Development of Industrial Control Systems for Cooling and Ventilation Plants

Geneva, Switzerland
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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

Job Description

Welcome to the Spanish Trainee Programme FTEC (Formacion en Tecnologias Estrategicas del CERN)!

CERN and our professionals very much enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes seeking further training in a wide area of projects and who are committed and passionate about their chosen field.

Within the CERN engineering department (EN), the Cooling and Ventilation group (EN-CV) is in charge of the production, operation and maintenance of cooling and ventilation plants for accelerators tunnels, experimental cavern and technical buildings (


You will be integrated in a CV team in charge of the specifications, of the development and of the commissioning of distributed Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for a large set of CERN cooling and ventilation plants.

These ICS are implemented with a CERN suite of software tools – UNICOS - which is used for the controls of a large variety of industry like CERN plants (e.g. cooling and ventilation plants, LHC cryogenic plants, LHC experiment gas systems). This suite generates code for Siemens and Schneider Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) as well as for the WinCC OA Supervision Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
You will design and develop the PLC and SCADA code, select the proper close loop solutions and will be responsible for their tests (with simulator and in situ) and for their commissioning.

Training Value

  • You will be integrated in a team working for a domain which you can find in the industry – cooling and ventilation plants – but with plants of a very unusual size and complexity.
  • You will have to opportunity to get familiar with state of the art automation tools (PLCs, SCADA systems and code generators) and to practice with the programming of PLCs and SCADA widely used in the industry as well as with the automation (selection and tuning of regulation loops).
  • As far as the Industrial Control Systems are concerned, you will be involved in all the production phases from users’ requirements capture to commissioning including virtual commissioning with simulators.
  • Domains: C&V, Automation, industrial computing.
  • Technics: PLC, SCADA, virtual commissioning
  • Variety of tasks: User Requirements definition to Commissioning


In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Spanish national.
  • You hold or are about to complete an "ingeniero superior" or "master" degree in one of the following fields: mechanical, electrical, electronic or computing engineering, applied physics or similar. You are expected to have obtained your qualification by the time you take up your appointment at CERN.
  • You can start your traineeship in February/March 2019, however, in exceptional cases a slightly later start date might be possible which would be subject to approval by all concerned parties.
  • You have no more than 4 years’ experience following completion of your last degree.
  • You have not previously worked at CERN for more than 14 months.
  • Exceptions to the application of these criteria above can be envisaged if you hold a PhD degree or are in the process of obtaining it.
  • You have a good working knowledge of English or French.

Job specific Requirements

  • Master in Computing Enginering, Automation 
  • Industrial computing
  • Automation
  • PLC programming

Additional Information

CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion. In return, you will be provided with:

  • A contract of association of one year, renewable for a second year;
  • A monthly take-home pay of 4,128 Swiss francs;
  • 2.5 days of paid leave each month
  • Health insurance cover from a Spanish Insurance company.

The selection process will be finalized at the beginning of December by a dedicated panel of experts from CERN and CIEMAT. You can therefore expect to hear the result of your application in December.

This is how you can apply

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A CV;
  • Your most recent relevant qualification/diploma if completed;
  • Academic transcript of your highest qualification giving an overview of your grades and studied modules.
  • Optional but recommended: One or more reference letter(s): You can upload these letters at the time of application if you have them to hand. You will also be provided with a link as soon as you have submitted your application to forward to your referees to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date.

Please make sure you have all the documents requested to hand as you start your application. Once submitted you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application. If you have already applied to another FTEC position with this email, your documents will remain on your candidate profile and you don't have to submit them another time.

Please note that you must also complete the following questionnaire: and provide the relevant documents listed in the questionnaire to justify your answers by the closing date (30 November). This is required by CIEMAT in order to validate and evaluate your application. Note that if you apply to several positions of the FTEC programme, you only have to fill in the survey once.