A way back in: the CERN Post-Career Break Fellowship Programme

Have you taken time out for personal reasons from your career in science or engineering? Would you be interested in returning to a scientific career if you could? Application are now open for the CERN Post-Career Break Fellowship Programme!”

Since 2014, CERN has offered a professional opportunity for keen scientific or engineering talent with a common experience: a temporary absence from the field. The way we see it:

You were taking off…

You were in the early days of a profession in science or engineering, or perhaps already steeped in and building up expertise. You were in and were making it, contributing to your field with passion. But then…

You had to take some time…

Perhaps you started a family, perhaps someone in your family needed looking after. Either way, a personal situation called upon you with responsibilities, and for the time being, you had to step aside. But now…

Your’re ready to take a leap again!

Your situation has evolved, we hope for the best! You’re considering returning, more likely you never quite stopped thinking about it. But the way back is a steep climb and we at CERN know that.

That’s why we’ve developed an opportunity to help you on your way. Applications close 3rd of September


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