Computer Engineer in CERN's Analogue Signal Acquisition System
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 http://home.cern.
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.
The Controls Group in the Beams department is responsible for the specification, design, procurement, integration, installation, commissioning and operation of the controls infrastructure for all CERN Accelerators, their transfer lines and the Experimental Areas. Support is also provided to the technical infrastructure services that rely on standard controls facilities provided by the group.
OASIS (Open Analogue Signal Information System) is a system developed at CERN to acquire analogue signals from devices in the particle accelerators and display them in a convenient, graphical way. It is used by equipment specialists, engineers and operators in order to watch the behaviour of a wide variety of systems in real-time.
Integration of the new digitiser families in COHAL and the FESA classes:
- Vertical integration and validation in OASIS
- Evaluation of the driver and the hardware access interface provided by the suppliers
- Evaluation of the digitiser functionality and control provided by the suppliers
- Requesting firmware, driver or hardware access library modification if necessary
You will learn to work in a software engineering team using state-of-the-art software engineering practices (Scrum-like), gain experience in real-time embedded software architectures and distributed communication protocols (MQ) and participate actively in the operational service support directly linked to the operation of the CERN Accelerator complex (LHC and injectors).
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 Engineering
- C++ developer with sound knowledge in Object Oriented Programming, Design Patterns and Realtime Programming
- Advanced knowledge of Linux development and runtime environment
- Affinity to hardware, understanding the principles of Hardware/Software Co-design
- Capability to work in close collaboration with hardware designers, driver developers and the installation experts
- Good knowledge of either English or French.
CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion. In return, you will be provided with:
- An 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: http://ftec-programme-2018.web.cern.ch 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.