Applied Physicist

01 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


In the Technologies department (TE)Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats group (MSC), you will take a leading role in the technology design, construction, performance analysis and modelling of superconducting magnets for CERN's accelerator complex and future projects.


You will:

  • Perform conceptual design and prototyping of high-filed low temperature superconductors (LTS) and high temperature superconductor (HTS) magnets as required by CERN projects and studies (e.g. HL-LHC and FCC), as well as other initiatives and collaborations;
  • Develop relevant technologies, and be responsible for the construction of specific magnet projects, including magnet prototyping, and tests;
  • Analyze magnet test results and magnet performance in the accelerators, and provide feedback on magnet design;
  • Provide expertise on the electromagnetic modelling software for finite elements (ROXIE), within the group: user service, code development and magnet building models;
  • Supervise fellows, associates and students.


Master's degree or PhD or equivalent relevant experience in the field of physics or a related field.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

You have demonstrated experience in conceptual and engineering design of superconducting accelerator magnets, and specifically high-field LTS magnets. Furthermore, you have demonstrated experience in engineering, specification and procurement follow-up of components for the construction of superconducting accelerator magnets and the analysis of their test results. In addition, you have developed and maintained modelling software for superconducting magnet design and analysis.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Electro-mechanical construction; in particular of superconducting accelerator magnets.
  • Electro-mechanical design; in particular of superconducting accelerator magnets.
  • Quench and protection of superconducting magnets.
  • Computational methods for magnetic fields.
  • Analysis of magnetic measurements and inverse problems.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Building Relationships.
  • Working in Teams.
  • Working in the Interest of the Organization.
  • Demonstrating Flexibility.
  • Demonstrating Accountability.
  • Managing Self.
  • Achieving Results.
  • Communicating Effectively.
  • Solving Problems.
  • Learning and Sharing Knowledge.

The language competencies required are:

Spoken and written English or 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

Staff members holding a limited duration contract, ending on or later than 31.12.2017, having successfully completed their probation period.

Assessment criteria: Candidates will be assessed based on the criteria set out in ยงยง 56 and 62 of Administrative Circular No.2 (Rev. 7).

Closing date for applications: 31.08.2017 at noon Geneva time.

Note on Employment Conditions

The following special conditions may be required in the future, depending on the need of the Organization:

  • Shift work.
  • Stand-by duty.
  • Work during nights.

At a later stage, where required, the holder of an indefinite contract may have to undertake special working hours, as well as work in Radiation Areas.

The holder of an indefinite contract is expected to progress in this initial assignment or in other domains as required for the fulfilment of the Organization's mission.

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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