Computer cluster support engineer (EP-ESE-ME-2024-87-GRAE)

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Your responsibilities

Would you like to participate in supporting the computer infrastructure used to develop integrated circuits (ASIC) for the LHC experiments (ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb) and CERN's accelerator complex? Are you an engineer with hands-on knowledge of the administration of Linux operating system and of Python coding ?

Then join us in the computer infrastructure support team in the microelectronics section of EP-ESE and you will: 

  • Look after computer infrastructure dedicated to microelectronics design, assuring the deployment of proper resources, system configuration, as well as installation and configuration of specialized Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software
  • Be involved in the design and implementation of automation for cluster services. Example targets are : design of project management system, dedicated batch processing farm and network distributed file systems
  • Work, in close contact with specialists from our IT department, on the design and implementation of cluster monitoring and alarm systems, thus developing a deep insight into CERN Data Centre configuration procedures

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Knowledge of Linux operating system administration, preferably Redhat flavour
  • Bash and/or tcsh shell programming
  • Programming in Python, the ability to program in C++ would be an advantage
  • Basic knowledge of object oriented programming
  • Knowledge in one or more of following technologies would be an advantage: Openstack, PuppetLabs, Openshift and Kubernets, working with git repositories and continuous integration (CI) techniques, deployment of ASIC and/or FPGA related EDA software
  • Fluent in English, the ability to work in French would be an advantage.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • By the application deadline, you have a maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation in Software Engineering or IT (or a related field) and your highest educational qualification is either a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.
  • Applicants without University degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 19.06.2024 at 12:00 AM (midnight) CET.

Job reference: EP-ESE-ME-2024-87-GRAE

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-September-2024

This position requires:

  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 5134 and 5647 Swiss Francs (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN's comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

About us

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


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.

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