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Senior Fellowship: Data Privacy Professional

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date:

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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.

Job Description

As a Privacy Professional you will join the CERN’s Office of Data Privacy, where you will report to CERN’s Data Protection Officer. You will advise the Director-General and the Organization, as well as Data Subjects and External Entities involved in the Processing of Personal Data, on all issues related to the Organization’s data privacy protection.

You will:

  • Provide expert guidance on the implementation of CERN’s internal data protection framework and on compliance with data privacy obligations and in the processing of personal data;
  • Advise on risk mitigation, policy development, drafting internal rules and regulations; participate in the concertation and decision-making processes, and support implementation of the decisions in matters concerning the processing of personal data;
  • Ensure adequate exercise and execution of Data Subject rights;
  • Manage the framework for the creation and maintenance of Records of Processing Operations;
  • Evaluate and advise on Data Privacy Impact Assessments;
  • Participate in the Organization’s Data Breach response procedure;
  • Evaluate and advise on transfers of personal data;
  • Receive and handle reports of the misprocessing, or the potential for misprocessing, of personal data;
  • Act as a contact point for the supervisory authority;
  • Manage or contribute to projects in the privacy and data protection field.


Eligibility criteria

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • 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) in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), law or a related field and with a maximum limit of 10 years’ experience after completion of your MSc.

Essential skills and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in privacy and data protection law and practices, wide ranging ICT experience, including risk and privacy assessments and ICT best practices;
  • The most relevant certification would be the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), or equivalent;
  • Ability to work with autonomy, flexibility and manage multiple tasks;
  • Good knowledge of both French and English. Writing skills in both official CERN languages is necessary.

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 7.170 to 8,143 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.

Your Life @CERN

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This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents (in PDF format) to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • 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 normally reach us no later than 17 January at noon (12:00 CEST).

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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