Applied Physicist in acoustics and non-ionising radiations


  • Switzerland
  • ┬úCompetitive
  • Contract

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Job ref: HSE-OHS-XP-2019-34


As an acoustics and non-ionising radiation expert in the Process Engineering & General Safety Services Section of the HSE-OHS Group, you will take up the role of CERN specialist in these domains by joining a multi-disciplinary team of safety experts, covering all technical domains.

The job covers aspects such as: electromagnetic fields from distribution networks, electromagnetic interference between electronic equipment (EMC), radio frequencies from transmitters and accelerating equipment, non-coherent and laser optical sources and acoustic hazards from industrial processes and equipment (compressors, turbines, etc) respectively.

You will:

  • Perform and/or validate acoustic studies and measurements on equipment to be installed on CERN's premises and propose suitable noise and vibration mitigation measures when needed.
  • Perform and/or validate studies related to NIR and perform related measurements.
  • Provide advice on laser safety, also inspecting CERN's laser installations.
  • Provide support in safety audits, technical reviews and projects.
  • Check the conformity to safety requirements of engineering and tendering specifications.
  • Design and deliver safety training related to the domains in question.
  • Write CERN's safety documentation including rules, instructions and guidelines.

Technical competencies

  • Knowledge of acoustics hazards and protection: including modelling emission and propagation of acoustic waves in order to predict noise distribution.
  • Knowledge of non-ionization radiations hazards and protection: deep knowledge of the European standards for NIR design and risk assessment and of relevant IEC standards.
  • Occupational safety and risk management: equipment risk analysis - demonstrated risk analysis skills in NIR, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Knowledge of acoustics hazards and protection: practical knowledge of software packages for acoustic analysis and simulations.
  • Use of Office software packages: knowledge of software for acoustic analysis and simulations - ability to assess the conformity of facilities with applicable safety standards.

Behavioural competencies

  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements; identifying, defining ,and assessing problems; taking action to address them.
  • Communicating effectively: demonstrating a pro-active approach to resolving differences; addressing issues of conflict constructively.
  • Demonstrating accountability: taking responsibility for own actions and decisions; presenting information accurately and objectively.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; being willing to work on different projects simultaneously.
  • Working in teams: cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals; cooperating constructively with others in the pursuit of team goals; balancing personal goals with team goals.

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