Mechanical Engineer

Are you a Mechanical Engineer with a passion for challenging engineering problems? The Technical Coordination team operates and maintains a unique particle physics detector. Make use of your skills to meet the demanding performance and efficiency requirements of one of the largest particle-physics experiments in the world.

Job Reference: PH-ADO-PO-2015-227-LD
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Mechanical Engineer for the Technical Coordination/Project Office of the ATLAS experiment, to work on the operation and maintenance of the current detector mechanical infrastructure, as well as on all stages of future detector upgrades.


You will join : 


  • Physics Department (PH) which encompasses the experimental particle physics activities in the Organization.
  • CERN Project Office (PO) Section of the ATLAS experiment (, which is in charge of operating, maintaining and upgrading the mechanical (infra-)structure of the ATLAS experiment and detectors.




As a member of ATLAS Technical Coordination and inside PH-ADO-PO section, you will perform the following functions:


1- Coordinate engineering activities during the development of new projects in relation with the ATLAS detector upgrade. These projects will be of a wide variety (integration task, design and development, lifting equipment, in-situ opening operation, etc.). The task includes the overall responsibility of design, procurement and fabrication of detector supporting structures and integration activities for the ATLAS detector:


  • Define the functional specifications.
  • Steer and follow-up the designers involved in the project.
  • Define the adequate FEA models to develop and assure the good interpretation of the result according to standards and construction code.
  • Prepare the required calculation note and safety file.
  • Draft the technical specifications and follow-up of industrial contracts for the production of the designed structures.
  • Report regularly to the ATLAS collaboration.


2- Participate in the shutdowns activities in the ATLAS cavern:


  • Open the ATLAS detector and provide access to the various systems.
  • Enhance the procedures and tooling.
  • Organize and supervise the activities related to the assembly and installation inside the ATLAS experiment of detector support structures.


Qualification required


Master's degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent.


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Initial experience in design, construction and assembly of large mechanical installations.
  • Deep knowledge of mechanical engineering.
  • Project management, including planning, procurement and supervision of technical staff.
  • Experience in working in an international and multi-disciplinary team.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Design of mechanical systems.
  • Mechanical analysis & modelling: proven knowledge of finite element analysis with ansys or equivalent.
  • Mechanical systems integration.
  • Organisation, planning and control.
  • 3D & 2D technical drawing: supervision and control of drawings, knowledge of catia v5 or equivalent.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Demonstrating accountability: presenting information accurately and objectively; taking responsibility for own actions and decisions.
  • Working in teams.
  • Solving problems: addressing complex problems by breaking them down into manageable components; being open to original ideas and creative options by which to address issues; continually driving change by seeking new ways to improve outcomes.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: being willing to work on different projects simultaneously.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak in professional contexts, as well as the ability to draft texts for publications and/ or official communications and to make oral presentations.


Eligibility conditions


Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 07.02.2016.


By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.


Note on Employment Conditions


We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.


These functions require : 


  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.


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