Cooling Engineer

11 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Cooling Engineer in the EN Department (EN), Cooling and Ventilation Group (CV), Detector cooling section.

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 and Ventilation Group (CV), responsible for designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating cooling, ventilation and air conditioning systems and large scale fluid distribution systems for the whole Laboratory, particularly in the underground areas of the accelerators and experiments.
  • The Project Section (PJ) within the CV Group, in charge of the design, tendering and work phases of CV installations as well as feasibility studies for new plants - the size of these plants can range from small systems up to large-scale structures of several MW.

You will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience in new areas and discover a domain where excellence is the key driving factor.
  • Specific training and support for professional development to foster your skills and develop your talents.


As a Cooling Engineer in the Project Section, you will be in charge of the design, installation and commissioning of existing detector cooling systems, composed by the cold production station and the distribution  as well as of the future ones.

 You will:

  • Lead and perform future projects of detector cooling systems, defining technical solutions and resources, work planning and follow up the construction works until successful commissioning.
  • Monitor installations, analyse performance and optimize working parameters in support of the operation of the plants.
  • Contribute to define and technically validate the maintenance and operation plan following the operation schedule of the Experiments and the analysis of the data and information pertaining to maintenance (via CMM software and by inspections on site).
  • Ensure regular liaison with Experiments' users for all matters related to the cooling systems.
  • Periodically report on activities and project advancement, schedules, costs or other issues.
  • Technically coordinate contractors' maintenance and installation work in compliance with contractual clauses and technical standards.
  • Write up technical reports and notes.
  • Ensure that the technical documentation is kept up-to-date and compliant with the quality standards.
  • Ensure the respect of safety rules for all interventions.


Master's degree in the field of Mechanical engineering, preferably with a specialisation in Industrial refrigeration installations, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Good experience in design of cooling systems.
  • Good experience in maintenance, operation and installation work of cooling plants.
  • Refrigeration cycles and refrigerating machines.
  • Cooling process and regulation.

Knowledge of the following would be definite assets.

  • Low voltage network and switchboards.
  • Experience in the use of CMMS tools.
  • PLC programming.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Design of detector cooling systems.
  • Organisation, planning and control: coordination of activities involving different technical fields (electricity, civil engineering, heavy handling etc.).
  • Project management.
  • Maintenance & operation of water cooling plants: distribution network, compressed air production and distribution plants.
  • Installation of water cooling plants: distribution networks, compressed air production and distribution plants.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.
  • Communicating effectively: ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: readily accepting new tasks or work/projects; adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Achieving results: driving work/projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English; ability to understand and speak French in the professional context.
  • Ability to write technical specifications, reports, documentation and to make presentations in English.

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 09.12..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 is required.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

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