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Junior Fellowship: Legal Adviser

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • 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

Welcome to the Fellowship Programme

In the Industry, Procurement and Knowledge Transfer Department (IPT), Knowledge Transfer Group (KT), you will work on legal aspects related to the activities of the group.

Within the Fellowship Programme, we are looking for a Fellow to join the Intellectual Property Management and KT Policies Section of CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Group.

Within the Knowledge Transfer Group, the IP Section assists the Organization by:

  1. preparing and reviewing agreements related to knowledge transfer activities, such as license agreements and other forms of exploitation agreements;
  2. providing legal support related to intellectual property, including as they arise in the context of procurement activities or EU-funded projects;
  3. drafting R&D agreements with other scientific institutes and industry;
  4. assisting CERN personnel in intellectual property matters;
  5. addressing policy matters related to intellectual property and knowledge transfer.

While the majority of the selected Fellow's work is likely to be generated from items 1 - 4, he or she can nonetheless expect to be involved in other aspects of the work during the course of the Fellowship. Other legal files that arise in the course of the Organization's activities may also be assigned to the Fellow.


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 ( 
  • You have graduated with a Master degree in Law, ideally with a specialization (LLM) in intellectual property and have up to 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your MSc degree.
  • Relevant professional experience or skills in a number of the domains set out above, acquired in industry or scientific institutes with international exposure through the drafting of licensing and R&D agreements or technology transfer more generally.
  • Excellent spoken and written English is essential. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.

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 of 6,586 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 (in PDF format) to complete your application:

  • A CV
  • 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 30 September 2021 at 12.00 PM (CET). 

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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