Low-level control software developer for pulsed systems (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 the Accelerator Beam Transfer group (ABT) in the Technology Department and in particular the Electronics and Controls section, collaborating closely with various experts of the ABT group as well as CERN beam control and operation groups. The group is in charge of the design, development, construction, installation, exploitation and maintenance of injection and extraction on specific equipment.


Within our team, you will :

  • work in the framework of automation software development,
  • develop control applications,
  • support maintenance and commissioning activities,
  • support electronic design and tests.


Skills required for the job:

  • Knowledge of SIEMENS engineering software programming for PLC framework,
  • Knowledge of SIEMENS HMI software,
  • Knowledge of industrial actuator and sensors technologies,
  • Knowledge of industrial and IoT communications,
  • Experience in design, development and testing of electronic boards will be a plus.


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 the following areas of expertise:

  • You will work on STEP7 and TIA Portal software development frameworks in collaboration with and under the supervision of an experienced PLC developer, you will acquire relevant advanced experience in the exploitation of these software packages.  
  • You will acquire experience in the control and diagnosis of fast pulsed systems in a complex control environment and will be involved in installing and commissioning of complex low-level control system.
  • You will acquire autonomy in the development and use of tools to analyze and draw conclusions on the performance of the system on which he/she is working and will have the opportunity to propose new ideas.
  • You will collaborate with several teams and gain communication and presentation skills.


Your future Life @CERN

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at CERN: https://careers.cern/benefits and https://careers.cern/our-people

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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