Mechanical Engineer

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


In the Experimental Physics department (EP), Detector Technologies group (DT), you will take responsibility for the design, development, production, installation, commissioning and maintenance of particle detectors for experiments at CERN.


You will:

  • Design and integrate various particle detector components, supporting structures, services, construction and installation tooling;
  • Perform advanced mechanical analyses as support to projects, programmes and general studies;
  • Lead project engineering activities related to the design and construction of large-scale detector mechanical systems for the LHC experiments and upgrades as well as relevant non-LHC programmes;
  • Lead R&D on technologies and advanced materials to design the next generation of detectors for physics applications. Establish appropriate Quality Assurance procedures and test protocols;
  • Supervise members of the personnel.


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

Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:

You have proven expertise in detector design and integration up to the module level. You also have demonstrated experience at expert level in Advanced Computational Mechanics as well as in-depth knowledge of material science. Furthermore, you have experience in project engineering activities at international collaboration level. Finally, you have successful experience in supervising members of the personnel.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Mechanical analysis & modelling; in particular structural mechanics .
  • Knowledge of composite materials properties; in particular in computation, testing and characterisation manufacturing techniques.
  • Thermal analysis & modelling.
  • Design of mechanical systems; in particular components and systems related to particle physics detectors.
  • Mechanical testing of material; in particular testing of composites.

The behavioural competencies required for this post are:

  • Building Relationships.
  • Working in Teams.
  • Creating Vision and Strategic Partnerships.
  • Demonstrating Accountability.
  • Managing Self.
  • Optimising Resources.
  • 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

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.

The following special condition(s) may be required in the future, depending on the need of the Organization:

  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays.

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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