IT Infrastructure Support Technician (TTE Programme)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Full-time

Company Description

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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 IT technician is part of our prestigious TTE programme. 

If you are an IT technician with the passion for technology and you enjoy technical challenges and problem solving, join the Controls Group in the Beams Department. Your primary function will be to provide hardware IT support for the computing infrastructure dedicated dedicated to the CERN Accelerator control rooms. We are looking for a technician who has initiative and good communication skills, to ensure consistent delivery of services. Working as part of the Infrastructure Team (BE/CO/IN), you will ensure that all consoles, servers, video and network components are monitored and available to meet the operation of the accelerators duties. You will be part of a high skilled team, where you will learn and improve your professional skills in a fantastic environment. The scope of this activity includes new projects, as well as the consolidation and the renovation of existing installations.


Within our team, you will :

  • Order, install, and support IT hardware and software;
  • Participate in renewal of accelerators control rooms;
  • Perform cabling for data centre servers;
  • Keep up to date stock of PC, peripherals and consumables.


Skills required for the job:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment;
  • Knowledge of PC hardware troubleshooting;
  • Knowledge of Linux (RHEL/CENTos);
  • Understanding of basic networking concepts including (TCP/IP, switches and routers, and Wi-Fi);
  • In electricity: able to wire simple diagram in circuit without power;
  • In mechanic: Able to use a drill press, a hammer drill, a file;
  • Ability to lift 15 [Kg] with reasonable accommodation;
  • Material handling, new units and parts stock management;
  • Car drive license.


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 (;
  • You have a Technical Diploma (, 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 be able to communicate fluently in English or/and 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.


Your future Life @CERN

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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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