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Mechanical Technician - Measurements Laboratory (TTE Programme)

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)
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-31

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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

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 an enthusiastic mechanical 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.  

The Mechanical and Materials Engineering Group (MME) of the Engineering department (EN) is in charge of engineering support combining mechanical design, production facilities and material sciences, for the maintenance of CERN facilities and the manufacturing of prototypes as required for CERN projects.

The Laboratory of Mechanical Measurements, part of the Engineering Design and Measurements section (EN-MME-EDM), is composed of 10 people. The Lab is specialized in measurements of mechanical quantities such as stresses and strains, displacements, pressures and vibrations. Measurements are applied to a wide range of components and devices for present and future high energy physics projects, such as: superconducting magnets, detectors of LHC experiments and prototypes for future upgrades, including high field accelerator magnets and accelerating structures.

Measurements are also cover a large variety of environments, including cryogenic temperatures, high radiation and high magnetic fields.


You will be involved in the wide range of activities performed by the Lab.

After an initial period of familiarization, you will prepare, participate and analyse the measurements carried out by the laboratory for several applications. More precisely, applications will cover the following:

  • Mechanical testing from room temperature up to 1200°C for different projects, in particular LHC consolidation and upgrades (Machine and experiments);
  • Failure analyses of LHC systems based on vibration and stress measurements;
  • -Thermo-mechanical characterization of advanced materials from 77K up to 2000°C;
  • -Development, characterisation, and calibration of custom sensors.

You will participate to meetings and report regularly on the progress of his/her research. The main results will be summarized in several reports for each activity and inside a final report, to be submitted to the management.


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 Mechanical Technical Diploma or equivalent related field, 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.

Specific skills required for this job:

  • Experience in mechanical measurements
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Basic to intermediate experience in material properties, mechanical testing and analysis methods

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 (in the design and implementation of electrical systems) at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend of 4585 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.


Your future Life @CERN

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  • Be as specific as possible in the application fields “Education” and “Experience”.
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Required documentation:

You will need the following documents, clearly labelled (e.g. “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic transcript”, etc.) and in PDF format to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification;
  • 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 may upload the reference letter yourself, whilst submitting your application, or through your referee via the link you will receive shortly after submitting your application.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 31.01.2021

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