Electrotechnical technician - automation engineer (TTE Programme)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Full-time

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.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Are you a technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career? If so, joining CERN’s Technician programme may very well give you that challenge.  This position as a Electrotechnical technician is part of our prestigious TTE programme. 

Join the Environment Services Section within the HSE Unit (Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit) in charge of the operation and the development of measurement systems ensuring the monitoring of emissions into the atmosphere, the discharge of effluents into watercourses surrounding CERN sites as well as the monitoring of stray-radiation linked to the operation of CERN’s accelerators and associated experiments. 


Within our team, you will contribute to the design, development, as well as the maintenance and operation of the wide network of monitors linked to CERN’s environmental monitoring programme. You will contribute in particular to :

  • operate, maintain and upgrade industrial data-acquisition and control systems related to instrumentation dedicated to stray radiation, air and water monitoring;
  • install, commission and investigate failures of PLC-based control systems;
  • implement and maintain telecommunication systems through phone cellular networks;
  • on-site integration worksites, including activities coordination with other CERN Departments;
  • maintenance activities of the monitoring network.


Skills required for the job:

  • Knowledge in the definition of technical specifications and the development of PLC and Touch Panels;
  • Knowledge in the design of low-voltage electrical circuits for PLC controls;
  • Selection, integration and commissioning of electromechanical parts (e.g air/water pumps, valves, flow meters, physicochemical sensors);
  • Knowledge in the operation and maintenance of electromechanical equipment and PLC based control systems;
  • Knowledge of CAD electrical design software for modification of electrical drawings.
  • Organised and structured approach.


In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (https://home.cern/about/member-states);
  • You have a Technical Diploma (careers.cern/ttediplomas), and no more than 4 years' relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.

You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend of 4565 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: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2,5 days of paid leave per month.

Training Value:

As a member of a team with experienced technicians and engineers from many European countries, you will get the opportunity to become a skilled technician in various fields of expertise. 

This includes setting-up and commissioning electromechanical parts, acquiring knowledge on different environmental measuring techniques and gaining experience in the design, programming and commissioning of PLC-based control systems. Furthermore you will get practical experience of maintenance systems and methods related to the operation of the environmental monitoring network, including the procurement and assembly of components.

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents, clearly labelled (e.g. “CV”, “Motivation letter”, “Academic transcript”, etc.) and in PDF format to complete your application:

  • A full and clear CV (please make sure to put as much information as possible in it)
  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification (or a screenshot of the latest academic transcript obtained if the diploma is not yet obtained);
  • At least one reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible.
    • You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 28.05.2020.

Please make sure you have all the documents requested to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application.

It's really important to fill with particular attention the motivation part and education/experience part.

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