support in the context of CERN’s fundraising and outreach activities.

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

In addition, a core deliverable of the Fellowship, once sufficient familiarity with these work-streams has been acquired, will be the design and delivery of a legal project to identify opportunities for the preparation and use of template agreements and conditions across these work-streams in the day-to-day activities of the Legal Service.


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). 
  • You have graduated with a Master degree in Law and have up to 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your MSc degree.
  • 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 of 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.

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
  • We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, 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 30 September 2021 at 12.00 PM (CET). 

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