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
Federico Carminati Code modernisation: fast simulation
Eric Van Herwijnen Conditions database for the SHiP experiment
Luca Mascetti EOS productisation
Tony Cass Extreme Flow Optimizer
Fons Rademakers GeneROOT
Olof Bärring and Niko Neufeld High-throughput computing collaboration
Fernando Varela Industrial control and monitoring
Maria Girone and Luca Canali Intel big-data analytics
Tim Bell OpenStack clouds
Tim Bell OpenStack containers
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Oracle big-data analytics
Eva Dafonte Perez and Katarzyna Maria Dziedziniewicz-Wojcik Oracle cloud
Artur Wiecek Oracle WebLogic on Kubernetes
Olof Bärring RapidIO for data acquisition
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez REST services, JavaScript, and JVM performance
Andrey Ustyuzhanin Yandex data popularity and anomaly detection

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 2019. 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/7tDF.

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 advantageous, but is not a requirement.

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/7tDF. The deadline is 22 October 2018. Please be sure to mention in your application that you are interested in the role of ‘CERN openlab junior communications officer’.




PhD Studentship

PhD Studentship in the School of Computing - Computational Biology - Computational Modelling of Cryopreservation of Biological Tissue, Newcastle University, UK

Number of awards: 1 

Start date and duration: Ideally November 2018 for three years. 

Application closing date: 30 September 2018. 


Interested in computers as well as biology? Then this project might be what you are looking for! The aim is to use novel software and high-performance computers to model how biological tissue behaves during freezing and thawing. 

Cryopreservation of biological tissue is in its infancy. State-of-the-art freezing and thawing techniques lead to tissue damage in anything larger than 1-3 mm3. Above-freezing storage times of human organs range from approximately 3 to 24 hours - depending on organ - before becoming unviable. This lack of preservation capacity results in 2/3 of donor hearts and 4/5 of lungs being rejected for transplant for logistical reasons. 

By improving our knowledge of how cryogenic processing affects biological tissue, new methodologies for cryogenic processing will be studied. To this end, you will work together with experts in the field, learn to incorporate the results in detailed 3D computer simulations, and produce novel hypotheses that will generate better methodologies. 

This project will enable you to gain highly interdisciplinary skills. You will be supervised by a multidisciplinary team comprising computational biologists and experimental researchers. You will be based at Newcastle University, and also collaborate with computer scientists at CERN to learn the usage and extension of a novel software platform called BioDynaMo (https://biodynamo.web.cern.ch). Moreover, you will participate at weekly lab meetings of the supervisory team, and present your findings at international conferences and scientific journals. 

Sponsor: School of Computing (https://bit.ly/2Prmj0o

Name of supervisor(s): Dr Roman Bauer (https://bit.ly/2Mqmlb6) (School of Computing), Professor Marcus Kaiser (School of Computing). 

Eligibility criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related subject. 


How to apply 

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please choose ‘Apply now’ (https://bit.ly/2PslTaj). 

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to: 
•insert the programme code 8050F in the programme of study section 
•select ‘PhD Computer Science (Full Time) Bioinformatics (Computing)’ as the programme of study 
•insert the studentship code COMP009 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code COMP009 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project 
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications. 

You should also send your covering letter and CV by email to computing.pg@newcastle.ac.uk.


Funding notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).


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.