Electronics Technical Engineer

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


In the Beams department (BE), Radio-Frequency group (RF), you will take responsibility for the design and operation of beam control and feedback electronics for the CERN accelerators.


You will:

  • Design electronic modules for the control, acceleration and the synchronisation of beams in the CERN injector complex for RF systems spanning the frequencies of several MHz to several GHz needed in the framework of upgrades and consolidation;
  • Design fast digital electronics using field programmable array (FPGA) technology, develop the associated firmware and specify software for implementing the signal processing and feedback algorithms;
  • Participate in the operation of RF systems: stand-by service, setting-up of beams in the injector complex and commissioning of new systems and electronics, as well as the interventions in case of problems;
  • Maintain and organise the inventory of spare electronics;
  • Assume responsibility for operating beam control and feedback electronics of a set of RF systems, including organising the yearly maintenance, keeping the documentation up to date and reporting issues to the beam physicists and engineers in charge of the overall systems of a particular accelerator.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience, in the field of electronics engineering or a related field.

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

You have demonstrated experience in the design, maintenance and operation of high frequency analogue electronics in an accelerator environment. This includes extensive experience in using design tools for circuit design, in supervising production, and testing and commissioning of electronics.

You are familiar with specialized RF measurement instrumentation techniques such as network analysers and spectrum analysers.

You have at least initial experience in the design of complex digital electronics boards and the design of firmware needed to implement control and synchronisation algorithms on FPGAs.

In addition, you have initial experience in operating feedback and beam control electronics with beam, including fault finding and commissioning of new electronics.

The technical competencies required for this post are: 

  • Analog circuit design, modelling and simulation.
  • Design of high frequency electronics.
  • Commissioning, operation & maintenance of electronic systems.
  • Application of instrumentation and measurement techniques.
  • Design of electronics based on field programmable logic-based devices (FPGA).

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 routine situations.

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

These functions require:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

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.