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Electro-mechanical Technician (BE-RF-PM-2019-114-LD)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Grade 3 - Technical or Administrative roles - Only open to Nationals of all CERN Member States and Associate Member States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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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 an enthusiastic technician in electricity and/or mechanics looking to acquire RF power experience whilst working on complex RF problematics? Take Part!

You will join:

  • The Beams Department (BE), which hosts the Groups responsible for beam generation, acceleration, diagnostics, controls and performance optimisation.
  • The Radiofrequency group (BE-RF), responsible for the RF Acceleration and Transverse Damping Systems for CERN accelerators. Our team operates the RF systems of existing accelerators and participates in the design of future accelerators and upgrades of existing machines.
  • The Power Modules (BE-RF-PM) section, responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of large RF power plants and related infrastructure.


As an Electro-mechanical Technician in the Power Modules Section, you will be part of a team working on RF power amplifiers with the aim of designing, assembling, maintaining and testing high power RF systems for CERN's present accelerators and present plus future projects.

After a period of training, you will:

  • Participate in operation and maintenance of the existing SPS RF power systems.
  • Contribute to the development and prototyping of improved RF power systems and their components for consolidation and upgrade of accelerators.
  • Participate in installation and commissioning of these systems.
  • Produce complex designs using office-computing applications and liaise with a drawing office and with other relevant services at CERN.
  • Produce and manage the associated technical documentation and test reports.
  • A particular attention to the security questions, either during the conception as during installation or exploitation, will be an essential point of these activities.
  • Participate in a stand-by service our team provides on the equipment.


Higher technical diploma in the field of electricity, electro-mechanics, electronics or a related field.


  • Initial experience in the domain of electricity, electro-mechanics, electronics would be an asset; however, beginners accepted.

Technical competencies:

  • Assembly of electronic crates, racks and cabinets
  • Electro-mechanical construction: in particular, in the field of Radio Frequency power systems.
  • Commissioning, maintenance & operation of electro-mechanical equipment

Behavioural competencies:

  • Solving Problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them Producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements
  • Working in the Interest of the Organization: demonstrating motivation for own work, being enthusiastic, involved and energetic in pursuing tasks. Championing new initiatives within and beyond the scope of own job
  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities Supporting and acting in accordance with team decisions; accepting joint responsibility for team successes and shortcomings
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge: thinking "out of the box" and proposing fresh ideas, insights and methodologies Taking steps to expand knowledge in other areas of expertise beyond own field

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to draw up technical texts in one of the two languages, as well as ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts.

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 15.12.2019

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 in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: BE-RF-PM-2019-114-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electromechanical Technician

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