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Electrical or Electronics R&D technician for a novel accelerator development (TTE Programme)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Are you a technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career?  If so, joining CERN’s TTE programme may very well give you that challenge.  This position as an Electronics/Electrical Technician is part of our prestigious TTE programme. 

The Fast Pulse Converters Section (TE-EPC-FPC) is responsible for providing high voltage or high current pulses for the acceleration or guidance (injection or extraction for an accelerator) of the particles beams.

In the framework of the technical feasibility R&D studies for a new, 50 km long, linear accelerator under evaluation at CERN (called CLIC. Compact Linear Collider), the candidate is offered a unique training opportunity in the electrical and electronics domains applied to advanced particle accelerators.

Particularly, a novel klystron modulator (160 kV pulsed power converter) is required for testing new klystrons (converting electrical energy into Radio Frequency energy for accelerating particles). Our R&D team needs to integrate a new technician for this challenging development project. The candidate will contribute to electrical components integration, purchasing, schematic production, laboratory testing and commissioning. Furthermore, he will contribute to the creation of the documentation and participate in the first operation during the 2019-2020 period


  • Mechanical integration of electro-mechanical components (use of 3D software)
  • Drawing of power schematics (with standard schematic software’s)
  • Follow-up of assembly and cabling in CERN workshops
  • Responsibility for the entire purchasing process of off-the-shelf components
  • Performing and documenting laboratory tests
  • Participation in the operation of a 160 kV – 200 kW klystron modulator on a test-bed



In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (;
  • You have a Technical Diploma in the electrical or the electronics field or equivalent (, and no more than 4 years' relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.

You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A take-home pay of 3,500 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax);
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund;
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2,5 days of paid leave per month.

Specific skills required for this job:

  • Basic abilities in using a 3D software for the mechanical integration of component’s
  • To draw and understand electrical and electronics schematics
  • The use of laboratory equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, function generators, etc.)
  • Knowledge of working in a high voltage environment would be an asset

You will acquire knowledge in the following areas:

  • Power electronics converters
  • Control of electronics boards integration and testing
  • Basic automatic regulation
  • Operation of powerful equipment’s 
  • Ability of efficiently contributing in the development of a project


This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification;
  • At least one reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible.
    • You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 31.08.2018.

Please make sure you have all the documents requested to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Junior - Only open to Nationals of all CERN Member States and Associate Member States - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Scientist and Researcher
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