The Post Career Break Fellowship programme aims to support people who have taken some time off working for personal reasons, and who wish to return to a scientific career – full-time or part-time.
Please note that this opportunity is not for a specific position, but represents an application to a programme. This means that we also encourage all applicants in fields other than particle physics to communicate any research interests and skills related to CERN’s diverse activities.
The applications close on 1 September 2020.
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Welcome to the Post Career Break Fellowship Programme
Have you taken time out for personal reasons from your career in science or engineering? Would you be interested in returning to a scientific career if you could?
CERN has launched a programme to offer full-time or part-time Fellowships to science and engineering graduates looking for a way back into science. This is an outstanding chance for you to update your knowledge and skills working for up to three years in an international environment at the forefront of research.
Please note that you are applying for a programme and not for a specific job. In order to help us offer you an interesting work project, for those of you in fields other than particle physics we recommend that you let us know how your research interests and skills relate to CERN’s diverse activities. You can include this during the online application process form or in a separate motivation letter.
In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:
- You have been on a career break for personal reasons (for example for family or caring responsibilities, health issues) for at least two years. Please note that periods of unemployment or a change in field from your studies or in the direction of your career are not considered a “career break” within the spirit of our programme.
- You have either a “Senior Fellow” profile, with a MSc level diploma or PhD and between 4 and 10 years’ relevant experience after completion of your MSc. If you are applying in the fields of experimental or theoretical physics, you must hold a PhD (or be about to finish your thesis).
Alternatively, you have a “Junior Fellow” profile, with a BSc or technical engineer diploma and no more than 4 years’ relevant experience, and you are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State (https://home.cern/about/member-states).
- Please note that candidates who are registered as CERN Users may be asked to justify how their status relates to their application.
- CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.
More information here.
The applications close on 1st September 2020.