Radiation Protection Technical Engineer (HSE-RP-2019-15-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 passionate about your job as a Radiation Protection Technical Engineer? Would you like to participate in a dynamic multi-national team of radiation protection specialists? Contribute your skills and expertise in radiation protection to the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities. CERN, take part!

You will join the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection (HSE) Unit, which acts, on behalf of the Director General, in matters of safety and the protection of personnel and environment. The Radiation Protection Group protects workers and public against the risks of exposure to ionising radiation, ensuring that exposure is kept as low as reasonably achievable. The duties of CERN’s Radiation Protection Group include the assessment of radiation hazards of CERN’s activities, including new accelerators and experiments, the definition of protective measures as well as the legally required monitoring of the exposure of radiation workers to ionising radiation and radioactive waste management.



As Radiation Protection Technical Engineer, you will work in the RP Accelerator and Sites Section.

You will mainly but not exclusively:

  • Assess radiological risks at work places in accelerator tunnels, experimental areas, laboratories and workshops of CERN and take the necessary measures to ensure the respect of CERN regulations and good practices;
  • Perform radiation measurements in various, static and dynamic high energy, multi-particle radiation fields;
  • Perform work and dose planning, elaborate safety measures and working procedures;
  • Process, evaluate and analyse technical data and write technical and survey reports. Report to stakeholders (line management, auditors, etc.);
  • Coordinating the technical supervision of personnel or contractors in the application of radiation protection and general safety measures and working procedures;
  • Provide advice to waste producers within CERN on radioactive waste handling, packaging and transport as well as on radiation protection matters linked to this activity;
  • Develop new elimination pathways for radioactive waste and coordinate the follow up of the different phases of treatment, packaging and validation in view of the disposal of radioactive waste could be part of your activities within the Group.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of radiation protection and experience of radiation protection and/or radioactive waste, or a related field.



  • Experience in operational radiation protection with knowledge of measurement principles and use of radiation measurement devices (gamma spectrometry, scintillation counting techniques).
  • Experience in implementing radiation protection guidance for users.
  • Experience in management and elimination of radioactive waste and decommissioning projects.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of radiation exposure and protection.
  • Knowledge of measurement techniques for ionizing radiation.
  • Knowledge of radioactive waste management.
  • Knowledge of regulatory framework and best practice in radiation protection


Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.
  • Achieving results: delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; providing others with timely information; selecting the appropriate medium and forum to communicate.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information; sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer; proposing ways to improve or streamline existing procedures, processes and methodologies.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written French or English with the willingness to acquire the other language rapidly.

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://home.cern/about/member-states)

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 24.03.2019.

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:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

Job grade: 4-5

Job reference: HSE-RP-2019-15-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Radiation Protection Technical Engineer

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