Materials Engineer

11 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Materials Engineer in the Engineering Department (EN), Mechanical and Materials Engineering Group (MME).

You will join:

  • The Engineering (EN) Department that provides engineering competences, infrastructure systems and technical coordination for the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities.
  • The Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Group that provides specific engineering solutions for CERN, combining mechanical design, production facilities and material science support.
  • The Materials, Metrology and Non-Destructive Testing (MM) section that undertakes the development, selection, specification, characterisation and analysis of materials such as metals and their alloys, composites, ceramics and thin films. The section provides support for the quality control of materials and components including non-destructive testing and dimensional controls; conceives and realises a large range of static and dynamic mechanical tests and measurements and performs failure analyses. The team maintains and develops several decades of know-how and experience in material selection and investigation for the construction of beam accelerators and physics detectors. In-house facilities for material testing are available, including for characterization of materials at very low temperatures.


As a Materials Engineer in the EN-MME-MM section you will:

  • Take part in the analysis of materials, in a small group of specialists, in particular using Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) associated with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction, optical and digital microscopy and automatic image analysis.
  • Introduce and carry out research as part of individual studies of materials, perform failure analysis of materials and components.
  • Make critical assessments of metallurgical observations and various associated results, produce technical reports and advise users on problems connected with materials.
  • Suggest test programs, present results in technical or scientific meetings.
  • Take charge of an existing working group on metal raw materials in support to the CERN stores, representing the different needs and interests in metal raw materials in the Organization. Define in this framework the technical specifications and follow the developments in processing and manufacturing of metallic raw materials.
  • Carry out mechanical tests at cryogenic and room temperatures and develop adapted test facilities for fracture mechanics tests at cryogenic temperature.


Master's degree in the field of materials science and engineering, with a specialization in metallurgy, or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Demonstrated working experience in materials engineering, including the field of material testing and behaviour.
  • Initial work experience in a multi-purpose metallurgy and materials testing laboratory; experience in fracture mechanics testing and assessments would be an advantage.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Destructive testing: see below for the complete list of technical competencies.
  • Knowledge of materials science in general.
  • Knowledge of microscopy and analytical techniques applied to materials such as optical, digital microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) associated with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), image analysis, X-ray diffraction and spectrographic analysis.
  • Destructive and non-destructive material testing.
  • Knowledge of materials processing and materials properties; selection and application of materials and of adapted fabrication techniques.
  • Knowledge of fracture mechanics.
  • Knowledge of low-temperature technology as applied to mechanical testing of materials would be an advantage.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results: being rigorous and producing quality results at first attempt; defining clear objectives, milestones and deliverables before initiating work/ project; allocating appropriate amount of time for completing tasks.
  • Communicating effectively: providing others with timely information; expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: readily accepting new tasks or work/projects; adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written French or English: 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 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 08.08.2017.

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.
  • These functions require interventions in underground installations.
  • 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.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.

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