Project Graduate: Exhibition Developer

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 developing innovative experiences for visitors?

Join the CERN Exhibition team as an Exhibition Developer!

CERN has an opening for a Project Graduate in the Exhibitions (EXH) section in the Education, Communications and Outreach (ECO) group in the International Relations (IR) sector.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to develop content for multiple projects including new visit itineraries, a redesign of CERN's travelling exhibition and exhibitions marking CERN's 70th anniversary.

CERN's exhibition team (IR-ECO-EXH) curates three permanent exhibitions at Science Gateway, taking visitors behind the scenes at CERN and telling the story of our universe, with hands-on experimentation for age 8 and up. The team also develops exhibits for guided visit itineraries at 10 locations across the CERN site and also CERN's travelling exhibitions.
The team is the focal point for exchanges with external museums working on CERN-related content and regularly offers objects for loan from CERN's Heritage Collection.

Sustainability is built into the tendering process for all new projects and accessibility is at the heart of what we do.


As a member of CERN’s exhibitions team, you will carry out the following tasks:

  • Develop creative content for CERN’s exhibitions:  researching stories through interaction with the scientific community.
  • Contribute to the conception, prototyping, testing and production of exhibits for integration throughout CERN exhibition spaces, participate in evaluation of exhibit content with relevant audience groups.
  • Write texts for the labels of interactives, objects, multimedia and hands-on experiments.
  • Prepare design and build specifications for tendering and coordinate supply for the creation of new exhibition spaces.   
  • Collaborate with other science centres across member states on CERN-related exhibitions.
  • Document and collect objects for CERN’s Heritage collection.

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 Museum Studies, Science communication or relevant scientific field, or equivalent experience working in a science centre. 
  • 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 be fluent in both English and French.

Essential skills and Experience:

  • An initial physics degree would be an advantage. 
  • Experience developing interactive exhibitions for science centres and working with a broad range of audience groups from primary school level through to adult.
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated experience producing engaging content for non-specialist audiences on topics related to physics, astronomy and related technologies.
  • Familiarity with MS Office obligatory, in addition, initial experience of design software would an advantage.
  • Experience of writing story-lines and developing content for immersive media experiences would be an advantage, as would working with audience groups on inclusivity and universal design.

Behavioural competencies required for this post:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; remaining objective, focused and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Communicating effectively: delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions; checking to ensure that the message has been well understood; expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; demonstrating willingness to alter views when presented with new information; being willing to work on different projects simultaneously.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them; being open to original ideas and creative options by which to address issues; continually driving change by seeking new ways to improve outcomes; recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture.

Language competencies required for the post:

Excellent command of English or French, especially in writing and editing. Good knowledge of the other language (both spoken and written) or the undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

This vacancy is within the CERN Graduate Programme – Experienced Graduates (Quest programme).
The expected start date of the post is October or November 2023.

Application Deadline

Please send us your application by 10.08.2023.

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