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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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The on-line isotope mass separator ISOLDE is a facility dedicated to the production of a large variety of radioactive ion beams for many different experiments in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and Life Sciences. The facility is located at the Proton-Synchrotron Booster (PSB) at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It is operated by the ISOLDE collaboration, whose present members are Belgium, CERN, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The relation between CERN and the ISOLDE collaboration is specified in a Memorandum of Understanding from 2017 (following those in 1993, 2007 and 2012).


As Leader of the Isolde Physics Group, you will:

  • Run the ISOLDE Physics Group in its day-to-day activities.

  • Act as spokesperson for the ISOLDE collaboration.

  • Liaise with CERN management for matters concerning ISOLDE and more generally RIB Physics.

  • Liaise with the CERN technical teams in charge of daily operation of the facility.

  • Represent CERN in contracts involving ISOLDE.

  • Follow-up and promote projects regarding the upgrade of the ISOLDE facility, such as the EPIC project.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Nuclear Physics or a related field.


  • Demonstrate an outstanding research record in low energy nuclear physics using radioactive isotopes.

  • Track record in research leadership position(s).

  • Demonstrated experience with leading radioactive beam experiments in Europe or worldwide.

  • Having worked at the ISOLDE facility and/or knowing some of its physics program would an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Organisation, planning and control.

  • Project Management.

  • Knowledge of nuclear physics and/or nuclear applications.

  • Knowledge of beam production techniques.

Behavioural competencies:

  •  Managing self.

  • Demonstrating flexibility.

  • Optimising resources.

  • Communicating effectively.

  • Solving problems.

  • Building relationships.

  • Setting direction.

  • Leading with strength and credibility.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations.

  • Ability to understand and speak French will be an advantage.

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 30.09.2020.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years).

These functions require:

  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

  • Work in Radiation Areas, when required by the needs of the Organization.

If you hold a tenured position in your home institute, you will need their approval to take leave.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-SME-2020-77-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Research Physicist

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