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My winning proposal: Letting ideas collide

An open mind and an independent streak are critical attributes for Cern’s senior research fellows

Top tips

  • A willingness to learn and collaborate is more important than a specific research proposal.
  • Senior fellows are expected to work independently so should have some prior postdoctoral experience.
  • Making yourself known in your field on the conference circuit can give you an advantage.
  • Make sure your publication record is in the same league as those of existing fellows.

The chance to work at probably the most famous physics laboratory in the world puts postdoctoral fellowships at Cern firmly in the ‘dream job’ category for many early-career physicists.

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