Electrical Engineer (EN-EL-EPM-2024-76-GRAP)

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Your responsibilities

We are looking for an Electrical Engineer to join our Engineering Department (EN). You will join the EN-EL-EPM section to work on Research Facility 2.0 (RF 2.0), a European Project in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The scope of the project is to set guidelines for the design of future sustainable particle accelerators: CERN's contribution focus on the electrical network supplying the facilities.

First, an analysis on the existing CERN's electrical network will be performed, and will contribute to the next stages of the project: the preparation of its digital twin by KIT and the assessment of the benefits of new technologies (energy storage, renewable power generation, FACTS) through real time simulations. The selected candidate will join the project team, composed by members of CERN, KIT and other stakeholders, and will contribute to the successful completion of the above-mentioned scope.

List of the main tasks:

  • Acquire a deep understanding of the scope of the project and of CERN's electrical network
  • Contribute to the survey of new technologies that could be deployed in the network
  • Perform studies and simulations (EMT and RMS ) integrating the new technologies, to have an evaluation of the benefits
  • Participate in site surveys
  • Contribute to the studies, the technical coordination and the onsite activities for the installation of more than 20 Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) in CERN's network
  • Perform analysis on the data available from the PMUs, building reports and dashboards on the Power Quality of the network
  • Ensure the delivery of all the relevant information to KIT for the development of the digital twin of the network
  • Follow up the activity of KIT on the digital twin to ensure a prompt alignment of needs and objectives
  • Contribute to the tests and simulations that will happen on the digital twin at the latest stages of the project
  • Prepare technical specifications to describe the requirements of the project
  • Prepare reports to describe the status of the activities and the obtained results
  • Ensure the archiving and follow up of the documentation
  • Contribute to the follow up of the project (planning and milestones, budget)
  • Participate to project and coordination meetings

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • A previous professional experience in the domain of the network studies (optimal sensor placement, distribution grid state estimation, power flow analysis) is considered an asset.
  • 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.
  • You have a professional background in Electrical Engineering (or a related field) and have either:
    • a Master's degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
    • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 12.05.2024 at 23:59 CEST.

Job reference: EN-EL-EPM-2024-76-GRAP

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

Target start date: 01-August-2024

This position requires:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6194 and 6808 Swiss Francs per month (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

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