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: fast simulation
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

Available jobs

CERN openlab junior communications officer

Interested in communications, marketing, and other related fields? Want to work at one of the world’s leading research organisations, while also gaining experience collaborating with some of the world’s leading ICT companies? If so, then apply now to the position of ‘CERN openlab junior communications officer’.

CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is home to the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron collider (LHC). The ground-breaking discoveries made by researchers working at CERN — such as the discovery of the Higgs boson — would not be possible without having cutting-edge ICT systems in place to help store, distribute and analyse the vast quantities of data produced each year.

In order to ensure that the LHC research community has the ICT tools needed, CERN set up CERN openlab in 2001. CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership, through which CERN works with leading companies such as Intel, Oracle, Siemens, and Huawei to drive innovation in this area.

We’re looking for a talented, enthusiastic person to join CERN openlab’s communications team for one year, starting around 1 February 2020. The position is offered as part of CERN’s Administrative Student Programme. Full details, including eligibility criteria and employment conditions, can be found here: http://cern.ch/go/x6ps.

The selected candidate will work to communicate CERN openlab’s work to a wide range of audiences. Tasks will include: working on CERN openlab’s annual report, producing outreach materials (such as brochures, posters, videos), running the CERN openlab website on a day-to-day basis*, monitoring press coverage of CERN openlab, supporting workshops and other events, helping with CERN openlab’s nine-week summer-student programme, and running our annual summer-student hackathon.

*Our website is run using a content-management system called ‘Drupal 8’. We will provide training to the successful candidate.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in science and communication, good IT skills (competent user of popular software packages for text editing and presentations) a very good level of English (some French is beneficial, but is not a requirement — training will be provided), and excellent attention to detail. Some knowledge of Adobe software packages (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, etc.) would also be very advantageous.

The selected candidate will work in CERN openlab’s compact management team, based in CERN’s IT department.

Please submit your applications via this page: http://cern.ch/go/x6ps. The deadline is 21 October 2019. Please be sure to mention in your application that you are interested in the role of ‘CERN openlab junior communications officer’.


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.