Radiation Effects Test Engineer (BE-CEM-EPR-2022-85-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


Have you always wanted to be challenged with electronics in harsh environment like the one in the CERN accelerators? Do you want to be involved in radiation test campaigns aimed at qualifying electronics components to be used CERN-wide? Would you like to apply your technical knowledge to be involved in the conception, design and development of radiation tolerant systems and testbenches? If you relish a challenge, join CERN`s Electronics Production and Radiation Tolerance section and realize your potential. Take part!

You will join the Beams Department (BE), the Controls Electronics and Mechatronics Group (CEM), and in particular the Electronics Production and Radiation Tolerance section (EPR), responsible for the qualification under radiation of electronics components for the CERN equipment. 


As a Radiation Effects Engineer in the CEM Group, you will be responsible for the qualification process of the electronics components that will be used for radiation tolerant electronics in the CERN accelerators. You will drive the radiation effects engineering aspect of the testing.

More in particular, you will:

  • Organize and participate in radiation test campaigns both at CERN and at external facilities; you will serve as a link person between CERN and external facilities to negotiate beam time and eventual local resources.
  • Define and update the guidelines to test electronic components and systems against radiation damage (dose, displacement damage and single event effects).
  • Take responsibility for specific radiation test campaigns. You will define the test conditions, design the evaluation boards and the acquisition system for the test, perform the test on site and provide a radiation test report.
  • Research new technologies to understand unique failure mechanisms under radiation.
  • Coordinate and supervise technical staff as required and students at any level (undergraduate, doctoral and Post-Doc).
  • Follow-up the electronic components procurement and ensure the radiation quality assurance.
  • Keep regular contact with all involved equipment teams and organize regular coordination meetings with all the stakeholders in the Accelerator and Technology sector.
  • Develop and implement reliability guidelines, predictions and tests on new hardware programs, as well as support failure analysis and advise on the best path forward.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electronic engineering, radiation effects, or a related field.


  • Extensive experience on electronic components radiation testing: radiation environment, test conditions, requirements, test preparation, data analysis and reporting.
  • Extensive experience with analogue and/or digital (mixed) electronic circuit design, modelling, simulation and testing.
  • Experience with electronic measurements systems and software development for test benches.
  • Experience with FPGAs and System On Chip (SoC).
  • Experience with reliability modelling and testing of electronic systems will be an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of radiation effects on electronics and mitigation techniques: as well as knowledge of radiation environment.
  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques.
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: C/C++, Python and LabVIEW.
  • Analog and Digital circuit testing and measurement techniques.
  • Knowledge of reliability concepts, processes and standards for electronic systems.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Communicating effectively: Expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point.
  • Solving problems: Identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Demonstrating accountability: working conscientiously and reliably; delivering on promises. Presenting information accurately and objectively. Taking responsibility for own actions and decisions.
  • 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 high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations. Having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind. Driving work / projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in English.

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 12 midday 3rd October 2022.

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:

  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: BE-CEM-EPR-2022-85-LD

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