It would be great to work at CERN. I've already given a try, but unsuccessfully... Today I received the bad news: "application unsuccessful for a Fellowship ". Better luck next time!
it is a pleasure to tell about my personal story at CERN.
I started my career at CERN in 1997 just at the end of my 5th year of university, as a Technical Student. The idea was to use one year of work on the optimization of the thermo-mechanical design of parts the LHC cryomagnets, to prepare my Master’s degree thesis.
Once I got my degree, fascinated by CERN, I decided to stay longer.
From 1998, I collaborated with the CMS and TOTEM experiments, where I was in charge of mechanical design, development of innovative welding techniques and other challenging engineering matters.
In 2001 I started working in the OH&S department, as a mechanical safety engineer, reviewing projects and evaluating engineering files and technical specifications.
In 2003, I was asked to work on OH&S and environmental management.
Today I am responsible for the OHS&E management system of CERN, for OHS&E audits and for the preparation of the OHS&E regulations of the Organization.
First of all, I'm sorry for being so late, but I've been very busy once back to Italy both because of relatives/friends and because I graduated for my master at the end of December.
About my background, I have to admit that it's not really related with CERN research, but I'm really attracted by almost any challenge coming from over-the-top technology. I'm an Aerospace Engineer, now with master degree with Space specialization, from Politecnico di Milano. I thought I could work at CERN in fields such as thermal control, fluid dynamics, structure analysis, system engineering, and computing. I tried to apply for fellowship counting especially on my good (not excellent at all) experience as C/C++ and Matlab programmer.
At the moment I'm still looking for a job and I think I'll try again to apply for fellowships at CERN next time.