Applied Physicist

20 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Applied Physicist in the Experimental Physics Department (EP), CMS Experiment Systems Group (CMX), Detector Applications Section (DA).

The EP Department carries out basic research in the field of experimental particle and nuclear physics. It aims at providing a stimulating atmosphere for detector R&D and physics analysis and is an important reference centre for the particle and nuclear physics community at larger. It contributes to the education and training of young scientists.

The CMS Experiment is one of the four large experiments of the LHC at CERN. The CMX Group is responsible for ensuring high performance of the present CMS Detector and its infrastructure and also for the design and realization of Phase II upgrades to the CMS Detector, necessary for exploiting the maximum physics potential of CMS during the future High Luminosity LHC era.

The CMS Detector Applications Section (DA) contributes directly to the CMS Tracker, Muons, Electromagnetic Calorimeter, High Granularity Calorimeter and Beam Radiation Instrumentation and Luminosity Projects, and the DA section members share technical knowledge across these projects. 


As an Applied Physicist you will play a leading role in the detector development for the CMS BRIL Project, working with other CERN departments and with international collaborators.

You will:

  • Assure the fullest availability and optimal performance of the presently installed CMS BRIL sub-systems for beam radiation, luminosity and machine induced background measurements.
  • Play a leading role in the development and upgrade of the beam radiation instrumentation and luminosity (BRIL) detector systems of the CMS detector.
  • Play a leading role in the consolidation necessary for the Fast Beams Conditions Monitor and Pixel Luminosity Telescope in LHC Long Shutdown 2.
  • Actively contribute to the design features enabling the exploitation of the CMS inner tracker for the purpose of luminosity and machine induced background measurements for the Phase II era of the CMS detector.
  • Be responsible for the BRIL detector laboratory at CERN and in optimising its setup for Phase II detector development.
  • Contribute to the understanding and prediction of the CMS prompt and residual radiation environment in the CMS cavern and CMS detector sub-systems and contribute to the upgrade strategy for radiation monitoring for CMS in Phase II.
  • Supervise CERN fellows and students.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Particle Physics, Particle Detectors, Beam Instrumentation, Radiation Physics or equivalent.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

  • Extensive experience in developing, constructing, installing and operating solid-state detectors.
  • Previous experience in working with backend electronics, real time data acquisitions and radiation simulation tools or studies.
  • Demonstrated competence in coordinating small teams.
  • Experience in working effectively with students and other collaborators. 

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Detector design, construction, testing and operation.
  • Solid-state based particle detection technologies.
  • Application of instrumentation and measurement techniques.
  • Detector performance simulation and analysis.
  • Simulation of radiation environments.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them; assimilating large quantities of information, identifying key issues and formulating conclusions clearly and concisely.
  • Setting direction: coordinating activities and focusing team on goals and objectives; monitoring progress of team towards agreed goals and taking corrective action when needed.
  • Working in teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.

The language competencies required are:

  • Spoken and written English: ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations. Willingness to learn French.

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 31.08.2017.

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 during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.