Applied Physicist / Electrical Engineer (TE-MPE-PE-2023-80-GRAP)

  • Full-time

Job Description

The Performance Assessment and Electrical QA section (PE) is a dynamic team of physicists, electrical engineers, and technicians specialized in the operation and electrical qualification of superconducting accelerator magnets and circuits and their protection systems. The upgrade to high luminosity of the LHC machine will require the installation of tens of new superconducting magnets. You will join the STEAM team (, which assists the design and testing of these magnets with multiphysics simulations.

As an Applied Physicist / Electrical Engineer working at CERN, you will:

  • Perform electro-magnetic and thermal simulations of transients occurring in the magnet circuits;
  • Validate and improve the existing multiphysics models of the STEAM library;
  • assess failure cases and worst-case scenarios that can occur during circuit testing;
  • Analyze powering and protection tests;
  • Understand any unexpected event that may occur during the magnet test campaigns.

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Who we are looking for

    Eligibility criteria:

    • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
    • You have a professional background in Physics (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.

    Skills and/or knowledge

    • Electromagnetic and circuit simulations;
    • Python;
    • Thermodynamics;
    • Ability to work in a team;
    • Knowledge of data analysis, Matlab, PSPICE, quench, superconducting magnets, and circuits are an asset;
    • You should have a working knowledge of English or French.

    Additional Information

    Job closing date: please note that the closing date has been extended until 15 October at 23h59 CET.

    Job reference: TE-MPE-PE-2023-80-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.


    About us

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