Cabling engineer

Are you an experienced cabling engineer looking to take part in the operation, maintenance and extension of critical signal and DC-power cabling installations in a large industrial setting? Contribute your skills to the signalling and magnet-power infrastructures that constitute CERN's accelerator complex. Take part!

Job Reference: EN-EL-FC-2016-150-LD
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Cabling engineer in the Engineering Department (EN), Electrical Engineering Group (EL), Fiber Optics and Cabling Section (FC).


You will join:


  • The Department that provides engineering competencies, infrastructure systems, and technical coordination for the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities.
  • The Group that is responsible for CERN's electrical and optical fiber networks. Its main missions are to operate, maintain, extend and renovate the electrical network from 400 kV to 400/230 V and the optical fiber infrastructure, analyse and make projections for CERN's electrical energy consumption and manage relations with the energy suppliers. The group is also in charge of modifications and extensions to the networks when required by new projects, with project studies, equipment procurement, installation, supervising and commissioning.
  • The Fiber Optics and Cabling Section (FC) that is in charge of CERN's optical fiber infrastructure, ensures the technical expertise in the field of fiber optics, and provides optical and copper signal cables, standardised racks and DC power cables for magnets in the accelerators and experimental areas. The section provides engineering support to the CERN users, centralises their cabling requests and organises the installation activities through external industrial-support contractors.



As a cabling Engineer in the Fiber Optics and Cabling Section, you will actively contribute to the continuous extension, maintenance, and operation of CERN's signal and DC-power cabling installations constituting the infrastructure for the major communication and magnet-powering systems of the various accelerators including CERN's current leading project: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).


This will involve:


  • Taking responsibility for cabling project studies and design, including both signal and DC-power cables.
  • Defining cabling strategies, components, installation methodologies, testing procedures and naming conventions.
  • Drawing up technical specifications and managing industrial supply contracts.
  • Organizing and supervising the signal and DC-power cabling campaigns on the CERN site, requiring close and frequent on-site interactions with contractors and CERN users from other groups/departments.
  • Preparing statistics and forecasting, defining project costs and financial plans.
  • Taking part in the development and coordination of industrial partnerships/contracts.


Qualification required

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

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


Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated experience in the field of electrical cabling.
  • Very good knowledge of cabling infrastructure design and installation techniques including, in particular, signal and DC-power cables.
  • Knowledge of design and installation of mechanical structures, including cables trays and racks. 
  • Proven ability to deal with contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Practical experience in cable installation and testing would be an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in water-cooled cables would be an asset.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Systems installation/decommissioning: signal and power cabling.
  • Assembly of connectors and cables, including related techniques and tools
  • Knowledge of modern programming techniques and simulation design software.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion.
  • Solving problems: anticipating obstacles; assessing alternative solutions in order to have a fall-back plan.
  • Communicating effectively: listening actively to others and letting others speak.
  • Creating vision and strategic partnerships: demonstrating respect, diplomacy and tact with external partners.


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 16.10.2016.


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:

  • Shift work, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

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Benchmark Job Title:
Electrical Engineer
Professional Category:
University Engineers
Job Category:
Electricity, Mechanics
Career Level
Grade 6 or 7
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

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