Mechatronics Engineer for BIDs controls (BE-CEM-MRO-2024-79-GRAP)

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Your responsibilities

The Controls Electronics and Mechatronics (CEM) group is in charge of a large palette of devices, going from LHC Collimators and other Beam-Intercepting Devices (BIDs), facilities such as CERN's High Energy Accelerator Mixed field facility (CHARM) and robots such as the LHC Train Inspection Monorail (TIM). 
You will join the Mechatronics, Robotics & Operation (MRO) section to take on the task to work on the Precision Motion control of Beam Intercepting Devices (BIDs).

In this role, you will:

  • Test and commission motion control systems;
  • Design firmware for microcontrollers, particularly the TEXAS instrument family, with knowledge of mechatronics systems including motor controls (steppers, DC brushed motors) and signal filtering;
  • Program electronics components firmware and microcrontrollers for motion controls and signal acquisition.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge


  • Experience with motion control;
  • Demonstrated experience programming in C with knowledge of good practises for architecture design;
  • Experience with hardware functional testing and software unit testing; 
  • Experience in controlling complex mechatronic systems. 


  • Experience with other testing (PTS, thermal) desirable; 
  • Knowledge of power electronics would be beneficial. 

Language skills:

  • 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 Mechatronics Engineer (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: 19.05.2024 at 23:59h (midnight) CEST.

Job reference: BE-CEM-MRO-2024-79-GRAP

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

Target start date: 01-July-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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