Architect (SCE-SAM-TG-2024-65-LD)

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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

Job Description


Are you an Architect with design expertise, project management skills and interest in sustainable development? Do you enjoy achieving high-quality results? Then, make your contribution to exciting and dynamic construction projects at CERN’s sites in Switzerland and France, within the most unique particle physics laboratory in the world: CERN. Take part!


As an Architect, you will be responsible for the design of new construction and renovation projects, from the initial conceptual study to final delivery to end-users. The objective is to create architecturally captivating and environmentally friendly buildings and spaces that foster a sense of belonging and satisfaction for the CERN community, now and in the future.

You will:

  • Provide architectural guidance and expertise across various services, advising on designs, technical aspects, and regulatory compliance for tertiary and industrial buildings, and urban development.
  • Develop innovative urban strategies for the campus, focusing on outdoor spaces, biodiversity, and sustainable mobility.
  • Prepare detailed architectural plans, drawings, and 3D models in-house, ensuring precision and compliance with project requirements, design standards, and regulations.
  • Define new architectural strategies for CERN’s real estate, establishing policies and standards to enhance workplace efficiency and attractiveness.
  • Conduct feasibility studies, master planning, and design projects with a focus on Universal Design principles for accessibility. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to integrate technology and safety measures.
  • Develop project management plans and oversee architectural aspects of project execution.
  • Coordinate procurement processes, budgets, and activities for architectural and engineering services, ensuring financial oversight.
  • Manage administrative procedures, including building permit applications, and coordinate interfaces between external designers, contractors, and internal stakeholders.


Master’s degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of architecture or architectural engineering or a related field.


We are seeking a visionary architect, passionate about pushing boundaries and bringing fresh perspectives to architectural projects, with:

  • Significant post-graduate experience in designing and executing industrial and tertiary buildings, including offices, laboratories, classrooms, auditoria, and restaurants.
  • Proven experience in space planning, creating interior solutions for new and renovated workplaces. Design, development, and delivery of innovative interior and exterior environments.
  • Proven experience with building service engineers (MEP, IT, Fire Detection, etc.) to integrate technology, equipment and safety into the project design.
  • Proven experience in coordinating procurement procedures, cost estimation, and design management.
  • Proven experience in the use of Revit, AutoCAD 2D and 3D, and knowledge of several different 3D software packages.

The following will be considered as an asset:

  • Experience of working with international and multi-cultural teams, EN and SIA construction standards.
  • Experience of sustainable buildings, incorporating enhanced insulation, low energy HVAC systems, renewable energy and low carbon materials (e.g. mass timber).
  • Experience as a developer or as an owner’s or client’s representative.

Technical competencies:

  • Design of civil and industrial buildings, including environmentally friendly tertiary buildings
  • Interior design
  • Landscaping
  • Urban planning
  • Project management
  • Design drawings with Revit and Autocad

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations; driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Communicating effectively: demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively; expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements being able to deal with ambiguous or unpredictable situations; readily absorbing new techniques and working practices; proposing new or improved ways of working.
  • Managing self: remaining objective, focussed and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems; taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen; appreciating humour and defusing tensions by seeking to remain positive in all situations.
  • Solving problems: anticipating obstacles; assessing alternative solutions in order to have a fall-back plan; 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.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

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 our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than June 13th 2024 at 23.59 CEST.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: SCE-SAM-TG-2024-65-LD

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