Early Career Graduate: Junior Protocol Officer

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 http://home.cern.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Are you passionate about International Relations?
Would you like to contribute to the Protocol activities in the world’s leading particle-physics laboratory and thrive?

Come and join the Protocol Office in the International Relations sector at CERN!

As a Junior Protocol Officer, you will join the small, multi-tasking team of the Protocol Office and will contribute to the development of its work.

The Protocol Office is mandated to ensure compliance with protocol rules and etiquette at events, which are organised at CERN and chaired by CERN Director-General or Directors, in the form of technical visits and meetings with scientists of the Laboratory.

The Protocol team has a key role in the process organisation of these visits and collaborates with the highest level of government authorities and representations in Geneva.
In 2019, CERN has been visited by 148 delegations, representing 50 nationalities, chaired by heads of state or government, ministers, secretaries of state, members of parliament, prominent industrialists and university rectors.

The selected Junior Protocol Officer, together with other Protocol team members, will:

  • Contribute to the organisation of protocol visits, technical visits and high-level events related to:
    • the Science Gateway Inauguration project in 2023
    • CERN 70th Anniversary in 2024
  • Accompany delegations, when the rank and the logistical complexity of the event require it.


Science Gateway Inauguration project

The Science Gateway is a flagship project of CERN for Education and Scientific Communication, which is currently under construction. The Science Gateway complex is designed by the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.

Its inauguration is scheduled for June 2023 in the presence of a selected international audience.

The successful candidate will be an active member of the Protocol Office, mandated by CERN Director-General to organise this historic, milestone event of the Laboratory. He/she will participate in the daily activities of the Protocol Office by organising fully technical visits to the site and the management of projects related to the inauguration.


In close collaboration with the Chief of Protocol, the successful candidate will undergo training on the protocol and its international standards as well as the complete organisation of technical visits in a complex scientific environment, whose facilities underground are the special feature.


Qualifications/skills required

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) level and have no more than 2 years’ relevant experience;
  • 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:

  • You are aware/have some experience of the service-oriented role linked to protocol functions.
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English and fluent French are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Be able to manage delicate situations, to know how to be tactful and how to improvise.
  • Knowledge (user level) of common office software tools.
  • Rigour, desire to set high standards and speed of execution of tasks are important.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team.

This vacancy is within the CERN Graduate Programme – Early Career professionals (Origin).

The expected start date of the post is 01.01.2023.

For further details and to submit your application, please, go to the CERN Graduate Programme pages

Please send us your application by 03.10.2022, 12.00 CEST