Indefinite Contract

The procedure hereunder describes the process in view of the award of an indefinite contract.

The limited duration to indefinite contract exercise (LD2IC exercise) is held once per year.
Vacancy Notices (VNs) are published during summer and CERN Contract Review Boards (CCRBs) are held in autumn.


The applicable procedure in view of the award of an indefinite contract is defined in Administrative Circular No. 2 (rev.7).


The procedure involves the department in which the indefinite contract post is opened, the Human Resources Advisers (HRAs) and the Panel for the award of an indefinite contract (CCRB Panel members). CCRB Panel Members are proposed by the Department Heads and appointed by the Director-General.

The process is coordinated by the HR Frontline group.


All staff members

  • still holding a limited duration contract on 31 December of the year concerned,
  • having successfully completed their probation period at the end of the Vacancy Notice publication,
  • applying for a post of an equal or higher grade and corresponding to a benchmark job covering the same grade span or a higher grade span.

Please consult the Benchmark jobs list.


Pursuant to the principles of the CERN Code of Conduct, the process must be conducted in strict confidentiality. This implies that information shall not be disclosed to anyone outside the CCRB panel carrying out the assessment for a given post.

Documentation and key resources


Example for a reference of the candidate

The CERN Competency Model

Specific information regarding the current LD2IC exercise

List of posts opened in view of the award of indefinite contracts (link updated as soon as the information is available).

Preliminary boards dates for the current year (link updated as soon as the information is available; may be subject to change).

The contract review boards (interviews with the candidates) take place from September to November.

Candidates are expected to be available during this period.

VN publication (page updated on Monday 3 August).

The vacancy notices for posts opened in view of the award of an indefinite contract are published on 1st August 2019 and closed on 31 August 2020 at noon (12:00 pm Geneva time). No application will be accepted after this deadline.

Eligible candidates may apply, at their own initiative, for any IC posts for which they are qualified anywhere in the Organization.

In addition to their application form, the candidates will be asked to provide

  • a detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae and
  • 2 references.

If you are experiencing problems, you may contact the CCRB team or the Service Desk for help.

Information sessions for candidates (link to the presentation) are organised on the following dates

Date Time Location Language
Thursday 16 July 14:00 – 15:30
Meeting: 929 6859 5368 - code: 669954
Monday 20 July 14:00 – 15:30
meeting: 939 7100 4880 - code: 11346
Tuesday 28 July 14:00 – 15:30
Meeting: 965 429 8802 - code: 798256
Tuesday 11 August 10:30 – 12:00
Meeting : 931 2522 9428 - code : 726809
Tuesday 18 August 14:00 – 15:30
Meeting: 965 429 8802 - code: 409218