CERN employment and training opportunities


CERN summer student scheme

CERN has placements for students who have completed three years of undergraduate training in physics, engineering or computing to join a team at CERN for placements lasting two to three months over the summer. It’s the chance to get involved in the day-to-day work of our multicultural teams. You will attend lectures, visit CERN facilities, take part in discussions and workshops with people who are leaders in their fields.

You can find out more on the CERN recruitment website.

Read STFC’s tips and guidance for applying to CERN’s undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Case study

Each year, hundreds of young physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians apply to spend up to 13 weeks at CERN, attending lectures by world-leading subject specialists and working on projects that will give them a practical insight into careers in research.

Valerie Jamieson, Features Editor of New Scientist, says: “It’s no exaggeration to say that being a CERN summer student [in 1990] changed the course of my life. It showed that I could actually make a career from asking the most fundamental questions about the Universe. Far from sitting in ivory towers, physicists go to extraordinarily creative and ingenious lengths to answer them.”

Last updated: 30 June 2022

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