CERN Accelerating science

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Knowledge Transfer through People


Fundamental physics deals with some of the most fascinating questions that humanity has ever asked, and builds upon the work of some of the most highly regarded thinkers in science.

The complexity of the studies and experiments conducted at CERN has inspired the formation of vast international collaborations, combining expertise from many specialised fields.

Every year, more than 10.000 researchers from all over the world come to CERN to carry out their experiments, and more than 2000 people work on site to maintain the operating infrastructure. Hundreds of students and young researchers at the beginning of their careers arrive at CERN each year to participate in exciting big science projects and learn from the best experts in the field.

Building and running the world’s biggest accelerator and the most advanced detectors relies on contributions not only from the physics community, but also from different branches of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, electronics and aerospatial.

Armed with skills and knowledge acquired at CERN, many of these people often go on to establish a career in other important sectors such as industry, education, finance and business. The valuable experience of working in an international team on collaborative large-scale projects translates into an advantage to excel in a competitive global job market.