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Mechanics/Mechatronics Technician for Operation Design (TTE Programme)

CERN in looking to recruit a Mechanics/Mechatronics Technician to join its prestigious TTE programme

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 Jul 2020
  • Switzerland | CERN
  • Date posted: 30 Jun 2020
  • Job type: Technicians/Engineering
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Engineering & instrumentation

Company description
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

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job description
Are you a mechanical technician looking for a challenging professional experience to further your career?  If so, joining CERN’s TTE programme may very well give you that challenge.  

The Experimental Areas Group in the Engineering Department is responsible for the beamline and management of CERN’s experimental areas, for which it also provides support in the activities of design, installation, commissioning and maintenance.

You will join a the The Advanced Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE):  the world’s first proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration experiment! As well as demonstrating how protons can be used to generate wakefields, it will also develop the necessary technologies for long-term, proton-driven plasma acceleration projects.

AWAKE explores the use of plasma to accelerate particles to high energies over short distances by means of a dedicated proton beam line and its associated experimental area of the CERN Super Proton Sychrotron complex. (Discover more on

Following the ongoing successful first phase of the experiment, the AWAKE project has started a study for preparing for the second phase. In this context, you will join the AWAKE team in charge of “integration, installation and infrastructure”. After a period of familiarization, you will participate in activities for both phases, where the percentage spent on either can be adapted to your profile and aptitude:

  • 1. For the operation of the ongoing first phase, you will participate in the experiment coordination and you will organize activities linked to the facility’s infrastructure.
  • 2. For the design of the future second phase of AWAKE, you will participate in the design studies of the infrastructure as well as in the preparation of the first dismantling works.

In order to qualify for a place on the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member State or Associate Member State (;
  • You have a technical diploma in Mechanics,, Electromechanics, Mechatronics  or related fields (, and no more than 4 years’ relevant experience after finishing your diploma;
  • If you are currently studying, you are still eligible to apply, although you are expected to have obtained your qualification by the start of your appointment at CERN;
  • If you hold a BSc or MSc, you are not eligible. However you may be eligible for the Fellowship Programme.
  • You should have at least a working knowledge of English or French.

Specific skills required for this job

  • Experience in using 3D & 2D technical drawing
  • Experience in electromechanical systems design and construction
  • Experience in installation and maintenance of electromechanical systems
  • Quality and documentation management

Relevant behavioural skills

  • Flexibility: Adjusts plan and priorities to changing circumstances.
  • Achieving results: Takes responsibility for achieving quality results and works in a structured and efficient way.
  • Solving problems: Anticipates, identifies and analyses the key issues in complex situations.

Training value

You will be able to:

  • Learn the most recent technologies applied to beam line components and associated infrastructure (collimator, lasma cell, laser, electron beam, beam stoppers, vacuum, control systems, alarms and safety systems, remote handling, cooling and ventilation, electricity).
  • Integrate complex systems to respect today’s norms and best practices for radiation protection, standardize beam line & detector.
  • Develop Safety & Project and Quality management skills.

Additional information
CERN would very much like to benefit from your expertise, commitment and passion.  In return, CERN will provide you with:

  • An employment contract of one year, renewable for a second year; 
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French;
  • A monthly stipend of 4565 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax);
  • Coverage by CERN’s comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund;
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: an installation grant, family, child and infant allowances as well as travel expenses to and from Geneva;
  • 2.5 days of paid leave per month.

Your future life @CERN
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This is how you can apply
You will need the following documents (in PDF format) to complete your application:

Please note that the documents have to be named as shown in the parenthesis, or they won’t be taken into account. 

  • A CV; (Resume)
  • A scanned copy of your latest relevant qualification; (Degree)
  • One reference letter (from a professor or previous employer) giving an overview of your academic and/or professional achievements. This should be as broad as possible. (Ref 1,2,3)

Make sure you have all the documents needed to hand as you start your application, as once it is submitted, you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application further. 

You may upload the reference letter yourself, whilst submitting your application, or through your referee via the link you will receive shortly after submitting your application.

All applications should normally reach us no later than 29.09.2020. 


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