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Microtechnology Technician (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:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-30

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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 at http://home.cern.

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

Job Description

As a technician working in cleanroom, you will be part of the Superconducting Radio Frequency Cavities (SRF) section at CERN. This section is in charge of assemble, test, qualify, maintain, and participate in the development of the superconducting particles accelerator, and other activities related to the superconducting radiofrequency accelerating cavities.

Under supervision, you will assist with: handling the accelerating cavity preparation for the cleanroom, operating the ultra pure water rinsing system, and  monitoring the regular cleaning of the installation. You will also provide assistance with the preparation of the cleanroom parts, assuring quality control, and contribute with the cleanroom sensitive assembly of electromechanical components.

You will be trained on critical cleanroom activities to support the team in place during the cleanroom assembly of a superconductive particles accelerator for the Large Hadron Collider facility, using the last bulk niobium technology.

As a Microtechnology Technician, you can also receive training on:

  • Infrastructure maintenance e.g. cleanroom, high pressure pump etc.
  • Interaction with contractors for measurement devices calibration etc.
  • Vacuum technics dedicated to cleanroom applications.

Functions:

  • Participate in the exploitation and upgrade works of the facilities of the section;
  • Follow the procedures in place to produce complex SRF assemblies in cleanroom;
  • Produce report on SRF clean preparation of components and their quality control following the standard procedures in place;
  • Assist the team during complex cryomodule assemblies and large pieces preparation and conditioning;
  • Participate in the chemical treatment and cleaning of parts and facilities;
  • Possible work with heavy loads using handling equipment and machine;
  • Possible work in radiation areas.

Qualifications

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 (https://home.cern/about/member-states);
  • You have a Technical Diploma (careers.cern/ttediplomas) in microtechnology or similar 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.

Required experience:

Previous experience as an Apprentice working as a Physics Laboratory Technician , or equivalent.

This position could suit technicians with experience in on or more of the following fields:

  • Experience working with electromechanical objects and facilities;
  • Experience in the field of microtechnology;
  • Experience in the field of Research and Development in cleanroom or in grey room environment (1 month minimum would be an asset);
  • Experience in an antidust cleanroom ISO 4 class would be a strong asset;
  • Experience working with ultra high vacuum equipment would be an asset;
  • Experience of working  in a cleanroom in the semiconductor field would be a strong asset.

Specific skills required for this job:

  • Ability to remain calm, meticulousness, and focused over long periods for cleanroom work;
  • Ability to produce reports using standard office software;
  • Ability to conduct Installation, mounting, dismantling, maintenance, and operation of mechanical equipment;
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team;
  • Ability to demonstrate accountability by working conscientiously and reliably, and delivering on promises;
  • Ability to work in a structured and organised manner.

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; 
  • 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.

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 30.09.2021

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