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CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and where the Higgs
particle was discovered by two of the major LHC experiments, the ATLAS
and CMS collaborations. The laboratory hosts ground-breaking experiments
and is at the heart of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). This is
a place like no other where dizzying IT challenges abound!
Located just outside Geneva, straddling the border between
Switzerland and France, CERN explores what matter is made of and what
holds it together by accelerating particles to a fraction under the
speed of light and then smashing them together. CERN is home to the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 km circumference accelerator buried
50-175 m below ground. After two years of intense maintenance and
consolidation, the LHC was restarted in April 2015, and has since
reached higher energy levels than ever before. The CERN Data Centre
stores more than 30 petabytes of data per year from the LHC experiments,
the equivalent of about 1.2 million Blu-ray discs (i.e. 250 years of HD
video). Today, over 120 petabytes of data are permanently archived on
CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership, first
established in 2001, 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
In 2015, a new three-year CERN openlab phase was launched. This
tackles ambitious challenges covering the most critical needs of IT
infrastructures in domains such as:
• Data Acquisition
• Computing Platforms
• Data Storage Architectures
• Compute Provisioning and Management
• Networks and Communication
• Data Analytics
By joining the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme, you will work
with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how
advanced IT solutions are used in high energy physics. You will have the
opportunity to attend a series of lectures
developed for the CERN openlab Summer Students, given by IT experts on
advanced CERN-related topics. Included in the programme are also visits at the CERN facilities and experiments as well as other research laboratories and companies.
The CERN openlab Summer Student Programme is much more than just a
summer at CERN. It can lead to follow-on projects in your home
institute. It may even inspire you to become an entrepreneur in
cutting-edge computing technologies!
Who should apply?
Bachelor or master students having completed (by the summer of
attending) at least three years of full-time studies at university level
in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, interested in
working on advanced IT projects for two full months (nine weeks) during
the period June-September 2016 are welcome to apply.
How to apply?
The application must be submitted to www.cern.ch/jobs/join-us/cern-openlab-student-programme (link is external)
by 28 February 2016 with the following documents attached to it: the
applicant’s CV, recommendation letter(s) by university supervisor(s), a
motivation letter with an indication of the preferred area of work, and
the university declaration for the current year. Incomplete applications
will not be considered. Replies to applicants will be sent out by the
end of April 2016.
A stipend of 90 CHF per day during contractual dates (generally 61
days) is sponsored by CERN and the CERN openlab industrial members and
should cover accommodation and living costs during the nine-week stay.
Students are covered by the CERN health and accident insurance scheme,
and are offered a travel allowance on a lump sum basis.
Several projects and groups at CERN will host CERN openlab Summer
Students. Examples of projects that students undertook in the past years
• Porting a Java-based Brain Simulation Software to C++
• Performance study of detector alignment software
• Evaluating the performance of Seagate Kinetic technology and its integration with EOS
• Upgrading the Huawei Cloud Storage Benchmark to make it compatible with ROOT6
• Archiving OpenStack cloud volumes
• Processing of the WLCG job monitoring data using ElasticSearch
A report on the work carried out is to be handed in at the end of the
stay. The CERN openlab Summer Students are also given the opportunity
to present their work at dedicated lightning talks’ events.