Theoretical Physicist (TH-SP-2024-5-IC)

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    2 months ago
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Job Description


The CERN Theoretical Physics Department (CERN-TH) is seeking to fill a permanent research staff position. We are looking for outstanding researchers with internationally recognised leadership in any area of theoretical particle physics, broadly defined, but special attention will be paid to candidates active in lattice gauge theory. The position is devoted to full-time research. CERN-TH has substantial stable research funding at its disposal, systematically attracts a large number of top theorists on a range of positions, and has an active programme of visiting scientists and topical workshops.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to its success.

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  • Develop research of outstanding scientific quality in areas of theoretical physics of relevance to the CERN Theory Department.
  • Guide an active research group and mentor young researchers.
  • Contribute to all aspects of the scientific environment of the Theory Department, to its management and strategic choices.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of PhD / Doctorate in theoretical physics, or equivalent. or a related field.

Experience and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated excellence and leadership in physics research.
  • High capacity for innovation and potential for making a significant medium to long-term contribution to the scientific programme of the Organization.

Technical competencies:

  • Development of models, theories underlying what is observed in nature
  • Knowledge of theoretical particle physics

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving Results:
  • Solving Problems:
  • Building Relationships:
  • Working in Teams:
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge:
  • Communicating Effectively:
  • Creating Vision and Strategic Partnerships:
  • Leading with Strength and Credibility:

Language skills:

Good knowledge of English: ability to understand and speak the language in professional contexts as well as the ability to write publications and official communications and to make oral presentations.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

At a later stage, where required, the holder of an indefinite contract may have to undertake special working hours, as well as work in Radiation Areas.

The holder of an indefinite contract is expected to progress in this initial assignment or in other domains as required for the fulfilment of the Organization’s mission.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Indefinite contract.

Additional information

The recruitment procedure consists of a highly selective process and may involve scientific discussions with senior theoreticians, giving a seminar, as well as investigations by a dedicated Search Committee and the approval of the final nomination by the Director-General.

In order to review and evaluate your application optimally, the Search Committee will research your work independently. You are therefore not required to, but may choose to, submit the following in support of your application:

  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A list of 10 most important publications indicating where you have been a principal contributor or a co-author.
  • A covering letter giving your research interests and plans.
  • Up to three names of referees who may be contacted by the Search Committee.

Please note:

  • Our online application system is a commercial platform which only allows for alphanumeric values. Attachments may therefore provide you with a greater freedom of expression.
  • Should you have any difficulties in applying through our system, please contact Laetitia Breavoine ([email protected])

Eligibility and closing date

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success.

A review of potential candidates will begin 1st May, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

Nominations are also welcome and can be sent to [email protected]

All information will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: indefinite duration

Job grade:


Job reference: TH-SP-2024-5-IC

Benchmark Job Title: Theoretical Physicist

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