CERN Doctoral Student Programme 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland

CERN Doctoral Student Programme 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: March 25, 2019

Applications are open for the CERN Doctoral Student Programme 2019. This is a chance to work on your thesis while spending up to 36 months at the forefront of science.

Whether you’ve already chosen a subject or are still making your decision, if your specialism is Applied Physics, Engineering or Computing, this is an invitation to further your knowledge in a truly unique organization. In fact, it’s an invitation to get involved in world-famous experiments of unprecedented scale and scope. An invitation to join an environment like nowhere else on Earth.

You will have the opportunity to work in a diversity of fields at the cutting edge of technology: applied physics, IT, mathematics, electricity, electronics, mechanical or civil engineering, instrumentation for accelerators and particle physics experiments, materials science, radiation protection, safety and environmental protection, science communication, surveying, ultra-high vacuum are but a few of the examples of the many domains in which successful applicants will learn and contribute their knowledge.


CERN will provide you with:

  • A contract of association for 6 months initially, renewable up to 3 years
  • The total period (up to 36 months) may be spread over a maximum duration of four consecutive years to allow you to spend time at your university (for periods of up to 12 months, granted as unpaid special leave)
  • An allowance of 3,704 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax)
  • A travel allowance
  • Depending on your personal circumstances, a supplement if you are married and/or have children
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive Health Insurance scheme (the contribution will be automatically deducted from your allowance)
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month


  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have started or are about to start a doctoral programme in a university;
  • Your work envisaged at CERN is all or part of the thesis work required to obtain your PhD. The award of the degree remains the responsibility of your university. Academic arrangements will be discussed between your university thesis supervisor and your CERN supervisor;
  • You have a good knowledge of English OR French.


You will need the following documents to complete your application (please make sure to name the documents accordingly e.g. CV, motivation letter, academic transcript):

  • A CV
  • An Academic transcript (of your last year of studies).
  • At least one Reference Letter.
    • You can upload this letter at the time of application if you have it 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.

For application and more information, visit CERN Doctoral Student Programme.