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  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Grade 4 - Technical or Administrative roles - Only open to Nationals of all CERN Member States and Associate Member States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-28

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Electronics Technical Engineer (TE-MPE-EE-2019-1-LD)

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

Job Description


Are you a passionate Electronics Technical Engineer who would like to participate in the development, manufacturing and tests of electronic equipment pertaining to the quench protection systems for the superconducting magnets of the most complex particle accelerator? Take part!

The Electronics Technical Engineer designs CERN's electronics infrastructure and systems. He/she is also involved in producing, installing, commissioning, operating and maintaining CERN’s electronics infrastructure and systems, notably those required for the accelerator complex.

In the Technology (TE) department*, Machine Protection and Electrical Integrity (MPE) group, you will take responsibility for the design, procurement, implementation and exploitation of custom-made electronics for the LHC quench protection systems of the superconducting magnet circuits.

More information of TE department:


  • Design and develop custom-made, highly reliable electronics used in safety critical protection applications for the accelerator superconducting magnet circuits.
  • Participate in the commissioning, operation, and maintenance of the hardware components of the protection system for the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) superconducting magnet circuits.
  • Contribute to the development and commissioning of state-of-the-art automatic test equipment.
  • Organise acceptance tests, and ensure the effective reception of new electronics.
  • Ensure the availability of various protection systems during the LHC machine operation.
  • Prepare and compile relevant documentation.
  • Maintain and update the databases related to the maintenance and operation of the various components.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in electronics engineering or a related field.


  • Extensive experience in the design of both analogue and digital electronics with an emphasis on AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, filtering, FPGA and microcontroller based electronics, simulation tools and generation of PCB layouts.
  • Extensive experience in the testing of electronics and in the measurement techniques.
  • Initial experience in power electronics and related controls (e.g. design of capacitor banks to store electrical energy, power switches).
  • Initial experience in the development of state-of-the-art automated test systems for analogue circuit boards.

Experience in the following domains will be valued:

  • Commissioning and operation of complex industrial and/or scientific electronic systems.
  • Assembling of electronic crates, racks and cabinets.
  • Design of high-voltage electronic circuits (< 2.5 kV).
  • Design in signal integrity and EMC electronics.

Technical competencies:

  • Design and simulation of analog and FPGA-based electronic circuits.
  • Knowledge of radiation effects on electronics and mitigation techniques.
  • Design and simulation of digital electronic circuits: commissioning, operation & maintenance of electronic systems.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; and using time efficiently and effectively.
  • Achieving results: being rigorous; and producing quality results at first attempt.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems; taking action to address them; recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information; and being able to see the whole picture
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating openness to new ideas and situations.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to draw up technical documentation in one of the two languages; and the ability to speak the other language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 28.02.2019

Employment Conditions

Contract type: limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization. 
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

Job grade: 4-5

Job reference: TE-MPE-EE-2019-1-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electronics Technical Engineer

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