Electronics Engineer / Controls and Systems Engineer

31 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Full Time


Electronics Engineer or Controls and Systems Engineer in the Technology Department (TE), Machine Protection and Electrical Integrity Group (MPE), Machine Interlocks Section (MI).

Joining the Technology Department, you will work in the MPE group responsible for a variety of magnet and beam related protection and interlock systems across the CERN accelerator complex. You will take part in the definition, design, procurement, implementation and exploitation of custom made electronics of the Beam Interlock Systems across the CERN accelerator complex. The Beam Interlock Systems are fundamental in protecting the accelerators against possible damage from beam impact. Therefore, they are designed following high engineering standards and must be proven to operate with the required high levels of reliability and availability.

As an Electronics Engineer / Controls or Systems Engineer in the Machine Interlocks section your main tasks will involve:

  • Actively follow-up the daily operation of the Beam Interlock System in the LHC and other CERN accelerators. This includes the usage and improvement of automatic system analysis tools. Provide support and guidance to software teams to provide solutions in the accelerator control system related to the operation of the Beam Interlock System.
  • Define and update the implementation of the standard interlock solutions for new machines and related client connections, writing the specifications, following-up the installation and testing up to the first operation of the new systems with beam.
  • Participate in the definition of the second generation Beam Interlock Systems to be designed and produced in the coming years; together with other teams, define the design of these new protection electronics devices to meet the requirements in terms of electrical, mechanical reliability and radiation tolerance design and follow-up production and testing.
  • Write, document and maintain the firmware for the protection electronics based either on FPGA, micro-controllers or DSP.  
  • Support the production and testing, internal and external to CERN, of the various types of circuit boards required for the Beam Interlock System.


Master's degree, PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electronics engineering, controls or systems engineering or a related field, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Initial experience with operation and maintenance of electronics systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of electronics design for digital and mixed signal systems.
  • Proven experience in programming of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).
  • Familiarity with electrical measurement techniques.
  • Previous experience with LABVIEWTM based data acquisition and test systems would be an advantage.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Design of electronics based on field programmable logic-based devices (FPGA); and design of digital circuits.
  • Commissioning, operation and maintenance of electronic systems; testing of electronics systems.
  • Knowledge of quality and reliability assurance techniques and tools.
  • Design and development of optical data links; optical system modelling, including related simulation techniques and tools would be an asset.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements.
  • Achieving results: following through on new ideas and innovations; planning and implementing application; driving work/projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion.
  • Working in teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships; working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: demonstrating openness to new ideas and situations; being willing to work on different projects simultaneously.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; ensuring that information, procedures and decisions are appropriately documented; demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English; ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports, and/or to make oral presentations.
  • Basic knowledge of French language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

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 28.04.2017.

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