CERN vs Fermilab: Which is Better for Theoretical Physicists?

In summary, when deciding on a facility to work at as a theoretical physicist, job stability, access to new research, freedom of work in any field, and having better colleagues and technology/equipment are all important criteria to consider. While pay may not be as important, it is comparable to deciding between pitching for the Red Sox or the Yankees in little league. The path to a permanent position in theoretical physics often involves finishing high school, college, graduate school, and one or two postdocs. However, this decision may ultimately depend on factors that are out of one's control and there are many other options besides CERN and Fermilab to consider.
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As a theoretical physicist, what is a better facility to work at? (based on the following criteria)

Job stability
Access to new research
Freedom of work (Any field)
Better colleagues
Better Tech/Equipment
Better pay (not that important)
 
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This is like deciding whether you want to pitch for the Red Sox or the Yankees while still it little league.

Finish high school, then college, then graduate school, then one or two postdocs, and then we will talk.
 
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Vanadium 50 said:
This is like deciding whether you want to pitch for the Red Sox or the Yankees while still it little league.

Finish high school, then college, then graduate school, then one or two postdocs, and then we will talk.
Should I really have two?
also I was wondering if anyone worked there and had reviews but I see what you mean
thanks!
 
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McWonald said:
Should I really have two?
It is very hard to get a permanent position after one postdoc, especially in theoretical physics, especially at CERN and Fermilab.

Anyway, that decision will depend on so many factors, most of them are out of your influence. Don't worry about that now. Also, there is much more than just CERN and Fermilab.
 
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mfb said:
It is very hard to get a permanent position after one postdoc, especially in theoretical physics, especially at CERN and Fermilab.

Anyway, that decision will depend on so many factors, most of them are out of your influence. Don't worry about that now. Also, there is much more than just CERN and Fermilab.

I understand, thanks anyways
 

1. Which institution has more advanced technology, CERN or Fermilab?

Both CERN and Fermilab have state-of-the-art technology for theoretical physicists to conduct their research. However, CERN is known for its Large Hadron Collider, which is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, giving it an edge in terms of technology.

2. Which institution has more funding for theoretical physics research?

CERN and Fermilab are both well-funded institutions and have similar budgets for theoretical physics research. However, CERN is an international organization with member countries contributing to its funding, giving it a larger overall budget.

3. Which institution has more opportunities for collaboration with other scientists?

Both CERN and Fermilab offer opportunities for collaboration with other scientists. CERN has a larger and more diverse community of international researchers, making it a hub for collaboration and networking.

4. Which institution has a better reputation in the scientific community?

CERN and Fermilab are both highly respected institutions in the scientific community. CERN is known for its groundbreaking research and discoveries, while Fermilab has a long history of important contributions to theoretical physics.

5. Which institution has a better environment for theoretical physicists?

This is a subjective question and depends on personal preferences. Both CERN and Fermilab have a stimulating and challenging environment for theoretical physicists, with access to top researchers and cutting-edge technology. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide which environment suits them better.

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