Applied Physicist in the field of Accelerators

Are you fascinated by the operation of the world's largest accelerator complex? Are you also interested in further improving the reliable operation of the LHC with the actual 300 MJ beams, the other existing CERN accelerators and in optimizing the availability of LHC and future accelerators? CERN, Take Part!

Job Reference: TE-MPE-PE-2017-46-LD
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Applied physicist in the field of Accelerators in the Technology department (TE), Machine Protection and Electrical integrity group (MPE), Performance Evaluation section (PE).


Within the TE department, the MPE group provides support to the operation of the CERN accelerators, maintains state-of-the art technology for machine protection systems, and performs studies for optimizing the reliability of todays and future accelerators.

Sophisticated highly reliable protection systems are required in order to operate safely the CERN accelerators, in particular the LHC. Operating with high availability while ensuring safe operation is already demanding for LHC, and keeping the balance between availability and protection is even more challenging for the new accelerators planned for the future.



As an applied physicist in the TE-MPE-PE Section, you will:


  • Follow-up the operation of the CERN accelerators, especially with respect to their availability.
  • Organise and ensure the recording of relevant operational data from the LHC and other CERN accelerators to understand and assess the reliability of accelerator systems.
  • Evaluate methods and tools for the analysis of reliability, availability, maintainability and supportability; assess the merits of different tools.
  • Develop models to address the reliability of accelerators with all their complexity, validate the models by means of actual data from CERN accelerators, and apply them during the design of future accelerators in order to optimise their reliability and availability.
  • Establish a vocabulary and key availability indicators to be commonly agreed by CERN staff and external collaborators working in the field of reliability and availability.
  • Contribute to the design reports of future accelerators, providing recommendations for optimising availability.
  • Supervise and coach technical students, PhD students, and fellows.


Qualification required

Master's degree or PhD in the field of Applied Physics, or equivalent.


Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:


  • Proven experience in the domain of reliability engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience in the operation and protection of particle accelerators.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Accelerator performance analysis and optimization.
  • Accelerator operation: accelerator physics and operation.
  • Knowledge of quality and reliability assurance techniques and tools.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Solving problems: recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture; testing solutions for long-term suitability, cross-checking with all concerned before implementation.
  • Communicating effectively: successfully changing other people's opinions by persuasive arguments; utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved; demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.
  • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Demonstrating accountability: working conscientiously and reliably; delivering on promises; taking responsibility for own actions and decisions; using openness and honesty to interact constructively with others.


The language competencies required are:


  • Spoken and written English: ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports, and/or to make oral presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of French language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.


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 02.05.2017.


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:


  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.


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