Materials Engineer (HSE-OHS-IB-2023-3-GRAE)

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Your responsibilities

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The CARE (Cable Ageing Research) project is looking for a Materials Engineer skilled to deal with the following tasks:

  • To establish mechanical and chemical tests procedures to characterize and qualify cables in terms of aging and radiation hardness.
  • To perform all tests on cables to qualify proposed cables by manufacturers in terms of aging and radiation hardness according CERN requirements.
  • To produce electrical, chemical and mechanical analysis on tests results obtained.
  • To define appropriate samples (bundles of cables, length, types of polymers, sensors, etc.) and identify the appropriate locations (according to cable stressors) for the samples in CERN facilities.
  • To establish and characterize the artificial irradiation campaigns related to cable samples in CERN facilities or in external collaborations.
  • To ensure and monitor the measurement accuracy of the cable stressors present in all cable samples locations.
  • To deposit, monitor, collect and manage all cable samples before lab testing and analyse.
  • To liaise with the Monitoring and Calculation Working Group (MCWG) for the definition of the expected radiation level exposure for cables, and with the Radiation to Materials (R2M) Work Package in R2E related to the irradiation of cable insulating materials in external facilities.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Excellent knowledge in materials characterization.
  • Good knowledge in polymers.
  • Some experience in mechanical characterization tests.
  • Initial experience in chemical laboratories.
  • 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 maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation in Materials Engineering (or a related field) by the application deadline.
  • 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 a University degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

Additional Information

  • Job closing date: 19.01.2024 at 23:59 CET
  • Job reference: HSE-OHS-IB-2023-3-GRAE
  • Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum
  • Target start date: 01-April-2024
  • This position requires:
    • Work in Radiation Areas
    • Interventions in underground installations
  • Documents required to complete your application:
    • A CV
    • A scanned PDF of your most recent relevant qualification

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Geneva, GENEVA, CH

Genève , Switzerland