Emergency Preparedness Engineer

Contribute your skills and expertise in Health & Safety to the world's largest physics laboratory in the world by collaborating with different teams (Fire Brigade, Industrial Controls & Safety Systems etc.). This is a unique opportunity to manage emergency preparedness activities related to both surface and underground installations. Take part!

Job Reference: HSE-SEE-SV-2016-194-LD
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Emergency preparedness Engineer in the Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit (HSE Unit), Safety Engineering and Environment Group (SEE), Prevention & Safety Engineering Services Section (SV).


You will join:


  • The Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit (HSE), which supports the Organization in the implementation, enforcement and monitoring of its safety policy.
  • The Safety Engineering and Environment Group (SEE), which offers safety services with the aim of enhancing prevention and ensuring that safety aspects are integrated in any project and that best safety practices are harmonized and disseminated.
  • The Prevention & Safety Engineering Services Section (SV) which offers various occupational health and safety services and/or expertise to the Departments and Experiments such as emergency preparedness, prevention and follow-up of accidents and incidents, as well as tendering safety support.




As Emergency preparedness Engineer, you will be responsible for the emergency preparedness activity you will mainly:


  • Manage the emergency preparedness activity (run, maintain and consolidate the activity).
  • Assess new projects and define Safety requirements.
  • Propose and provide technical solutions in related Safety domains where applicable.
  • Provide expert support to Project Leaders on matters of fire protection of surface facilities during audits, risk assessments, technical reviews or project/experiment Safety support for all aspects of facilities.
  • Propose HSE prevention improvement based on the lessons learnt. 
  • Specify the mobile extinguishers system for each facilities.
  • Specify and update the emergency procedures of facilities.
  • Participate in the alarms commissioning.
  • Participate in the evacuation drills.


You will contribute to the following other activities:


  • Check the conformity of the tendering specifications to CERN Safety requirements.
  • Draft Safety documentation including rules, instructions and guidelines: this includes understanding the needs of the Organization.
  • Design and deliver risk/activity based trainings.
  • Participate in the on-call service for prevention and follow up accidents activity.


Qualification required


Master's degree in the field of Workplace Health and Safety Engineering, or equivalent.


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated experience in general occupational health and safety, and its related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in emergency preparedness activity.
  • Good knowledge of French, Swiss and European regulations and standards concerning fire protection of facilities.


 The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Knowledge of occupational health.
  • Safety risk management.
  • Knowledge of fire safety. 


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.
  • Working in teams: sharing and letting others participate in own work/project; encouraging team development.
  • Building relationships: being able to put self in the shoes of others in order to understand their needs and interests.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English or French.
  • Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.
  • Ability to understand written French (host states regulations) 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 15.01.2017.


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.
  • A valid driving licence is required.


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Professional Category:
University Engineers
Job Category:
Health, Safety & Environment
Career Level
Grade 6 or 7
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

Application is closed for this job.