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Traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN

Call for Expression of Interest for traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN - 2019

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  • Deadline for applications: 30 November 2019, 5pm (Lisbon time)


Under the Agreement between FCT and CERN, for on-the-job traineeships at this International Organization, FCT announces that the call for expression of interest for traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN (BEST Fellowships, art. 10 of the National Rules) is open until 30 November 2019, 5pm (Lisbon time).


Advanced training of young Portuguese graduates in large International Scientific Organisation such as CERN in areas where the competence of this organisation is worldwide known.

Applications with major relevance to Portugal are valued, appropriate namely to the thematic areas indicated by the industry, to the experiences and to the programs in which Portugal participates.

Candidates with relevant professional or scientific activity will also be valorized after completing their academic training.


Traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN are for candidates with bachelor's degree or master's degree - obtained less than 6 years ago - and a doctorate degree - less than 3 years ago - in scientific and technological fields, where CERN's competence is internationally recognized.

Eligibility Conditions

This call for expressions of interest supports BEST traineeships (art. 10 of the National Rules). The duration of the traineeship is annual, renewable up to a maximum of two years, upon approval by FCT.
Each candidate must indicate in order of preference the training opportunities to which they apply.
Applicants must be fluent in English.


Fellowship for International Scientific and Technological Organisations (BEST), with the following components:

Monthly amount* Travel Accommodation Insurance
1464,36 € (Bachlor's Degree);
1726,93 € (Masters);
2267,23 € (Phds)
300 € (Europe);
600 € (Outside Europe)
1000 € Personal Accidents;

You can find here some useful information about accommodation and transport where the traineeships take place.
(*) CERN will provide to each FCT intern a supplement to the Monthly Allowance to raise the totoal sum to CHF 4156 /month.

Expression of interest period

The period of expression of interest by potential candidates for traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN runs until 30 November 2019, 5 pm (Lisbon time).


Applications will be evaluated by an Evaluation Panel, composed by representatives of the industry and the national scientific community.

Pedro Abreu, LIP Outreach Activities Coordinator and Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico

José Oliveira Santos, Tactilis Ltd. Administrator and Business Consultant
Patrícia Gonçalves, LIP Space Projects Coordinator and Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico
Paulo Gomes, CERN Staff - CERN Management Liaison for Portugal

All the procedures that will guide the evaluation can be found in the Evaluation Guide for this call. Consult here the Evaluation Guide.

Training Opportunities

The 2019 call to traineeships for Associate Engineers at CERN provides 8 traineeships. Consult here the list of training opportunities.

Submission of applications

Applications must be submitted here The form must include the following documents:

  • CV in English in Europass format
  • Certificates
  • Motivation letter(s) in English (one letter per selected training opportunity)
  • Certificate of residency in Portugal

Applications must be submitted online via the link up to 5pm (Lisbon time), 30 November 2019.
The files for the application process must be named using the applicant's first name and surname. Files should preferably be presented in PDF format.

João_Silva_carta(s).pdf (one per selected training opportunity)

Any queries about the call or the submission process should be sent to the e-mail