Control Software Engineer (SY-ABT-BTC-2024-95-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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Have you always wanted to be challenged with the design of software for the control of equipment for one of the world's most complex and exciting scientific experiments? Then this opportunity is for you! Join the largest particle physics research laboratory in the world, CERN! Take part!

You will join the Accelerator Systems Department (SY), which is responsible for the beam-related technical systems of the CERN accelerators, and work within the Accelerator Beam Transfer Group (ABT), which is in charge of the design, development, construction, installation, exploitation, and maintenance of all the particle beam injection as well as the extraction equipment of the CERNโ€™s accelerator complex.

You will be working in the Beam Transfer Controls (BTC) Section that specialises in real-time equipment controls software and in the development of expert applications and diagnostic tools. You will play a leading role in developing next generation applications leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and in our R&D activities.


In close collaboration with the experts of the ABT Group, you will:

  • Assume the responsibility for the study, design and development of real-time software and related expert GUI applications, data acquisition, analysis and monitoring software for the operation surveillance and performance follow-up of ABT equipment;
  • Contribute to the exploitation, maintenance and upgrade of existing control systems proposing improvements as required, and take part in stand-by service for ABT equipment performing interventions on site at the level of control systems as well as power electronics;
  • Architect, design software based on ML and AI solutions, integrate within control systems, and deploy in operation for more autonomous control of ABT equipment;
  • Lead the R&D activities of the group on control technologies and system architectures needed for future accelerator projects;
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance to junior engineers and interns, fostering a collaborative and innovative team environment.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of computing science or real-time computing or a related field.


Required experience:

  • Demonstrated working experience as an object-oriented software engineer;
  • Proven experience with real-time operating system, including integration of hardware;
  • Understanding of ML and AI principles.

Desired experience:

  • Knowledge in the engineering of control and acquisition systems;
  • Basic knowledge in electrotechnics and physics, application of instrumentation and measurement techniques.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: (C++, Python, Java);
  • Development of software for embedded and real-time systems with/without OS;
  • Testing, diagnosing and optimization of software;
  • Re-use, refactoring, integration and porting of existing software;
  • Architecture and design of ICT systems: (control & data acquisition systems, data processing and analysis).

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements Identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; being willing to work on different projects simultaneously.
  • Achievingresults: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information; thinking "out of the box" and proposing fresh ideas, insights and methodologies.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English. Ability to draw-up technical reports and to make oral presentations in English.
  • Eager to rapidly acquire French proficiency if necessary.

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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 July 21, 2024, by 23:59 CEST.

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:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: SY-ABT-BTC-2024-95-LD

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