Digital Electronics Engineer (SY-BI-BP-2023-94-GRAP)

  • Full-time

Job Description

Your responsibilities

The SY-BI-BP section within CERNs Accelerator Systems Department designs and maintains systems measuring the transverse position of the various particle beams used at CERN. This section has undertaken an effort to consolidate the beam position monitor (BPM) system of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the PS complex (CPS).
This position is dedicated to a project that aims on maximize synergies within the BI group, and potentially at a sector level, the digital electronics at the surface buildings for those systems will be based on the future Beam Instrumentation (BI) platform for modular electronics.

In this position, you will have a key role in the development of the digital electronics for the LHC BPM consolidation and the future BI platform for modular electronics. In particular, you will:
- Participate in the definition of strategy for the LHC BPM consolidation and the future BI platform for modular electronics;
- Collaborate with the BE-CEM group in the definition, selection and evaluation of standards and technologies for the future BI platform for modular electronics;
- Select and evaluate different options for the development of system on module (SoM) (e.g. custom design, component of the shelf (COTS));
- Select and evaluate field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and system on chip (SoC) from different vendors (e.g. Intel FPGA, AMD Xilinx);
- Develop hardware (HW), FPGA gateware and SoC firmware for SOM, to be used for test and qualification purposes, as well as for the standard framework provided with the future BI platform for modular electronics;
- Collaborate with BE-CEM and SY-BI-SW in the interface between the future BI platform for modular electronics and the software (SW) infrastructure at CERN.

Your profile

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Knowledge of digital electronics;
  • Experience in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design;
  • Experience with FPGA and SoC;
  • Experience in SW programming (e.g. Python scripts)
  • Experience with high-speed interfaces is a plus (e.g. Ethernet, multi-gigabit transceivers);
  • 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 Electronics Engineering (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 fellow or graduate contract before.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 26.09.2023 at 23:59 CEST.

Job reference: SY-BI-BP-2023-94-GRAP

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

Target start date: 01-September-2023

This position requires:

  • A valid driving licence.

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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