Computing Fellowship: Full-Stack Software Engineer
European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN)
CERN
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
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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 http://home.cern.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

We are working on INSPIRE, a trusted community hub that helps researchers to share and find accurate scholarly information.

You will be part of an agile team working in the CERN Scientific Information Service Group. We are using mostly the Python programming language with Flask, Celery, PostgreSQL, and ElasticSearch on the back-end and ReactJS on the front-end. As part of our work you will be also contributing to open-source projects and collaborate with CERN Information Technology Department.

You will contribute to the development and operation of the INSPIRE service, a live system with millions of users every year, with high throughput REST APIs, and a state-of-the-art UX. This will consist of working closely with our collaborators from 6 international institutions to design, develop, and deploy services and tools strive to help researchers throughout their career, from idea generation, project building, establishing collaborations, publishing results of any kind (from data, code, slides to the preprints and published articles), and then, in parallel, finding, posting and applying for jobs. There are many challenges and opportunities that are bound to match some of your engineering interests and strengths!

Qualifications

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc level in computer science,engineering or another relevant course) and have no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your degree;
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Essential skills and experience:

  • You have experience in developing production-level web services using the Python programming language;
  • You have experience with front-end development;
  • You value learning and sharing knowledge with colleagues, following best open-source collaborative practices and egoless programming;
  • You are passionate about software development and building and evolving robust, secure, well-tested software components and tools;
  • You enjoy working in an agile software development team building practical solutions in close collaboration with users and international partner.

Desired technical skills:

  • Professional experience in one or more of the following would be an asset: relational and document-based databases (PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch), front-end development (ReactJS), container technologies (Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift).

Please note that CERN Staff members are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.

In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract for between six months (minimum) up to a maximum of 36 months.
  • A stipend ranging from 5,281 to 6,558 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva.
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Your Life @CERN

Find out more here: https://hr.web.cern.ch/life-cern

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV.
  • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification.

We recommend to add two recent letters of recommendation, giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

All applications should reach us no later than 30 September 2020.

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.