CERN Courier contributing editor (Fellowship Programme)

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
Closing Date

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CERN Courier contributing editor (Fellowship Programme)

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

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

Welcome to the Fellowship Programme

You will work in CERN's education, communication and outreach group, reporting to the CERN Courier editor. You will play a key role in contributing to CERN Courier’s print and digital products, showcasing developments in international high-energy physics. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with a passion for particle physics who wants to build their portfolio in science journalism.    

Among your tasks will be:

  • Liaising with the CERN and global high-energy physics communities to gather and produce editorial material;
  • Interviewing, fact-checking, researching ideas/pictures;
  • Commissioning, writing, editing and subediting content;
  • Creating, updating and managing online content;
  • Assisting with the relaunch of CERN Courier in print and online.


  • Previous experience in writing/editing/publishing would be an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to respond positively to critical feedback;

Training value

Developing organisational, communication and editorial skills in a challenging international research environment. Increasing knowledge about CERN and high-energy physics, technology and international collaboration. 

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 ( A limited number of positions are also available to candidates from Non-Member States with a Senior Fellow profile.
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc level) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree. Kindly note that prior experience will not be taken into consideration.
  • Or 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), and in both cases a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your MSc.
  • A postgraduate qualification in particle physics or a closely related field.
  • An excellent command of English.
  • 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 5,185 to 7,994 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 to complete your application:

  • 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.
    • 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 3.09.2018.

Please make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further.

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