Leader of the ISOLDE Physics Group

Job Reference: EP-SME-2016-101-LD
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Leader of the Isolde Physics Group in the Experimental Physics Department, Small and Medium Experiments Group (SME).


The on-line isotope mass separator ISOLDE is a facility dedicated to the production of a large variety of radioactive ion beams for many different experiments in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics, solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences. The facility is located at the Proton-Synchrotron Booster (PSB) at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It is operated by the ISOLDE collaboration, whose present members are Belgium, CERN, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The relation between CERN and the ISOLDE collaboration is specified in a Memorandum of Understanding from 2012 (following those in 1993 and 2007).




As Leader of the Isolde Physics Group, you will: 


  • Run the ISOLDE Physics Group in its day-to-day activities.
  • Act as spokesperson for the ISOLDE collaboration.
  • Liaise with CERN management for matters concerning ISOLDE and more generally RIB Physics.
  • Represent CERN in European contracts involving ISOLDE (currently ENSAR2).
  • Follow-up closely the HIE-ISOLDE project and support and boost the Increase of Intensity.
  • Co-Organise the next edition of EMIS conference that will take place at CERN at the end of September 2018.
  • Proactively support to on-going projects TSR, EURISOL-DF.


Qualification required


 PhD in the field of Nuclear Physics or equivalent.


Experience and competencies


The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrate an outstanding research record in low energy nuclear physics, preferably using radioactive beams, and a track record in research leadership.
  • Have a broad knowledge of the radioactive beam scene in Europe and worldwide.
  • Have some knowledge of the ISOLDE facility and physics program.


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Knowledge of nuclear physics and/or nuclear applications.
  • Beam production.
  • Organisation, planning and control.
  • Project management.


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Managing self.
  • Demonstrating flexibility.
  • Optimising resources.
  • Communicating effectively.
  • Solving problems.
  • Building relationships.


The language competencies required for this post are:


  • Spoken and written English. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations. Ability to understand and speak French will 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 30.09.2016.


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.


Candidates should hold a tenured position in their home institute from which they can take leave.


Note on Employment Conditions


We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 3 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 : 


  • These functions require work in Radiation Areas.


**Effective 1 September 2016, CERN will introduce a new career structure, the details of which shall be published in the Staff Rules and Regulations on that date.


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Grade 6 or 7
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Duration: 3 year(s)

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