Applied physicist for Superconducting Magnets Development (TE-MSC-SMT-2022-156-LD)

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At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

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Join a great team pushing the limits of superconducting accelerator magnets, to shape the future of CERN largest accelerator. CERN, take part!

You will join the Superconducting Magnet Technology (SMT) Section, part of the Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) Group within the Technology (TE) Department. The Section has as main mandate the design and fabrication of innovative superconducting short prototype magnets for ongoing LHC upgrades and future accelerators along with the development of associated technology and engineering processes. SMT is also responsible for the superconducting magnet insulation development and provides CERN-wide support for polymer casting and rapid prototyping.

The section is presently focusing on high field magnet development primarily relying on Nb3Sn technology. The next few years will be crucial in the demonstration of the readiness of this technology for large scale accelerator application and in exploring its high field limits.


As applied physicist in the SMT Section, you will play a key role in the technology development and in the design and construction of superconducting magnets for the next generation of accelerators and for various diversification programs by:

  • Participating to the magnet design using multiphysics computational tools and analysis;
  • Leading engineering and technology development from the mock-up phase to the magnet assembly by combining CAD design supervision, material and process qualification, manufacturing follow-up and instrumentation.
  • Supervising the coil manufacturing, definition of the manufacturing sequences and control standards, defining the coil mechanical measurements and coil assembly procedures.
  • Ensuring the quality control for each step of the design and manufacturing.
  • Leading the analyses to assess and correlate assembly and test data from mock-ups and models, and be proactive in proposing design iterations whenever required.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of applied physics or a related field.


  • Proven experience in electromechanical complex equipment design and analyses
  • Proven experience in the design, execution and analyses of experiments in applied physics or technology development
  • Experience in mechanical or electrical quality control
  • Experience in superconducting magnet engineering (field, forces, thermal and mechanical behaviour in static and transient conditions, protection)
  • Initial experience in construction of superconducting magnets or electromechanical systems

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge and application of manufacturing methods and work preparation
  • Design of electromechanical systems
  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques
  • Construction, test and installation of superconducting magnets and systems
  • Quality management

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues; 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 Presenting information accurately and objectively.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change.
  • Solving problems: seeking and integrating other points of view when tackling an issue; consulting experts in the field and undertaking benchmarking.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.

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Eligibility and closing date:

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 10.01.2023 at midnight (00h00 CET).

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: TE-MSC-SMT-2022-156-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Applied Physicist

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