Project Graduate: School and Student Projects Manager

Project Graduate:
School and Student Projects Manager

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

Are you passionate about engaging students in science and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers?

Are you an enthusiastic science educator who feels comfortable interacting with diverse audiences in the framework of an international laboratory?

Are you excited to design, execute, and evaluate programmes and projects for the next generation of scientists?

Are you excited by Open Science?

Join the CERN Education team as a School and Student Projects Manager!

CERN has an opening for a Project Graduate in the Teacher & Student Programmes (TSP) Section in the Education, Communication and Outreach (ECO) group in the International Relations (IR) sector.

Within the CERN Education team, several school and student programmes exist already, like the Beamline for Schools (BL4S) competition and the Hands-On Physics (HOP) project, a programme aiming at fostering physics teaching in middle schools. Other programmes, like the High-School Students Internship Programme (HSSIP) have passed their pilot phase and are currently being evaluated to derive possible future formats. All activities of the team are supported by Physics Education Research (PER).

As the manager of school and students projects you will:

  • Coordinate the Beamline for Schools competition as Programme Manager, which includes the overall organisation of the competition and the stay of the winning teams in close collaboration with the Technical Coordinator and the Support Scientists.
  • Manage CERN’s contribution to the main phase of the HOP project implementing learnings from its pilot phase.
  • Empirically evaluate past and present programmes for school students to actively contribute to the Physics Education Research within the team.
  • Develop CERN’s future high school student programmes, based on an approved proposal.
  • Contribute to the Open Science initiative at CERN.

Qualifications/skills required

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have a Master’s degree and between 2 and 6 years’ experience or PhD with up to 3 years of relevant experience in science education or other related fields.
  • 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.
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience in physics education; experience in particle physics is an asset.
  • Experience in communicating science to diverse audiences including young learners aged 5-19 years.
  • Experience with enquiry-based learning approaches.
  • Experience in science education research.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team within a large international organisation.
  • Fast learner capable of rapidly and effectively grasping new concepts.

This vacancy is within the CERN Graduate Programme – Project Graduates (Quest).

The expected start date of the post is 01.09.2023.

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

Please send us your application by 23.01.2023.