Computing Fellowship/DevOps Engineer


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 organisation.


Job Description

We are an agile, high-performance team using Kubernetes, PostgreSQL, Python programming and Elasticsearch on the back-end and ReactJS on the front-end. As part of our work, you will also be contributing to open-source projects and collaborating with the CERN's IT department.

You will contribute to the operation of the different services in the section (including INSPIRE, CERN Analysis Preservation), live systems with thousands of users every year, high throughput REST APIs, and a state-of-the-art UX.

The role will consist of working closely with our collaborators from different institutions to maintain, support and deploy services and tools that strive to help the research community.

There are many challenges and opportunities that are bound to match some of your computing interests and strengths!



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

  • Previous work on production or online services;
  • Solid knowledge of UNIX and Linux systems;
  • Exposure to container technologies;
  • Proficient with version control systems.

Desired skills and experience

  • Container and orchestration technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes, Swarm, OpenShift);
  • Relational and document-based databases (e.g., PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch).

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 5,321 to 6,606 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
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification

Optionally, we recommend that 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 19 July 2022.