Civil Engineering Technician (SCE-SAM-CE-2023-1-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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Are you an experienced and motivated Civil Engineering technician, passionate about construction sites? Do you enjoy achieving high-quality results in a very wide range of project typologies in collaboration with highly skilled technicians? Then join an agile and dynamic team of talented civil engineers and technicians within the most unique particle physics laboratory in the world: CERN. Take part!
You will join the Civil Engineering section (CE), within the Site Asset Management (SAM) Group, which is in charge of the operation, maintenance, design, tendering and work phases of buildings and infrastructure.


As Civil Engineering technician, you will:

  • Collect, prioritize and process work requests from users and managers.
  • Take part in the definition of technical proposals according with user requirements for constructions projects, modifications and renovation works.
  • Draw up technical specifications and all relevant documents that will be used for quotations by external contractors.
  • Monitor works, including cost, quality, and schedule follow-up, until acceptance by the users.
  • Ensure that all necessary safety measures are taken on work sites.
  • Liaise with other CERN services for electrical, plumbing, heating works, etc.
  • Use existing service and frame contracts (quality/cost/delay) according to the team standards
  • Periodically report on and document your activities.


Higher technical diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of building, civil engineering or a related field.


The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated civil engineering experience in the execution and/or supervision of underground and surface works, including interior and finishing works.
  • Extensive experience in the maintenance and operation of buildings or civil engineering infrastructures
  • Proven experience in coordinating different trades

The following will be considered an asset:

  • Experience in large sites in the industrial and/or scientific environments
  • Experience in building renovation and/or concrete/steel structure works

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of building construction, consolidation and renovation
  • Maintenance management
  • Negotiating with external suppliers and service contract providers
  • Cost control
  • Use of office software packages: (Excel, MS project)

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing Self: taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen
  • Achieving Results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: readily accepting new tasks or work/projects Adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements
  • Communicating Effectively: utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved
  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.

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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 23.02.2023 at noon 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:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: SCE-SAM-CE-2023-1-LD

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