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Cern Doctoral Student Internship Program

Cern Doctoral Student Internship Program

Combine your doctoral thesis with valuable internship experience provided by Cern. This is a golden opportunity for doctoral students to spend up to 36 months working on their thesis at the forefront of science.

During this program, interns will be involved in world-famous experiments of unprecedented scale and scope to further their knowledge. They will get the chance to gain working experience in a variety of fields including applied physics, IT, mathematics, electricity, electronics, mechanical, and engineering.

The best aspects of this program are that it contains many benefits for students and will provide them an unforgettable experience of life in the beautiful country Switzerland.

Cern is a European Organization for Nuclear Research located in Meyrin, Switzerland. This foundation was established on 29 September 1954 and currently has 23 member states. It operates the world‡s largest particle physics laboratory and has around 2500 people from all around the world. It mainly provides accelerator facilities to researchers to help them in uncovering what the universe is made of.

Internship Location:

This internship will be located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Internship Duration:

The length of this program is 36 months.

Internship Benefits:

As a participant, you will have:

  • 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 3719 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

To secure a place in this program, candidates will need to fulfill all the requirements:

  • Must have started or are about to start a doctoral program at a university.
  • Have a good knowledge of English or French.

Eligible Country:

All candidates are required to be a national of a CERN Member Or Associate Member State.

How to Apply:

Fill out an online application form. You will also need the following documents in PDF format to complete your application:

  • A CV
  • A motivation letter
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript giving an overview of your marks
  • A reference letter from your University Professor is mandatory.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be sent no later than March 25, 2021.

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