Electronics Engineer (digital electronics)

Are you interested in crossing the boundary between high tech electronics and particle physics? The Experimental Physics Department at CERN is looking for an enthusiastic electronics engineer with a broad knowledge of digital electronics. If you want to work on timing distribution, if applied electronics is your passion, and if you are looking to work in a dynamic international environment, don't hesitate. CERN, take part!

Job Reference: EP-ESE-BE-2017-73-LD
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Electronics Engineer (digital electronics and high precision timing) in the Experimental Physics Department (EP), Electronic Systems for Experiments Group (ESE), Back-End Section (BE).


You will join the Electronic Systems for Experiments Group (ESE) of the Experimental Physics Department (EP), which designs electronic systems for the experiments at CERN and also supplies a series of electronics related services. The Back-End Section (BE) is in charge of the "off-detector" part of these systems: FPGA-based readout, timing distribution systems, trigger and control boards, high speed optical data links, modular electronics and power supplies.



As an Electronics Engineer, you will be actively involved in the design and validation of various timing distribution systems for High Energy Physics (HEP) experiments.


You will:


  • Investigate, conceive, design, test and release hardware and firmware solutions for timing distribution systems for HEP experiments. These systems will be based on FPGAs, high-speed optical links, custom or commercial PLLs, and/or tailored network standards and protocols like Passive Optical Network (PON), Synchronous Ethernet (syncE) or Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
  • Work in close collaboration with experiments to produce comprehensive specifications of the systems to be designed.
  • Design and characterise hardware, firmware and software for timing distribution systems, as well as evaluate existing solutions.
  • Ensure the support, documentation and maintenance of the deployed solutions.


Qualification required

Master's degree in the field of electronics or applied physics, or equivalent.


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 09.05.2017.


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:


  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.


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Duration: 5 year(s)