Electromechanical Technician (TE-MSC-TM-2022-151-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 http://home.cern.

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Are you a skilled electromechanical technician with experience in assembly, commissioning and operation of mechatronic systems or the maintenance and operation of complex test benches, looking to stretch yourself and take on a new challenge? Join CERN's Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats Group and contribute to the magnet test  team in the operation of their world-class test and measurement laboratories, for the qualification of the next generation of superconducting magnets, guiding particle beams in a variety of new accelerator projects. Take part!

As an electromechanical technician, you will be part of CERN's Technology Department (TE), which is responsible for technologies specific to existing particle accelerators, facilities and future projects. You will join the Magnet, Superconductors and Cryostat Group, which is responsible for the magnets of the beam lines of the entire CERN accelerator complex, and in particular the Magnetic Measurement Section (TE-MSC-TM) whose mandate covers the test and magnetic measurements of normal and superconducting accelerator magnets.


As an Electromechanical Technician, in the Technology (TE) department*, Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostat (MSC) group, you will:

  • Prepare and configure the test benches and its associated electronics instrumentation for the test of superconducting magnets. Participate to the assembly and commissioning of new test benches;
  • Carry out installation and preparation work for the cold testing of cryomagnet assemblies;
  • Operate the test benches for the qualification tests of superconducting magnets; interpret first line result validation and report on test results;
  • Carry out maintenance on instrumentation and safety systems, and perform on-site interventions during superconducting magnet testing;
  • Compile or prepare the documentation (test procedures and protocols, QA documents) required for the magnet test benches and contribute to the release of test documentation.

*TE department: *http://te-dep.web.cern.ch/


Technical certificate or general secondary education or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics or a related field.


  • You have demonstrated experience in the operation, commissioning and maintenance of mechatronic systems and/or mechanical, cryogenic or electrical test stations.
  • You have experience in operating a test station and are familiar with operating control systems and/or safety interlock systems.
  • You have experience in contributing proactively and as part of a team to the operation of a multidisciplinary facility.
  • You have proven experience with quality-assurance procedures, test procedures and documentation.

Technical competencies:

  • Installation, operation and maintenance of industrial data-acquisition, monitoring and control systems
  • Assembly of mechanical structures and equipment
  • Knowledge in the application of instrumentation and measurement techniques. 
  • Testing, calibration and validation of electrical equipment, such as data acquisition systems.
  • Construction, test and installation of superconducting magnets and systems would be an asset.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in Teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities
  • Demonstrating Flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements Being willing to work on different projects simultaneously
  • Managing Self: remaining objective, focussed and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems
  • Achieving Results: objectively assessing and monitoring own work; regularly reporting on progress and advising of any changes in schedule or priorities
  • Solving Problems: carrying out a full risk analysis before starting activity / project

Language skills:

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

Additional Information

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 13.01.2023 at midnight 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.
  • 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.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: TE-MSC-TM-2022-151-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electromechanical Technician

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