Chemist in Material Analysis

Are you a Chemist with experience in analysis of a wide panel of organic and inorganic solids, liquids and gases? Do you want to be part of an exciting international project and contribute to the development of CERN's accelerator infrastructure, one of the largest in the world with a total of 130 km of vacuum vessels? Join the Vacuum, Surfaces & Coatings Group! CERN, take part!

Job Reference: TE-VSC-SCC-2017-173-LD
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Chemist for material analysis in the Technology Department, Vacuum Surfaces and Coatings group, Surfaces Coatings and Chemistry section.


You will join:


The Surface Coatings and Chemistry section (SCC), taking care of the surface and chemical analyses, the thin film coatings by PVD and surface finishing. The chemical laboratory provides CERN-wide support for the chemistry related issues encountered in developments and regular operation of the accelerators. It ranges from identification of chemical contamination in Ultra High Vacuum systems, evaluation of aging of polymers, gas analysis for diagnostics related to particle detectors, identification of pollutants hindering a proper operation of the dedicated waste water treatment plant, qualification of cooling fluids and development of chemical treatments or materials for the accelerators.



As a Chemist in the TE-VSC-SCC Section, you will:


  • Perform material analysis in the chemistry laboratory at CERN, give advice on the best techniques to be applied and contribute to the improvement of the equipment and methods.
  • Give advice to improve the operation and monitoring of the waste water treatment plant.
  • Interact with the CERN collaborators to provide consulting on chemistry and radio-chemistry related problems.
  • Take a leading role in the R&D, production and testing, analysis, surface finishing and development in the field of solids-, liquids- and gas-analysis, surface modifications by chemical methods, gas-monitoring systems for particle detectors, monitoring radiation induced modifications of materials.
  • Collaborate with the surface finishing team for the chemical analyses related to quality control and developments.
  • Collaborate with teams in charge of other CERN facilities of physical-chemical analysis, as the surface analysis team and the microscopy team.
  • Promote the collaborations with external institutes to access to techniques which are not available at CERN.
  • Document the work in scientific and technical reports or publications.


Qualification required

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


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Proven experience of chemical analytical methods applied to organic and inorganic compounds, gases, liquids and solids.
  • Proven experience in analytical instrumentation as for instance FTIR, GC-MS, ICP-OES, DSC, XRF and classical wet chemistry methods.
  • Proven experience in leading scientific projects or technological developments.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Knowledge of inorganic chemistry.
  • Knowledge of organic chemistry.
  • Maintenance and operation of water treatment plants: knowledge of waste water treatment.
  • Knowledge of radio-chemistry.
  • Knowledge of surface properties: surface science, surface finishing and materials for ultra high vacuum technology would be an advantage.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Working in teams: works well in groups and readily fits into a team; participates fully and takes an active role in team activities.
  • Communicating effectively: provides others with timely information.
  • Achieving results: has a structured and organised approach towards work; is able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: proposes ways to improve or streamline, existing procedures, processes and methodologies.


The language competencies required are:


  • Good knowledge of English is required; Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of French or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.


Eligibility conditions

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.


We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 29.10.2017.


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.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.


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Benchmark Job Title
Material Science/Chemical Engineer/Chemist
Professional Category:
University Engineers
Job Category:
Materials Science & Surface Engineering, Physics
Career Level
Grade 6 or 7
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

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