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Computing Fellowship: Computer Security Engineer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Junior - Only open to Nationals of all CERN Member States and Associate Member States - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Security and Safety
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • 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

​The successful candidate will join the CERN Computer Security Team, which is mandated to secure and protect all aspects of the computing infrastructure of CERN as well as the operations and reputation of the Organization against any kind of cyber-threats, and take over an active role to fulfil this mandate.

​The successful candidate is supposed to liaise, contribute and take over operational responsibilities in the CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) for the core systems of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) . This CSIRT coordinates incident response across many European computing facility providers. 

The work includes:

  • getting integrated within an European, and, ideally, pan-European network of peers as well as with all key people involved in those activities;
  • provide appropriate information security coordination, aligned with the EOSC content and service providers;
  • provide and maintain IT/CSIRT services for the benefit of EOSC; and
  • directly contribute to the incident reponse activies (including forensics analyses) if needed.


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc level in computer science,engineering or another relevant course) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree;
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Essential skills and experience:

The successful candidate should come with proven expertise and knowledge on computer, network or software security, and, preferably, as computer system administrator. Strong communication, presentation and collaboration-building skills are essential as well as:

  • Design of networks as well as knowledge of communication technologies and protocols;
  • Administration of computing system as well as installation, operation and maintenance (preventive and corrective) of computing systems: In particular excellent knowledge of the Linux/UNIX operating system, virtualization, databases, and in particular of shell scripting and programming (Python, and/or C), other languages or technologies would be a plus;
  • Knowledge in incident response, computer forensics on Linux systems, and penetration testing as well as ethical hacking;
  • Knowledge of best practises for developing secure software and of, development and integration of IT security (features).

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 5,281 to 6,558 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 to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification.

We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, 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 28 January 2021.

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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