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Environmental Engineer (HSE-ENV-2023-28-LD)


  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: Closed

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


The Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit (HSE), which supports the Organization in the implementation and enforcement of its Safety policy is looking for an environmental engineer. In the HSE Unit, the Environment Group (ENV) monitors the impact of the Organization activities on the public and on the local environment and advices on improvement measures.

Are you an environmental engineer, experienced in environmental impact evaluation of large-scale projects, familiar with associated regulatory requirements and best practices? Join CERN’s Environment Group to contribute with your skills to the Future CERN Collider (FCC) feasibility study and collaborate with the environmental FCC feasibility study team. Take part!


As an Environmental Engineer, you will actively contribute to support the environmental FCC feasibility study team that is in charge of the environmental initial state analysis for FCC and of an environmental high-level forecast on affected places by the FCC transnational project concept.

You will:

  • Liaise with the Safety study of the FCC project concept for aspects that are typically covered by environmental impact studies, such as electromagnetic radiation, community health and security, fire, hazardous chemical agents, cryogenic safety, operational health and safety and environmental monitoring;
  • Advice the environmental FCC feasibility study team for identifying relevant environmental aspects and associated impacts of the FCC project concept, based on past, present, and planned CERN activities;
  • Contribute to the activities of the working group on the management of excavated materials;
  • Support the environmental FCC feasibility study team for the development of an environmentally responsible project scenario, covering approaches such as carbon neutrality, circular economy, and avoid-reduce-compensate principles;
  • Share knowledge, inform and proactively raise awareness on environmental sustainability, carbon neutrality and environmental protection best practices amongst members involved in the FCC feasibility study;
  • Build synergies and work with other CERN Departments contributing to sustainability, safety and environmental protection at CERN.



Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of environmental engineering or a related field.


Demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Practical experience in impact evaluation processes of large-scale projects;
  • Provision of technical expertise, in particular to minimize the environmental footprint of large-scale projects;
  • Technical application of environmental regulations;
  • Integration of environmental sustainability aspects in projects or activities.

The following experience would be an asset:

  • Defining environmental requirements for industrial site construction and operation, in particular linked to air-water-soil-energy-waste-biodiversity issues;
  • Integration of carbon neutrality principles in projects or activities;
  • Conducting assessments through mapping, analysing, using data from geographical information systems (GIS).

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of Environmental Law: (Knowledge of at least one of CERN’s Host states (France/Switzerland) regulations and European regulatory framework, in particular linked to environmental impact evaluation)
  • Drafting and writing of official documents
  • Implementation of environmental prevention measures to minimize the environmental footprint;

Behavioural competencies:

  • Solving Problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information Sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer
  • Communicating Effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point
  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English and French. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.

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 31.03.2023.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • outdoor environmental visits.
  • visits to underground installations.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: HSE-ENV-2023-28-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Health, Safety and Environment Engineer


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