Legal Assistant (DG-LS-2019-127-LD)
European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
Occupations: Legal Affairs
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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

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Do you have proven first class administrative support skills? Are you a service-oriented professional who enjoys being part of a dynamic team? Are you experienced in working in a fast-paced environment, managing a wide variety of confidential matters with accuracy and discretion? CERN, take part!

As part of the Director-General Unit, the Legal Service protects the interests of the Organization in legal matters and ensures that its activities and decisions comply with the applicable legal framework.


As a Legal Assistant in the Legal Service, you will perform duties under the supervision of the Head of Service. In particular, working closely with your colleague in the Legal Service secretariat, you will:

  • Provide personal assistance and administrative support to senior lawyers;
  • Answer and/or direct queries and handle sensitive information appropriately;
  • Ensure written communications from the Legal Service meet an appropriate standard;
  • Prepare, compile, and/or perform final formatting and editing on files, documents and litigation briefs;
  • Optimise the efficiency of the Legal Service processes;
  • Maintain the Legal Service records;
  • Follow up on CERN’s scientific agreements and manage the applicable database;
  • Provide ad hoc administrative support as required for various internal CERN bodies.


Higher administrative diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of administration or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience as an administrative or editorial assistant in an international or multilingual environment.
  • Experience as a legal assistant or paralegal, or in providing ad hoc translations, would be an advantage.

Technical competencies:

  • Preparation and finalisation of an array of documents such as litigation files.
  • Text editing and proof-reading.
  • Secretarial work.
  • Use of office software packages: experience with electronics document. management systems.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English and French: ability to understand and speak both languages in professional contexts as well as the ability to prepare and draft accurate texts in both 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 26.07.2020.

The preferred start date would be in October 2020, depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: DG-LS-2019-127-LD

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About CERN

At an intergovernmental meeting of UNESCO in Paris in December 1951, the first resolution concerning the establishment of a European Council for Nuclear Research (in French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was adopted.Two months later, an agreement was signed establishing the provisional Council – the acronym CERN was born.Today, our understanding of matter goes much deeper than the nucleus, and CERN's main area of research is particle physics. Because of this, the laboratory operated by CERN is often referred to as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

Physicists and engineers at CERN use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – fundamental particles. Subatomic particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives us clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. We want to advance the boundaries of human knowledge by delving into the smallest building blocks of our universe.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 23 member states.