Applied Physicist for novel meson extraction (BE-ABP-INC-2023-52-GRAP)

  • Full-time

Job Description

Your responsibilities

You will be part of :

  • The Beams department, responsible for the beam generation, acceleration, diagnostics, controls and performance optimization for the LHC and its injector accelerators.
  • The Accelerator and Beam Physics Group, which is responsible for studying and understanding the beam dynamics over the complete CERN Accelerator Complex through theoretical, simulation and experimental studies. The group provides input and support for machine operations, devising settings and scenarios to optimize the machine performance. It is also responsible for working out concepts and ideas for future accelerators.

In this position, you will participate the ESSnuSB+ design study, being responsible for the design of a meson extraction system for meson (pion/muon) extraction downstream the primary target of 1.6MW. The mesons should be optimally collected considering the space and radiation constraints from the 1.6 MW beam, and guided to match the requirements of the low-energy NUSTORM ring. The injection system to the ring as well as the sort transfer line in between, strongly coupled to the parameters of the extracted beam, are also parts of the study.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Experience in applied physics;
  • Experience with particle tracking and simulation tools
  • Fluent in English, the ability to work in French would be an advantage.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have a professional background in Physique (or a related field) and have either:
    • a Master's degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
    • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 08.11.2023 at 23:59PM (midnight) CET.

Job reference: BE-ABP-INC-2023-52-GRAP

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-January-2024

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6194 and 6808 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: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

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