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Electronics / Automation Engineer (TE-MPE-MI-2024-94-GRAE)

Geneva, Switzerland
Posting live until
13 Jul 2024

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Job Description

You will join the Technology department as a member of the Machine Interlocks Section within the MPE group. The MPE group is responsible for the magnet protection system and machine interlocks for the CERN accelerator complex. The Machine Interlocks Section is responsible for the development, implementation and operation of magnet powering interlock systems, which protect the magnet equipment against possible damage.

As a Electronics / Automation Engineer, you are interested in the development of test bench systems. In this role, you will be responsible for designing and implementing automated test benches to guarantee the quality assurance of hardware production of the future generation of the Powering Interlock Controller.

You will contribute to the following:

  • Design a PXI test bench in LabWindows/CVI to ensure the quality of the production of electronic interface cards;
  • Design a Siemens PLC-based functional testbench with specific electronic cards to interface the system under test;
  • Develop PLC software programs and algorithms to automate testing procedures, collect data, and analyze results;
  • Conduct rigorous testing and validation of test bench systems to ensure accuracy, repeatability, and reliability of test results;
  • Prepare detailed technical documentation including system specifications, user manuals, test procedures, and reports.

More information here:

Who we are looking for

Skills and knowledge

  • Familiar with PXI systems and LabWindows/CVI software development environment;
  • Familiar with Siemens PLC (S7-1500 family) and its programming tool, TIA Portal;
  • Electronic design with background on interlock and safety-critical systems.
  • Fluent in English, the ability to work in French would be an advantage.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • By the application deadline, you have a maximum of two years of professional experience since graduation in automation or electronics (or a related field) and your highest educational qualification is either a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.
  • Applicants without a university degree are not eligible.
  • Applicants with a PhD are not eligible.

Additional Information

Job closing date: 10 July at 23h59 CEST.

Job reference: TE-MPE-MI-2024-94-GRAE

Contract duration: 24 months, with a possible extension up to 36 months maximum.

Target start date: 01-November-2024

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 5134 and 5647 Swiss Francs (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: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.

About us

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. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success.


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Geneva, Switzerland

Number of employees
2500+ staff members; several hundred on graduate and student programmes

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How to apply
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Closing date
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Tel +41 22 76 63 786

Company info
+41 22 76 63 786
Esplanade des Particules 1
PO Box 1211
Geneva 23

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