Indefinite Contract

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

The limited duration to indefinite contract (LD2IC) process 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 People eXperience and Engagement group.


Staff members

  • 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 period,
  • 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,
  • who are Member State nationals.

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


Reference template for the candidate

CERN Competency Model

Specific information regarding the current LD2IC exercise

List of posts opened in view of the award of indefinite contracts will be published soon online at:

The contract review boards (interviews with the candidates) will take place from September to November. Candidates are expected to be available during this period. Preliminary boards dates will be added to the website in a few weeks.

The vacancy notices for posts opened in view of the award of an indefinite contract will be published on 1 August 2022 and closed on 31 August 2022 at noon (12:00 pm Geneva time) on the same website. No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

Eligible candidates may apply, at their own initiative, for any indefinite contract (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 
  • a motivational statement together with a description of their current functions
  • 2 references, and 
  • their last three performance reports (MERIT and/or probation reports), if they are shortlisted.

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

Information sessions for candidates are organised (and recorded), you will find the dates for the LD2IC 2022 below:

Date Time Location Language
Monday 18 July 10:00 – 11:30
Tuesday 19 July 14:00 – 15:30
Tuesday 16 August 10:00 – 11:30