Who are we?

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership that works to accelerate the development of cutting-edge ICT solutions for the worldwide LHC community and wider scientific research. Through CERN openlab, CERN collaborates with leading ICT companies and research institutes.

Within this framework, CERN provides access to its complex ICT infrastructure and its engineering experience — in some cases even extended to collaborating institutes worldwide. Testing in CERN’s demanding environment provides the ICT industry collaborators with valuable feedback on their products, while enabling CERN to assess the merits of new technologies in their early stages of development for possible future use. This framework also offers a neutral ground for carrying out advanced research-and-development activities with more than one company. Find out more in our FAQs.

Our history

In 2016, CERN openlab celebrated its 15th anniversary. Read this opinion piece from the CERN Director-General to find out more about the key role CERN openlab has played in making the world-leading physics research carried out at CERN possible.

Since its foundation in 2001, CERN openlab has run in successive three-year phases. In 2018, CERN openlab began its sixth three-year phase. In preparation for this, we published a white paper identifying future ICT challenges in scientific research. You can also find out more about CERN openlab’s previous phases on our old website.


Our collaborators

We are proud to introduce you to the leading ICT companies and research organisations with whom we are collaborating.

Read our brochure to find out more about how you can work with us.




Research members

Project coordinators

Each project team within CERN openlab is supervised by a member of CERN staff. These project coordinators also act as a liaison between CERN and the company collaborating in the project. At monthly review meetings, the project coordinators update the CERN management team on the progress of projects, thus ensuring timely follow-up of any issues that may arise.

Project coordinators Project title
Fons Rademakers BioDynaMo
Daniel van der Ster and Tim Bell Cloud Storage
Federico Carminati Code modernisation
Fernando Varela Data analytics for industrial controls and monitoring
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Data analytics in the cloud
Luca Mascetti EOS productisation
Maria Girone and Federico Carminati Evaluation of Power CPU architecture for deep learning
Tony Cass Extreme Flow Optimizer
Federico Carminati Fast simulation
Giovanna Lehmann Miotto High-performance cloud caching technologies
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Infrastructure monitoring and automation of resource deployment
Luca Canali, Maria Girone, Eric Grancher Intel big-data analytics
Alberto Di Meglio Living lab
Fernando Varela NextGeneration Archiver for WinCC OA
Tim Bell OpenStack clouds
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Oracle cloud technologies for data analytics on industrial control systems
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Oracle Management Cloud
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Oracle WebLogic on Kubernetes
Federico Carminati Quantum computing for high-energy physics
Alberto Di Meglio Smart platforms for science

Available jobs

CERN openlab Summer Student Programme 2020

Are you a bachelor's or master's student in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or physics? Do you have a strong computing profile, and would be interested in working on advanced ICT projects at CERN during summer 2020? If so, we have just the solution for you... the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme.

CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership that accelerates the development of cutting-edge solutions for the worldwide LHC community and wider scientific research. Through CERN openlab, CERN collaborates with leading ICT companies and research institutes.

Over nine weeks (June-August 2020), the CERN openlab summer students will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies, and see how advanced ICT solutions are used in high-energy physics. The students will also attend a series of lectures prepared for them by ICT experts at CERN, in addition to the main lecture series for CERN summer students. Visits to the accelerators and experimental areas are included in the programme, as well as trips to other research laboratories and companies.

CERN is a place where dizzying ICT challenges abound. The CERN openlab Summer Student Programme may lead to follow-on projects in your home institute, or it may even inspire you to become an entrepreneur in cutting-edge ICT.

Apply by 31 January and open a world of possibilities!


If you’ve previously worked with us and would like to stay in touch, we encourage you to join our group on the CERN alumni platform.