Superconducting Magnet Engineer (ATLAS Magnet Project) (EP-ADO-SO-2024-83-LD)

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Are you a superconducting magnet engineer with hands-on experience in the maintenance, operation, and design of superconducting (detector) magnets? Would you like to contribute maintaining and operating the largest superconducting magnet system in the world? Are you interested in contributing to the design of future superconducting detector magnets and research and development of associated technologies? Then, take part!

You will join:

  • The Experimental Physics Department (EP), which carries out basic research in the field of experimental physics. It aims at providing a stimulating scientific atmosphere and remains an important reference centre for the European physics community. It contributes to the education and training of young scientists.
  • The ATLAS Magnet Team, part of the ATLAS Detector Operations Groups (ADO), which is responsible for maintaining, operating, and troubleshooting the ATLAS Central Solenoid, the ATLAS Toroid magnet, and various other superconducting detector magnet systems at CERN.
  • EP Magnet Working Group and EP R&D program, engaged in R&D of technologies for future superconducting detector magnets and contributing to various future superconducting detector magnet projects.


  • Join a team of experts who ensure the smooth operation of the ATLAS superconducting magnets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as various other superconducting detector magnets at CERN. This includes hands-on maintenance, commissioning, troubleshooting, and operation. It also includes reporting of findings through presentations and reports.
  • Together with the ATLAS Magnet Project Leader, co-chair regular meetings with experts to discuss maintenance, operation, and consolidation efforts.
  • Prepare works for the annual end-of-the-year maintenance period and the long shutdown periods.
  • Contribute to design activities for future superconducting detector magnet projects, both for CERN and for the international community.
  • Participate in Research and Development of technologies for superconducting detector magnets and associated technologies through the CERN EP R&D programme.
  • Supervise students and fellows.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of applied physics or mechanical engineering or a related field.


  • Experience in the maintenance and operation of superconducting (detector) magnets.
  • Experience in the design and fabrication of superconducting (detector) magnets and associated technologies,
  • Experience in the simulation of superconducting (detector) magnets in terms of magnetic, mechanical, and thermal properties, using FEM software such as ANSYS and COMSOL,
  • Experience in the preparation of design and drawings, using design software such as CATIA.

Technical competencies:

  • Design and modelling of superconducting magnets,
  • Operation and maintenance of superconducting magnet systems,
  • Knowledge and application of cryogenic fluid and material properties,
  • Configuration and use of information management systems: in particular CAD design software such as Catia,
  • Simulation, design, and development of superconducting detector magnets.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Communicating Effectively:
    • Expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point,
    • Delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions,
    • Utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved.
  • Achieving Results:
    • Objectively assessing and monitoring own work; regularly reporting on progress and advising of any changes in schedule or priorities,
    • Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind,
    • Driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion
  • Solving Problems:
    • Identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them,
    • Finding the information needed to solve problems; making objective judgments based on all the facts available,
    • Assimilating large quantities of information, identifying key issues and formulating conclusions clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrating Flexibility:
    • Demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change,
    • Adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements Instigating and promoting change as an opportunity for organisational development.
  • Working in Teams:
    • Cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals,
    • Building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships,
    • Contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English: ability to understand and speak in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations.

French knowledge would be a plus, willingness to acquire it is mandatory.

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 03.07.2024 at 23:45.

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.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-ADO-SO-2024-83-LD

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