Scientist in the field of silicon detectors (RCS-PRJ-DI-2020-98-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Contract

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Job Description


We are looking for a scientist in the field of silicon detectors to contribute to CERN’s strategic mission towards scientific excellence. CERN, take part!!

The RCS Department of CERN is opening a position for a scientist working in the research field of silicon detectors. The goal is to bridge the gap between state-of-the-art technology in solid-state detectors, also profiting from the progress over the last decade, and the needs of the new generation of tracking detectors for fundamental-physics experiments.

This position is for three years’ employment at CERN which, as part of a long-standing collaboration between CERN and the University of Geneva (“UNIGE”)  in this field, may be followed by a three-year assignment as Associate Professor Suppléant at UNIGE.


As a scientist in the field of silicon detectors development you will be placed in an active research environment at CERN doing fundamental research, which involves setting up and driving a research program with the aim to promote common points of interest and common activities in the domain. With your background in the field of solid-state detectors, you will perform applied research by creating, reinforcing and leveraging the relevant networks.

You are also expected to liaise with UNIGE experts.

During the three-year period with CERN, your main functions will be to initiate/create a group to pursue this mutually beneficial research line. You will more specifically:

  • Define the research program;
  • Promote the research line within the relevant communities;
  • Raise funds for the execution of the research program;
  • Promote applied physics findings/results in the field of solid-state detectors.

There may be also an opportunity to engage in teaching activities at the particle-physics department (DPNC) of UNIGE to the extent compatible with your duties at CERN.


PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of experimental physics or a related field.


  • Extensive post-doctoral experience in fundamental research in physics;
  • A track record of innovative research in solid-state sensors and micro-electronics, recognised by international peer reviewed publications;
  • Some experience in grant applications would be an advantage;
  • Some experience or a keen interest in teaching students and participating in the education of new scientists would be an advantage.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of modern technology in the field of pixelated detectors;
  • Knowledge of modern micro-electronics design;
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art high-performance timing sensors;
  • Knowledge of the technological progress in the field of particle and nuclear physics.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Creating vision and strategic partnerships: recognizing the benefits of collaboration with external partners, understanding their functioning and developing a strong network within the sector; promoting and communicating a compelling vision for the future; inspiring a sense of purpose and participation in a ground breaking and unique experience; creating shared interests and promoting contact and collaboration with key external partners.
  • Setting direction: coordinating activities and focusing team on goals and objectives; monitoring progress of team towards agreed goals and taking corrective action when needed; promoting innovative thinking and the circulation of ideas and information within own team and across Departments.
  • Achieving results: defining clear objectives, milestones and deliverables before initiating work/ project; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Working in teams: supporting and acting in accordance with team decisions; accepting joint responsibility for team successes and shortcomings; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals; gaining trust and collaboration from others.

Language skills:

  • Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in English.
  • Ability to understand and speak French in professional contexts, or the willingness to acquire it.

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.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 13.09.2020.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: RCS-PRJ-DI-2020-98-LD

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