System Design Engineer (SY-STI-TCD-2024-112-GRAE)

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Your responsibilities

Are you a highly motivated Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineer eager to take on exciting challenges?

We invite you to become a key member of our team, where you will play a crucial role in overseeing the system design and integration of our cutting-edge target complex for the BDF/ECN3 Project.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage engineering studies pertaining to the Beam Dump Facility Target Complex of the High Intensity ECN3 Project.
  • Specify the procurement and follow-up engineering studies performed by contractors for a primary vacuum vessel and for a trolley system containing beam intercepting devices.
  • Carry out an assessment of failure modes of the different systems (including tests).
  • Coordinate the system and design integration of the different components of the target systems, including the definition of the respective interfaces.
  • Support and liaise with draughtsmen in the design optimisation of the target systems.
  • Coordinate the systems engineering and sequencing definition between the key players of the project.
  • Collaborate with the CERN stakeholders to identify procurement strategies and refine cost estimates for key components. Liaise with industrial partners to adopt proven technical solutions.
  • Collaborate closely with designers, physicists, and fellow engineers to align engineering specifications and production constraints with physics requirements.

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Skills and/or knowledge

  • A degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear Engineering or Structural engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience in systems engineering, integration and steel structures.
  • Proficiency in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
  • Strong problem-solving skills and innovative thinking.
  • Expertise of design in presence of radiation and risk of contamination is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a team at the forefront of innovation and to join a team contributing to the advancement of physics and engineering. Apply today to bring your expertise to our ambitious project.
  • 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.
  • By the application deadline, you have a maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation in Enginneering (or a related field) and 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 University degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 2d August at 23.59 PM (midnight) CET.

Job reference: SY-STI-TCD-2024-112-GRAE

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

Target start date: 01-September-2024

This position requires:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 5134 and 5647 Swiss Francs (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

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


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.

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