Computing Fellowship in Front-end Software Engineering


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 CERN Scientific Information Service Group are looking for a Front-end Software Engineer to work on INSPIRE, a trusted community hub that helps researchers to share and find accurate scholarly information. You’ll be working within an agile software development team, and enjoy building practical solutions in close collaboration with users and external partners.

On the front end we use ReactJS and TypeScript.

This is an excellent opportunity if you value learning and sharing knowledge with colleagues, following best open-source collaborative practices, you will:

  • Contribute to the development and operation of the INSPIRE service, a live system with thousands of users every year, with high throughput REST APIs, and a state-of-the-art UX;
  • Contribute to an agile team, you will collaborate with 6 international institutions to design, develop, and deploy services and tools that strive to help researchers throughout their career, from idea generation, project building, establishing collaborations and publishing results of any kind (from data, code, slides to the preprints and published articles).

As part of our work, you will be also contributing to open-source projects and collaborate with CERN Information Technology department.



Eligibility criteria

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or other related field;
  • You have no more than 4 years’ experience after completing your highest diploma.

Essential skills and experience

  • Professional experience with front-end development and the following technologies: Javascript, React and Typescript;
  • Solid knowledge in XHTML, CSS, and web technologies;
  • Experience with consuming REST APIs;
  • You value learning and sharing knowledge with colleagues, following best open-source collaborative practices and egoless programming;
  • Passionate about software development and building and evolving robust, secure, well-tested software components and tools;
  • You enjoy working in an agile software development team building practical solutions in close collaboration with users and international partners.

Desired skills and experience

  • Knowledge of container technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes or OpenShift);

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 6 months (minimum) up to 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,305 to 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.

Your Life @CERN

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How to Apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV (Resume) 
  • Your most recent relevant qualification. (Degree)

We recommend you 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 27 January 2022.