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 mission

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
Roman Bauer, Fons Rademakers BioDynaMo
Alberto Di Meglio CERN Living Lab 
Alberto Di Meglio, Tim Smith CERN Science for Open Data
Alberto Di Meglio Circular Health
Rafal Kulaga Data analytics for industrial controls and monitoring
Eric Grancher and Eva Dafonte Perez Data analytics in the cloud
Alberto Di Meglio, Sofia Vallecorsa Early detection of Parkinson's disease
Luca Mascetti EOS productisation
Maria Girone and Sofia Vallecorsa Evaluation of Power CPU architecture for deep learning
Emilio Meschi, Paola Sala, Maria Girone Exploring accelerated machine learning for experiment data analytics
Sofia Vallecorsa Fast detector simulation
Alberto Di Meglio Future technologies for medical Linacs (SmartLINAC)
Giovanna Lehmann Miotto High-performance distributed caching technologies (DAQDB)
Sofia Vallecorsa Humanitarian AI applications for satellite imagery
Viktor Kozlovzky Hybrid disaster-recovery solution using public cloud
Ricardo Manuel Brito da Rocha Kubernetes and Google Cloud
Rafal Kulaga Next Generation Archiver for WinCC OA
Manuel Martin Marquez, Sébastien Masson Oracle Cloud technologies for data analytics on industrial control systems
Eva Dafonte Perez, Eric Grancher Oracle Management Cloud
Antonio Nappi Oracle WebLogic on Kubernetes
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum computing for simulation: investigating quantum generative adversarial networks and quantum random number generators
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum graph neural networks
Koji Terashi (University of Tokyo) Quantum machine learning for supersymmetry searches
Sofia Vallecorsa Quantum optimisation for grid computing
Sau-Lan Wu, Ivano Tavernelli, Sofia Vallecorsa, Alberto Di Meglio Quantum support vector machines for Higgs boson classification
Alberto Di Meglio SmartANOMALY
Sofia Vallecorsa SmartANOMALY Spikefall
Maria Girone Testbed for GPU-accelerated applications
Sofia Vallecorsa TPUs for deep learning

Available jobs

Junior Communications Officer

Interested in science communication 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 technology companies? If so, then apply now for 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 computing 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 computing 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, Micron and Google) to drive innovation in computing technologies.

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic person to join CERN openlab’s communications team for one year, starting on 1 December 2022. 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/zhL8.

The selected candidate will work to communicate CERN openlab’s work to a wide range of audiences. Tasks will include: working on public reports produced by CERN openlab, 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’. 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 also not a requirement. The selected candidate will work in CERN openlab’s compact management team, based in CERN’s IT department.

Applications close at 12 noon CEST on Monday 1 August: http://cern.ch/go/zhL8.


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.