Automation Technician for HVAC and Electricity (SCE-SAM-IN-2024-9-LD)

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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

Job Description


Are you an electrical, automation or industrial computing technician? Would you like to use your industrial automation skills to take an active role in the control and regulation of the Electrical and HVAC systems of CERN’s buildings? Contribute to programming and monitor hundreds of buildings’ PLCs in the CERN campus.

You will join the Infrastructure Section (IN), within the Site Asset Management (SAM) Group of the Site and Civil Engineering (SCE) Department, which is in charge of the operation, maintenance, design, tendering and work phases of HVAC, Electrical and Sanitary installations for tertiary and industrial buildings. Find out more on SAM MANDATE | SCE (


As an Automation Technician, you will participate in the operation, maintenance, design and commissioning of electrical and HVAC control systems for CERN’s buildings and technical facilities.

You will:

  • Design, build and test automation systems in HVAC and electrical domains for new buildings and facilities.
  • Participate in the maintenance and operation of existing installations and optimize continuously their performance.
  • Provide expertise in writing and checking functional analysis and specifications, PLC programming and supervision configuration, and deploy corresponding software and operating system releases.
  • Monitor performance, availability, and computing security of the buildings’ PLC network.
  • Define, document, and implement procedures.
  • Propose improvements and upgrades of the existing equipment.
  • Coordinate technically the work of external contractor’s personnel.
  • Collaborate closely with IT teams and services across different departments at CERN.


Technical certificate or general secondary education or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Automation or Electricity or a related field.


Required Experience

  • Proficient experience in PLC programming for Electricity and HVAC systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with building management system PLCs, such as Saia or Beckhoff.
  • Experience with of DALI and KNX protocols.
  • Experience in performance analysis of building automation systems and energy counting.
  • Proven experience in sensor and actuator testing and tuning.

Experience as an asset

  • Experience with computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).
  • Experience in Digital Command Control (DCC) suite language.
  • Previous experience using scripting languages such as PGC from Saia Burgess.
  • Experience in lighting management via Dali and KNX protocols.
  • Experience with the use of Engineering Tool Software (ETS) for KNX projects configuration.
  • Storage experience and/or virtual machine experience.

Technical competencies:

  • Installation, operation and maintenance of industrial data-acquisition, monitoring and control systems.
  • Functional analysis of control systems.
  • Construction, test and installation of electromechanical equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge and application of advanced controls (non-linear, adaptative, predictive, etc.).
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages: pLCs languages, Java, Python.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Achieving results: delivering prompt and efficient service taking into account customer needs.
  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.

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 07.03.2024 at 23:59 CET.

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.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: SCE-SAM-IN-2024-9-LD

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