Electronics / Mechatronics Technician (TE-MSC-TM-2021-86-LD)

  • CERN
  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 09/08/2021
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At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on http://home.cern.


Job Description


Introduction

Join a team pushing the limits of accelerator-magnet test and measurement, to shape the future of CERN large accelerators. Take part!

You will join:

The Test and Measurements Section (TM) of the Magnet, Superconductors and Cryostat Group (MSC), as part of the Technology Department (TE), in charge of the qualification of magnetic materials, testing of devices, and magnetic measurements of normal and superconducting magnets. The TE-MSC group has the mandate to design, construct, and test superconducting as well as normal conducting magnets, and to integrate them in the CERN accelerator complex.


The mandate of the TM section includes acceptance test and characterization of the magnetic field of new and existing devices, along with electrical and power tests of superconducting magnets. This work is carried out by an interdisciplinary team of engineers/physicists, technicians, and students working in collaboration with magnet designers and beam physicists. To make these tests possible, and to achieve the accuracy level required to control particle beams, we develop and maintain highly specialised, world-class test facilities, electronic instrumentation and magnetic sensors. In addition, the section is responsible for the development and maintenance of real-time measurement systems that provide crucial feedback to various accelerator control systems.

Functions

As a hands-on electronics or mechatronics technician in the TM section, you will take an active part in the work related to the power tests and magnetic measurements of normal and superconducting magnets, including:

  • Design, manufacture, test and maintenance of hardware and software components of test systems and instrumentation.
  • Development and procurement of components such as PCI/PXI data acquisition cards (digitizers, integrators), analogue signal conditioning components (amplifiers, filters), ancillary equipment (cabling and signal routing components), signal generators and analyzers.
  • Maintenance and calibration of commercial and custom-built electronic and electro-mechanical instrumentation and components, such as rotating and translating actuators, encoders and interfaces.
  • Preparation and execution of test and measurement campaigns in our section’s laboratories and throughout the complex. Documentation of activities, components and test results.

After an initial period, including on-the-job training, you will be expected to:

  • Contribute to upcoming magnetic measurement campaigns for various projects at CERN and partner institutes. This may include installation and maintenance work to be carried out on instrumentation deployed at the premises of commercial and scientific partners.
  • Take up a role of responsibility for the development and maintenance of systems in our diverse and comprehensive instrument park.
  • Take responsibility within a team, of the maintenance of the real-time field-measurement systems deployed at CERN, in support of LHC injector operation.


Qualifications


Higher technical diploma or equivalent relevant experience in the field of electronics, mechatronics or instrumentation. or a related field.


Experience:

  • Proven experience in the domain of electronic instrumentation, acquisition systems or mechatronic device.
  • Experience in the operation and control of electrical and/or electromagnetic devices would be an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Testing and measurement of front-end electronics for analog sensors and transducers: filters, amplifiers and other signal conditioning modules.
  • Knowledge and application of instrumentation and measurement techniques: oscilloscopes, Digital Volt Meters, lock-in amplifiers, signal generators.
  • Construction, test and installation of electromechanical equipment and systems: motors, actuators and position sensors for rotating and translating magnetic.
  • Assembly of electronic components: pCI/PXI/Euro cards crates and racks, power supplies, patch panels, cabling and connectors.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Working in teams: cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals. Working well in groups and readily fitting into a team; participating fully and taking an active role in team activities.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Demonstrating accountability: taking responsibility for own actions and decisions.
  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in routine situations.


Additional Information


Eligibility and closing date:

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. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 16.08.2021 at 12PM CET.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 3-4

Job reference: TE-MSC-TM-2021-86-LD

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