Process Control Engineer

17 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Process Control Engineer in the Engineering Department (EN), Cooling & Ventilation Group (CV), Controls Section (CL)

You will join:

  • The Engineering Department (EN), that provides engineering competencies, infrastructure systems, and technical coordination for the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities.
  • The Cooling & Ventilation Group (CV), responsible for designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating cooling,ventilation and large scale fluid distribution systems (cooling plants, air-conditioning systems, water pumping stations, compressed air, chilled water production units and networks), for the whole laboratory, particularly in the accelerators and the experiments in the underground areas.
  • The Controls Section (CL) within the CV Group, in charge of the design, development, commissioning and support of control systems for cooling & ventilation installations.


As Process Control Engineer you will:

  • Define the requirements for C&V control systems:
  • Collecting the requirements from projects leaders and operators.
  • Defining or selecting appropriate C&V regulations strategies.
  • Participate to the development of these industrial control systems.
  • Liaising with the CERN developers of the control systems.
  • Supervising and managing external contractors implementing CV control systems.
  • Developing parts or totality of the control systems PLC and SCADA code.
  • Manage and participate to the commissioning (virtual and on site):
  • Defining the appropriate tests cases.
  • Planning the commissioning.
  • Supervising and participating to the tests with simulators or in situ.
  • Support the operators of the control systems.
  • Transferring the new control systems to operators.
  • Troubleshooting or improving existing plants controls.
  • Write technical documents, reports and notes.


Master's degree in the field of Process control, Automation engineering or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience and knowledge required for this post are:

  • Demonstrated experience in design and implementation of process controls for cooling, ventilation or compressed air plants.
  • Knowledge in Supervision Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in requirements definition.
  • Experience in definition of tests catalogues and executions of tests.
  • Experience in contract management for industrial installations.
  • Knowledge in regulation theory.
  • Knowledge in low voltage electrical systems.
  • Capability of writing technical documents, reports.

Knowledge in the following domains will be an asset:

  • Knowledge in instrumentation and fieldbuses.
  • Knowledge in advanced controls.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Design of process control functional analysis / requirement analysis.
  • Design of regulation (closed loop system, digital and analog).
  • Management and configuration of data acquisition and test systems.
  • Configuration and programming of PLC and fieldbus system / programming of PLCs.
  • Configuration, programming and use of Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Installation, maintenance & operation of control systems.
  • Cooling and HVAC process and regulation

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results.
  • Managing self:working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.
  • Working in teams.
  • Communicating effectively:providing others with timely information; ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them; adopting a pragmatic approach; understanding the value of adopting generic rather than `gold -plated' technical solutions.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts.
  • Ability to draw up technical specifications in English and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages

Eligibility and closing date

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 27.11.2016.

By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require: 

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

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