Electronics Engineer (EP-ESE-ME-2018-54-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Contract

Company Description

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 http://home.cern.

Job Description


Are you interested in radiation effects in CMOS and would like to contribute to the development of the next generation of detector readout electronics in High Energy Physics? Our Experimental Physics Department is looking for an enthusiastic electronics engineer or applied physicist with knowledge of radiation effects in CMOS and a willingness to understand and model those effects permitting the design of high performance readout chips for future high energy physics experiments.
You will join the Electronic Systems for Experiments Group (ESE) of the Experimental Physics Department (EP), which designs electronic systems for the experiments at CERN and also supplies a series of electronics related services. The Microelectronics section (ME) designs, qualifies and tests radiation tolerant integrated circuits which are used throughout high energy physics experiments. These circuits are used in tracking, calorimetry, muon detectors, trigger generation and high-speed links.


As an Electronics Engineer, you will be actively involved in understanding and modelling radiation effects in the latest CMOS processes, qualifying new processes for radiation tolerance, and using that knowledge to design circuits for future generations of High Energy Physics (HEP) experiments.
In particular, your work will require:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the effects of radiation on leading edge CMOS transistors and circuits.
  • Develop and verify models which describe the effects of radiation on CMOS transistors.
  • Establish protocols for the qualification of circuits for use in the Large Hadron Collider experiments and for experiments at future colliders such as CLIC or the Future Circular Collider.
  • Design circuits and circuit building blocks for the experiments.
  • Disseminate your knowledge of radiation effects to the large community of ASIC designers involved with readout circuit development for the future experiments.


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


  • Characterization of CMOS transistors: measurement techniques including I-V and C-V as well as extraction of the main electrical parameters.
  • Direct experience in the field of radiation effects in advanced CMOS transistors, with particular emphasis on Total Ionizing Dose effects at large levels of radiation.
  • Development and exploitation of automatic measurement systems for the characterization of semiconductor devices (with focus on CMOS transistors).

Experience in the following field will also be valued:

  • Design of analog circuits and familiarity with modern CEA tools for CMOS design.

Technical competencies:

  • Design and simulation of analog electronic circuits: including modelling.
  • Testing and measurement of analog electronic circuits.
  • Deep knowledge of radiation effects on CMOS technologies and mitigation techniques.
  • Profound understanding of the physics of MOS transistors in down-scaled technologies.
  • Proficiency with software languages used to control electronics instrumentation and analyse data, such as Matlab and Labview.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Demonstrating flexibility: actively participating in the implementation of new processes and technologies; demonstrating openness to new ideas and situations; readily absorbing new techniques and working practices; proposing new or improved ways of working.
  • Solving problems: being open to original ideas and creative options by which to address issues; continually driving change by seeking new ways to improve outcomes; testing solutions for long-term suitability, cross-checking with all concerned before implementation.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; providing others with timely information; delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; gaining trust and collaboration from others; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; remaining objective, focussed and productive in a stressful environment; focusing on solutions rather than problems.

Language skills:

English: spoken and written with the ability to draw up technical texts. The ability to understand and speak French in professional contexts would be an advantage.

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. (https://careers.cern/content/member-states)

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 28.06.2018.

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.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EP-ESE-ME-2018-54-LD

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