Controls Automation Engineer

Job Reference: BE-ICS-PCS-2016-11-LD
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Controls & Automation Engineer in the Beams Department (BE), Industrial Controls and Safety Systems Group (ICS), Process Control Systems (PCS) section. 


You will join:


  • The Beams (BE) Department, which is responsible for beam performance over the complete CERN accelerator chain, from the source to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and which carries out Research and Development (R&D) activities on the upgrade of the LHC, its injectors and on future accelerators.
  • The Industrial Controls and Safety Systems (ICS) Group which develops solutions and provides support for large and medium scale industrial control systems and also promotes their use. The support covers the domains of the experiments, the technical infrastructure and the accelerators.
  • The Process Control section (PCS) which develops, implements and maintain protection and process control applications deployed in the CERN industrial facilities (HVAC, Cooling, Cryogenics, Gas systems¿). To optimize this task the section is actively involved in the design of an industrial control framework based on proven industrial technologies: SCADA, PLCs, IPCs. Also the section is in charge of CERN-wide services as the support of PLCs and industrial communication technologies. 




As a Controls & Automation Engineer in the PCS section, you will:


  • Analyse, design and implement real-time software based on the CERN FESA framework. The main applications are the LHC cryogenics, inner-triplets alignment and the quench protection system (QPS).
  • Analyse, design and implement safety instrumented systems based on industry standards.
  • Lead, plan and manage the development of components to be employed by our CERN framework: UNICOS. This mainly involves the front-end plugins that allow automated generation of applications.
  • Develop and supervise the development of process control applications.
  • Apply software quality management (e.g. testing, verification) to the PLC applications developed in BE/ICS.
  • Participate to the support effort to CERN users of Industrial Control Systems, in particular for PLCs and industrial communications.
  • Supervise a small team of technical engineers.


Qualification required


Master's degree in the field of automation engineering, industrial informatics or equivalent. 


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated experience in large scale control systems and frameworks to generate code automatically.
  • Demonstrated experience in front-end real time developments, both based on industrial PCs and PLCs.
  • Demonstrated experience in quality assurance software engineering practices (e.g. Testing, verification).
  • Demonstrated experience in applying standards to safety instrumented systems (SIS).


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Design of real time control systems: following CERN standards (e.g. FESA).
  • Design of safety control systems: Safety Instrumented Systems and the methods to qualify and quantify hazard and risk analysis.
  • Testing: expertise in modern and advanced tools for quality assurance (e.g. formal methods).
  • Programming/Software Development: design and implement plugins for generating PLC code automatically.
  • Design of PLC based control system: using CERN frameworks and/or standards (e.g. UNICOS).
  • Knowledge of industrial communication fieldbuses.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: readily accepting new tasks or work/projects; Adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English: ability to draw-up technical specifications, write technical and scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • Ability to understand and speak French in professional contexts would be an advantage.


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 19.02.2016.


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 :


  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.

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University Engineers
Job Category:
Civil Engineering, Controls and Data Acquisition
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Duration: 5 year(s)

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