Knowledge Transfer Officer for Medical Applications

  • Full-time

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Job Description

Are you interested in increasing impact from publicly funded basic research to the world of healthcare? Are you passionate about supporting researchers to accelerate the transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge to industry and society? If so, then CERN is looking for you!

Within CERN’s Knowledge Transfer (KT) Group, you will be responsible for the dissemination toward healthcare and MedTech of a number of CERN technologies related to the three key domains of particle detectors, particle accelerators and computing. You will also be responsible for the KT aspects of a number of CERN projects in the field of medical applications and for the follow-up of CERN’s budget for Medical Applications. You will also take up the role of Scientific Secretary of the CERN Medical Applications Project Forum, which gathers CERN experts working on medical applications of CERN technologies , and you will have the responsibility of planning and organising the forum meetings.

You will join the Medical Applications (MA) Strategy Support team of the KT Group, where you will:

  • liaise with CERN scientists and inventors to understand their technology and its potential uses in the fields of healthcare and MedTech, propose the most appropriate dissemination strategy, promote the technology to external partners;
  • support the setting up of R&D collaboration agreements, licensing contracts, consultancy agreements, including addressing issues related to costing and Intellectual Property management;
  • liaise with financial officers to manage CERN’s budget for Medical Applications, collect and keep updated the necessary information to track the progress and impact of projects supported by this budget;
  • actively follow-up the progress of a number of medical applications-related projects by liaising with the technical project leaders, manage the KT aspects of these projects (such as Intellectual Property, dissemination);
  • act as Scientific Secretary of the CERN Medical Applications Project Forum, which gathers CERN experts working on medical applications of CERN technologies; plan and organise the forum meetings.


Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State;
  • You have a Master’s degree and between 2 and 6 years’ experience or PhD with up to 3 years of relevant experience in the field of engineering, computer science, or physics related to particle accelerators or detectors or other related field;
  • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

Essential skills and/or experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of at least one technical field related to CERN hardware and/or software technologies and know-how;
  • Ability to grasp the essential information about complex technologies and to understand their applicability to fields outside particle physics, better yet if in the medical domain;
  • Ability to follow complex projects with many stakeholders internally and externally;
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills;
  • Ability in prioritising and independently executing tasks;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, in particular MS Excel;
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)

Desired skills and experience:

  • Good level of French;
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields would be an asset: innovation management, knowledge and technology promotion, management of Intellectual Property in the framework of licensing activities and collaborative R&D, software licensing;
  • Experience with managing administrative and financial follow-up of projects would be an asset.

Additional Information

What we offer: 

  • An employment contract of in principle 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months;
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6050 and 6650 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: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract;
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.

 How to 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.

The earliest expected start date for selected candidates is May 2023.

Ready to take part? Then please submit your application by 23 January 2023 at  midnight (12.00 AM CEST). 

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