Safety/Environmental Engineer/Mechanical/Civil/Electrical Engineer

Geneva, Switzerland
01 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

The CMS experiment is one of two “general purpose” detectors operating at the Large Hadron Collider. Following 20 years of design, construction and commissioning, in 2012 the collaboration announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson, one of the missing pieces in the so-called “Standard Model” of particle physics. Since 2012 CMS has been accumulating huge amounts more data, refining its measurements of the Higgs boson and other sub-atomic particles, and searching for new phenomena. The success of CMS and the LHC is such that it is now planned to continue operation beyond its original lifetime (around 2023) for at least a further 12 years, with the LHC at that point being upgraded to provide a factor of 5 more collisions. The CMS experiment is located 100m below ground in a dedicated “experimental cavern”. A second cavern houses electronics, cryogenic systems, computing etc. Safety is of paramount importance and, with such a huge variety of infrastructure and cutting-edge technology, maintaining the existing safety systems and improving upon them is extremely challenging. The successful candidate will work in an international collaboration within the Safety, Coordination and Infrastructure (EP-CMX-SCI) section of the CMS Experimental Physics Group.

You will collaborate with the CMS Safety office in the context of the LHC Long Shutdown 2 (2019-2020) and support the major safety systems maintenance (corrective and preventive) and upgrade. In particular, you will liaise with the CMS Engineering and Integration team to ensure new safety systems integrate with the existing CMS infrastructure correctly and efficiently. You will also help with risk assessment of new complex safety systems and coordinate with other non-CMS CERN teams to ensure the maintenance and upgrades are performed to schedule and achieve their goals.

As an independent project officer for the CMS Safety office, you will work on the current Computerized Management Maintenance System (CMMS):


  • Establish comprehensive listing of all CMS safety systems and assets
  • Organize equipment by giving it a structure (systems, functional positions, assets, parts…) and dependencies
  • Upload content to the CERN Infor EAM database
  • Integrate with CMS or CERN existing infrastructure
  • Trace equipment (labelling and location update)


  • Automate and systematize the process of managing maintenance
  • Plan maintenance, scope, periodicity, resources, assignment, instructions…
  • Implement preventive maintenance schedules in the Infor EAM database
  • Test and consolidate the full maintenance process with other safety officers

Documentation management:

  • Collect existing documentation from different sources (CERN-specific document management system EDMS, safety folders, experts…)
  • Link EDMS (CERN Engineering Document Management System) and other CERN online systems to the Infor EAM equipment data base

Optional additional topics depending on your interests:

  • Design fast-access to equipment data, and work order creation (QR codes, links, augmented reality…)
  • Comparison with the existing CMS-specific CMMS, and input in the migration discussion
  • Training personnel to using the new CMMS


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 safety, environment or mechanical or other engineering subject
  • Some understanding of controls and automation
  • Basic knowledge of 3D modeling and FEA/structural analysis, in order to liaise with the CMS Engineering and Integration team efficiently
  • Good personal and interpersonal management skills

Additional Information

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: 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.

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