Applied physicist

Are you an applied physicist, specialised in solid-state detectors? Then join ATLAS, one of the four large experiments exploiting the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Take part! 

Job Reference: EP-ADE-2016-4-LD
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You will be part of the ATLAS Inner Detector team (PH-ADE-ID), which has major responsibilities in the ATLAS present tracking detectors and its future upgrade for HL-LHC.


The ATLAS CERN team has a major role in the upgrade of the silicon tracker for Phase-2, the so-called ITK, in particular for the construction of the future ITK pixel detector system. Our team is active in the fields of pixel sensors and electronics design, development and production of pixel modules and staves. Additionally CERN ATLAS will take a leading role in testing and integration of the future Pixel detector for the Phase 2 upgrade.  




As an experienced applied physicist in the ATLAS detector team you will take a leading role in the development and later production of the ATLAS Pixel detector modules.


You will:


  • Take a major role in the development of sensors and FE-electronics for ITK pixel modules, their qualification through lab tests, irradiations and beam tests.
  • Design and test the sensors, next-generation pixel readout chip and evaluate the novel pixel module integration concepts.
  • Lead the on-site preparation of facilities and procedures for later production of pixel modules.
  • Coordinate the on-site effort of assembly and QA in liaison with engineers and technicians at CERN.
  • Work together at a later stage with physicists and engineers on the integration of modules to staves.
  • Take on greater responsibility for the system-tests, integration and final qualification tests before installation.


Qualification required


PhD in the field of physics, with specialisation in particle detectors, or equivalent.


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated experience in the design, assembly and QA of silicon (pixel) detector modules, qualification of sensors and FE readout electronics.
  • Demonstrated experience with hardware, software and electronics for semiconductor detectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in system aspects and operation of large solid-state detector systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with coordination and supervisory roles in a multi-disciplinary team of physicists and engineers.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Detector design, construction, testing and operation, in particular silicon detectors
  • Detector assembly and integration: techniques, procedures and coordination
  • Solid-state based particle detection technologies
  • Analog circuit testing and measurement techniques, in particular Front-End Electronics for silicon sensor systems
  • Data acquisition for experiments


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Working in teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them; Addressing complex problems by breaking them down into manageable components.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.


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 15.02.2016.


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 in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.


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