Postdoctoral positions

The CERN-TH has openings for multiple CERN Fellowships (postdoctoral positions) each year. Please check here to apply and get more detailed eligibility information. In summary:

  • For nationals from member states, we expect the application deadline to be in early September, 2019 for fellowships starting in 2020 (apply for Senior Research Fellowship Programme: Theoretical & Experimental Physics).
  • For nationals of other countries, there are non-member state fellowships. The we expect the deadline to be in  October, 2019 for fellowships starting in 2020 (apply for Non-Member State Postdoc Fellowship Programme (Theoretical Physics)).

CERN-TH Fellowships are normally awarded for a two years and exceptionally for three years. On average the number of CERN-TH Fellows present in the member and non-member categories is about 27 and 4, respectively.

Fellow contracts usually start in the autumn of a given year (October).

The Theory Division also hosts other Fellows who are paid through external sources (Marie-Curie Fellows, Fellows supported by ERC grants, special national programmes, etc.). While it is possible to have such a fellowship and subsequently a CERN fellowship or vice versa, the total time spent as a fellow at CERN may not exceed three years.

Please keep in mind the early (late August or early September) deadline for member-state postdocs: almost every year we have a number of good but late applicants who cannot be considered. Unfortunately these deadlines lie beyond our control. While the CERN-wide fellowships also have openings with a March deadline, those openings do not include any theory fellowships.

Our offers (for member state postdocs) are usually sent out early, however CERN-TH has signed the agreement on the "Theoretical High Energy Physics Groups Common Deadline for Postdoc Offers". This means that no postdoc is pressed to commit herself/himself before Jan 7 of the following year. 


We welcome applications for EU Marie-Curie Fellowships. Such applications require a letter of acceptance from us prior to the application. We will apply the same standards for Marie-Curie and CERN fellows and therefore acceptance is not automatic. If you wish to apply with us for a Marie Curie fellowship you will need to inform us several months before the EU deadline so we can assess the applications.


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