Applied Physicist

24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Applied physicist in the Technology Department (TE), Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (TE-MSC) Group.

The post is opened in the Technology Department (TE) that is responsible for the technologies specific to existing particle accelerators, facilities and future projects. More specifically you will integrate a leading position in the Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (TE-MSC) Group which is responsible for:

  • Design, construction and measurements of superconducting and normal conducting Magnets for the CERN accelerator complex.
  • Integration in the CERN accelerator complex, magnet cryostats and magnet quality control.
  • Support to operation of the accelerators for magnets, magnet performance, devices (current leads).
  • Development of associated technologies, namely superconductors, insulation and polymers, superconducting electrical devices and magnetic measurements for present and future accelerators.


As an applied physicist or academic electrical engineer, you will participate in leading the team of scientists and technicians in the CERN TE-MSC Group, and work on the development, characterization and prototyping of superconductors, superconducting magnets and associated electrical devices for the High-Luminosity Upgrade of the LHC, as well as future projects. You will:

  • Take responsibility for the definition of specific high field superconductors and magnet R&D programs, their implementation, including material and personnel budget, the follow-up and evaluation of the results.
  • Participate in the definition of the medium and long-term strategy for accelerator magnet R&D, defining directions, finding opportunities, creating partnerships and following-up collaborations.
  • Assist the line management in the administrative tasks associated with the normal operation, project activities and development of the TE-MSC group.

The activity requires frequent communication and reporting to line and project management, interaction with different teams and services at CERN, as well as external laboratories and industry worldwide.


PhD in the field of Applied physics or Electrical engineering, on a topic of applied superconductivity relevant to the design, engineering and construction of high field superconducting accelerator magnets, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Long-standing and proven experience in applied superconductivity, LTS and HTS materials and their applications, and specifically in relation with accelerator magnet technology.
  • Long-standing and proven experience in the field of test and measurements of superconducting magnets in cryogenic conditions.
  • Extensive leadership experience in an international environment, with a record of proven technical and managerial achievements in the scope of large size magnet projects, and the ability to lead large teams.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Knowledge of superconducting materials and High Temperature Superconductivity: expert knowledge in superconducting cables, superconducting magnets and related physics.
  • Knowledge, manufacturing, follow-up and QA of production of SC strands and SC cables: (direct experience required).
  • Applied electromagnetics and application to magnet design and optimization.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading with strength and credibility: coordinating team activities and assignments with a view to allowing the staff members to assure a healthy balance between work and personal life; making timely decisions that balance systematic analysis with decisiveness; dealing with difficulties in a timely manner; sharing successes with the team and readily taking ultimate responsibility for team failures.
  • Setting direction: coordinating activities and focusing team on goals and objectives; monitoring progress of team towards agreed goals and taking corrective action when needed; managing conflicts within the team and with stakeholders in a constructive way; taking skills, competencies and individual interests into account when delegating work/projects; providing the necessary support and resources.
  • Communicating effectively: delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions; ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented.
  • Achieving results: dividing extensive work / projects into manageable sub-tasks with clearly defined milestones.
  • Solving problems: being open to original ideas and creative options by which to address issues; continually driving change by seeking new ways to improve outcomes.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English and French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts.
  • Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports 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 23.03.2017.

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:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

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