Industrial Automation Engineer (BE-ICS-CE-2023-141-GRAP)

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Your responsibilities

CERN is seeking a skilled Industrial Automation Engineer to join the Industrial Control Systems group (ICS) within the Beams department (BE). This group develops solutions and provides support for large and medium scale industrial control systems. They also promote the use of these systems, covering the domains of the experiments, the technical infrastructure and the accelerators. You will be joining the Controls Engineering section (BE-ICS-CE) which is in charge of the engineering of the industrial control systems and provides technology support CERN wide.

The focus of this position is the development and commissioning of the new cryogenics plants control systems for the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider project (HL-LHC). The responsibilities of this position cover the control systems for two new cryogenic systems (comprising industrial equipment like cold boxes, compressors and transfer lines), of the Large Hadron Collider accelerator cryogenics system.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Gathering the requirements of the control systems and compiling all the relevant documents (e.g. specifications, functional analysis, etc);
  • Designing control systems for the new cryogenics refrigerators industrial installations and employing advanced tools for generating the code automatically; 
  • Programming PLC and configure the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) of the control systems; 
  • Commissioning by managing the tests offline and in the field.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Experience in the design and engineering of industrial controls systems
  • Very good knowledge of Programmable logic controllers (PLC), IEC-61131 programming languages and communication protocols for industrial networking
  • Knowledge of high-level programming and scripting languages (e.g. C++, pythonโ€ฆ)
  • 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 Automation, Industrial Control (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: 21.01.2024 at 23:59h (midnight) CET.

Job reference: BE-ICS-CE-2023-141-GRAP

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

Target start date: 01-March-2024

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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