Machining Mechanical Technician in CERN’s Main Workshop

Geneva, Switzerland
14 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2019
Contract Type
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

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Are you a technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career?  If so, joining CERN’s TTE programme may very well give you that challenge. This position as a Electronics/Automation Technician is part of our prestigious TTE programme. 

The mandate of the EN-MME group is to provide to the CERN community specific engineering solutions combining mechanical design, fabrication and material sciences.

Historically the group maintains and develops the know-how on the mechanical construction of beam accelerator components and physics detectors, involving a large spectrum of highly specialized activities, including on-site facilities and sub-contracting. The Main mechanical Workshop at CERN is part of the EN-MME group.

The main workshop uses a wide range of state-of-the-art, CNC machining technologies, with a long-term experience and deep knowledge in fabrication technologies for particle accelerator applications and other facilities dedicated to particle research.


The candidate will join the team of technicians and engineers of the MME fabrication unit. The candidate will also have the possibility to contribute hands-on to the practical work of the workshop, and to extend the current fabrication practices and know-how through an engineering approach.

Amongst the activities foreseen, the candidate will develop machining and manufacturing methods for fabrication of high-precision prototypes and of diverse components for accelerators and experimental facilities.

The candidate will gain experience and contribute to the whole production process from product design and choice of materials and parts, to programming on CNC machining centres, tooling and assembly.


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

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (;
  • You have a Technical Diploma in mechanics or equivalent (, and no more than 4 years' relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However, you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.
  • You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.

Specific skills required for this job:

  • Comprehensive use  of numerical control and of conventional machine tools;
  • Ability in defining manufacturing method, required fabrication process; knowledge in preparation of production, planning and control;
  • Interpretation of technical drawings and of conventional dimensional metrology;
  • Knowledge of metallic materials processing;
  • Working with various manufacturing techniques and machining methods (CNC milling and turning) including programming on CNC machining centres, fixtures design and tool selection;
  • Quality management of the parts manufactured.

Additional Information

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

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A take home pay of approximately 3,540 CHF 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: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2,5 days of paid leave per month.

This is how you can apply:

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification;
  • At least one reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible.
    • 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.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 31.01.2019.

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.

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