Electromechanical Technician

Are you a hands-on electrical or electro-mechanical technician? Contribute your experience to the design, operation and maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment used in the particle detector experiment at CERN - Take part!

Job Reference: EP-DT-FS-2016-169-LD
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Electromechanical technician in the Experimental Physics Department (EP), Detector Technology Group (DT), Fluidic Systems Section (FS)


You will join:


  • The Experimental Physics Department.
  • The Detector Technologies (DT) group in the Experimental Physics department participates in the development, construction and operation of particle detectors for experiments at CERN. This comprises detector consolidation and upgrade projects as well as infrastructure for experiments.
  • The Fluidic System Section is charged to design, prototype, construct, commission, operate and maintain fluidic systems (gas & cooling) for detectors in CERN experiments. It has also mandate to perform selective R&D in areas relevant to novel detector thermal management, gas systems, and for the upgrade of the existing systems in view of higher detector performances and sustainable operation.



As Electromechanical technician in the Fluidic Systems Section, initially you will:


  • Participate in the operation and maintenance activities for gas and CO2 cooling systems for the CERN experiments, with particular focus on LHC experiment systems. This implies participating to the 24/7 stand-by duty service of the section.
  • Contribute to the construction of new and upgraded gas and CO2 cooling systems, implementing the relevant quality assurance plans.
  • Participate to the R&D programs on gas and CO2 cooling systems for the LHC experiments.


Subsequently you will:


  • Participate in the design, layout definition and component selection for new gas and CO2 cooling systems.
  • Coordinate the construction and commissioning of new gas and CO2 cooling systems for CERN experiments.
  • Verify the 3D models and drawings for the construction of new gas and CO2 cooling systems.


Qualification required

Higher technical diploma in the field of Electromechanics or equivalent.


*Please note that preference will be given to candidates with the above-mentioned qualifications.In principle consideration will not be given to applications from people with higher qualifications.


Experience and competencies

The experiences required for this post are:


  • Demonstrated experience in the construction and commissioning of a fluidic system (assembly techniques,choice of hydraulic components and instrumentation, leak tightness verification, I/O electrical check).
  • Proven experience in the operation and maintenance of complex fluidic systems (gas or cooling).
  • Capacity to draft and understand a process and instrumentation diagram for fluidic system.
  • Understanding of risks related to use of gases and pressurized equipment.
  • Design capability in 2D;(3D would be a plus). 


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Commissioning,maintenance & operation of gas systems: and/or detector cooling systems.
  • Installation and maintenance of basic process instrumentation (temperature, pressure, flow, level).
  • Installation and maintenance of actuators (valves, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic actuators).
  • Use of assembly and mounting techniques for both electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Technical infrastructure operation: monitoring intervention on complete system involving a large knowledge on different systems.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.
  • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team;participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: taking steps to expand knowledge in other areas of expertise beyond own field.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.
  • Readiness to acquire working knowledge of the other language.


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 22.11.2016.


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.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

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Duration: 5 year(s)

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